Helm vs Yoke - What's the difference?

helm | yoke |

As a proper noun helm

is the only named wind in the british isles blows westward form the pennine fells over cumbria and is often accompanied by a line of clouds on top of the hills called the helm bar.

As a noun yoke is

a bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together.

As a verb yoke is

to link or to join.



(wikipedia helm)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • (nautical) The steering apparatus of a ship, especially the tiller or wheel.
  • (maritime) The member of the crew in charge of steering the boat.
  • (figurative) A position of leadership or control.
  • the helm of the Commonwealth
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 11 , author=Jonathan Stevenson , title=West Ham 2 - 1 Birmingham , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Grant will be desperate to finish the job of getting West Ham to their first Wembley cup final in 30 years when they meet Birmingham in the second leg at St Andrews on 26 January; though arguably of more pressing concern is whether he will still be at the helm for Saturday's Premier League encounter with Arsenal.}}
  • One at the place of direction or control; a guide; a director.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the helms o' the State, who care for you like fathers
  • (heraldry) A helmet.
  • (obsolete, UK, dialect) A helve.
  • Derived terms
    * at the helm * take the helm


    (en verb)
  • To be a helmsman or a member of the helm; to be in charge of steering the boat.
  • * Tennyson
  • A wild wave overbears the bark, / And him that helms it.
  • (by extension) To lead (a project, etc.).
  • * 2014 , Malcolm Jack, " John Grant with the Royal Northern Sinfonia review – positively spine-tingling", The Guardian , 1 December 2014:
  • “I wanted to change the world, but I could not even change my underwear,” sings John Grant at the piano, in a luxuriant baritone croon as thick and healthy as his beard. It’s hard to reconcile the guy who once struggled to so much as put on clean pants back in the bad old days – well-storied, not least through his own songs – with the one warmly and gracefully helming this complex, prestigious production – the penultimate date on a tour of packed concert halls, backed by an orchestra.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the business he hath helmed

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) (m), (etyl) . Compare (etyl) (m), (etyl) (m), (etyl) (m), (etyl) (m), (etyl) (m).


  • (archaic) A helmet.
  • :* Luken sweord longe, leiden o þe helmen . — Layamon's Brut, 1275
  • :: (They drew their swords and put on their helmen .)
  • :* Þe helm of hel and þe swerd of þe Spirit. — An Apology for Lollard Doctrines, Attributed to Wycliffe, 1475
  • :* The kynge Ban be-gan to laugh vndir his helme . — Merlin, 1500
  • :* {{quote-book
  • , year=1927 , year_published=2008 , edition=HTML , editor= , author=Edgar Rice Burrows , title=The Outlaw of Torn , chapter= citation , genre= , publisher=The Gutenberg Project , isbn= , page= , passage="A fearful apparition," murmured Norman of Torn. "No wonder he keeps his helm closed." }}
  • A heavy cloud lying on the brow of a mountain.
  • (Halliwell)
    Derived terms
    * (l)

    Etymology 3




    (en noun)
  • A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • A yearling bullock to thy name shall smoke, / Untamed, unconscious of the galling yoke .
  • A pair (of animals, especially oxen).
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Luke XIV:
  • And another sayd: I have bought fyve yooke of oxen, and I must goo to prove them, I praye the have me excused.
  • A frame made to fit the neck and shoulders of a person, used for carrying a pair of buckets, etc., one at each end of the frame.
  • A frame worn on the neck of an animal, such as a cow, pig, or goose, to prevent passage through a fence.
  • (figuratively) A burden; something which represses or restrains a person.
  • A frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for ringing it.
  • The part of a shirt that stretches over the shoulders, usually made out of a doubled piece of fabric. Or, a pair of fabric panels on trousers (especially jeans) or a skirt, across the back of the garment below the waistband.
  • * 1913 ,
  • [...] this city child was dressed in what was then called the "Kate Greenaway" manner, and her red cashmere frock, gathered full from the yoke , came almost to the floor.
  • (bodybuilding) Well-developed muscles of the neck and shoulders.
  • * 2010 , Jim Wendler, "Build an NFL Neck", Men's Fitness (April), page 73.
  • Nothing says you're a dedicated lifter and true athlete more than a massive yoke —that is, the muscles of the neck, traps, and rear delts.
  • (aviation) The column-mounted of an aircraft.
  • (electronics) The electro-magnetic coil that deflects the electron beam in a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube).
  • (nautical) A fitting placed across the head of the rudder with a line attached at each end by which a boat may be steered. In modern use it is primarily found in sailing canoes and kayaks.
  • (agriculture, dated, uncommon) An alternative name for a cowpoke.
  • (glassblowing) A Y-shaped stand used to support a blowpipe or punty while reheating in the glory hole.
  • (engineering) A bent crosspiece connecting two other parts.
  • A tie securing two timbers together, not used for part of a regular truss, but serving a temporary purpose, as to provide against unusual strain.
  • (dressmaking) A band shaped to fit the shoulders or the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the waist or the skirt.
  • The amount of land ploughed in a day by a pair of oxen.
  • (Gardner)
  • A portion of the working day.
  • to work two yokes , i.e. to work both morning and afternoon
  • (informal, Ireland) A miscellaneous object; a gadget.
  • Synonyms

    * (aviation) control wheel

    Derived terms

    * pass under the yoke * under the yoke


  • To link or to join.
  • *
  • Muriel and Benjamin yoked themselves into an old governess-cart and did their share.
  • To unite, to connect.
  • * Bible, 2 Corinthians vi. 14
  • Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers.
  • To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to confine.
  • * Milton
  • Then were they yoked with garrisons.
  • * Hudibras
  • The words and promises that yoke / The conqueror are quickly broke.

    Derived terms

    * yoke together