Definitions of yoke

  1. connection between two things so they move together
  2. become joined or linked together
  3. stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together
  4. fabric comprising a fitted part at the top of a garment
  5. support consisting of a wooden frame across the shoulders that enables a person to carry buckets hanging from each end
  6. put a yoke on; join with a yoke; of draft animals; " Yoke the draft horses together"
  7. link with or as with a yoke; " yoke the oxen together"
  8. stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together as a team
  9. a pair of draft animals joined by a yoke; " pulled by a yoke of oxen"
  10. an oppresssive power; " under the yoke of a tyrant"; " they threw off the yoke of domination"
  11. put a yoke on or join with a yoke; " Yoke the draft horses together"
  12. A clamp or similar piece that embraces two other parts to hold or unite them in their respective or relative positions, as a strap connecting a slide valve to the valve stem, or the soft iron block or bar permanently connecting the pole pieces of an electromagnet, as in a dynamo.
  13. A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together.
  14. A frame or piece resembling a yoke, as in use or shape.
  15. A frame of wood fitted to a person's shoulders for carrying pails, etc., suspended on each side; as, a milkmaid's yoke.
  16. A frame worn on the neck of an animal, as a cow, a pig, a goose, to prevent passage through a fence.
  17. A frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for ringing it. See Illust. of Bell.
  18. A crosspiece upon the head of a boat's rudder. To its ends lines are attached which lead forward so that the boat can be steered from amidships.
  19. A bent crosspiece connecting two other parts.
  20. 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.
  21. A band shaped to fit the shoulders or the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the waist or the skirt.
  22. A mark of servitude; hence, servitude; slavery; bondage; service.
  23. Two animals yoked together; a couple; a pair that work together.
  24. The quantity of land plowed in a day by a yoke of oxen.
  25. A portion of the working day; as, to work two yokes, that is, to work both portions of the day, or morning and afternoon.
  26. To put a yoke on; to join in or with a yoke; as, to yoke oxen, or pair of oxen.
  27. To couple; to join with another.
  28. To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to confine.
  29. To be joined or associated; to be intimately connected; to consort closely; to mate.
  30. A wooden frame to couple oxen together for work; a frame of wood fitted to a person's shoulders for carrying a bucket, etc., hanging from each end; a band or piece of cloth cut to fit the shoulders or hips to support a garment; that which binds or connects; a bond or tie; a mark or sign of slavery; hence, bondage; two animals yoked together; as, a yoke of oxen; also, a couple, or a pair that work together.
  31. To put a yoke on; as, to yoke oxen; to tie together; to couple; to place a yoke upon; hence, to enslave or confine.
  32. That which joins together: the frame of wood joining oxen for drawing: any similar frame, as one for carrying pails: a mark of servitude: slavery: ( B.) a pair or couple.
  33. To put a yoke on: to join together: to enslave.
  34. A frame worn on the neck, which connects oxen for drawing; any similar frame; bondage; servitude: a pair, as of oxen.
  35. To put a yoke on: connect.
  36. To attach by means of a yoke; put a yoke upon; enslave.
  37. A curved timber having a bow at each end to receive the neck of a draft- animal.
  38. Something that supports, binds, or connects.
  39. Servitude; bondage.
  40. A couple or pair, as of oxen.
  41. A piece of timber, hollowed or made curving near each end, and fitted with bows for receiving the necks of oxen, by means of which two are connected for drawing; a frame of wood fitted to a person's shoulders for carrying a pail, & c., suspended on each side; a mark of servitude; slavery; bondage; a chain; a hond of connection; a couple; a pair; service; a frame at the head of a boat's rudder, from the end of which are lines by which the boat is steered.
  42. To put a yoke one; to join in a yoke; to couple; to enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to confine.
  43. A curved wooden collar by which a pair of oxen are joined together for the purpose of drawing a plough or waggon; a light bar of wood with straps and hooks at the ends, placed over the shoulders for carrying water- buckets or milk- pails; a piece of wood with two arms placed over the head of a boat's rudder instead of a tiller, and having two lines, by pulling on which the boat is steered; a mark or state of servitude; bondage; any bond or connection; a couple or pair, as of oxen; in Scrip., service.
  44. To put a yoke on; to couple; to restrain; to enslave.

Usage examples for yoke

  1. Do that, and sit still a little, and they'll fasten the yoke we've groaned under on your necks. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  2. He was in command of the Austrian army when the people, growing angry at the sight of the foreigners, who had only come to put them under the Austrian yoke, rose in revolt and made them leave the town. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  3. It seems to me you know a wonderful lot of fool things that ain't so, and I can't yoke up with 'em. – The Port of Adventure by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  4. You must guard, you must earn more; the inherited bent of your character is the yoke fastened upon you. – Human, All-Too-Human, Part II by Friedrich Nietzsche
  5. The kingdom that the Galileans are eager for, that the Roman yoke may be shaken off, seems very unlikely to come under such a leader. – Quiet Talks about Jesus by S. D. Gordon
  6. Every thing was ready except one pin, which had not yet been put through the yoke. – Roumanian Fairy Tales by Various Compiler: Mite Kremnitz
  7. Your neck has been in the yoke. – Negro Migration during the War by Emmett J. Scott
  8. The opposition of private interests remains, in spite of the yoke which their accord has imposed upon it, but which only controls and does not suppress such an opposition. – Rousseau Volumes I. and II. by John Morley
  9. She had been in bonds; now the fetters were cast off, and she loved freedom too well to bend her neck again to the yoke. – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  10. Just as he turned away from the stream, he saw a yoke of oxen standing a little way off. – Old Greek Stories by James Baldwin
  11. Jesus says his yoke is easy, his burden is light. – The Seaboard Parish Volume 1 by George MacDonald
  12. Then Nausicaa bade yoke the mules, and said to Ulysses:- Arise, stranger, come with me, that I may bring thee to the house of my father. – The Story Of The Odyssey by The Rev. Alfred J. Church
  13. At day- break, I was sent for to come before the aga, and went accordingly with my seven yoke- fellows, all fastened with me by the neck to the same chain. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII. by Robert Kerr
  14. You'd have to get a yoke of three- year oxen to drag him out of this state. – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  15. It depinds on him whether we ar- re a free people or whether we wear th' yoke iv sarvichood an' bad German hats f'r all time. – Observations by Mr. Dooley by Finley Peter Dunne
  16. We had a long talk about getting a yoke of oxen, which we must have. – The Narrative of Gordon Sellar Who Emigrated to Canada in 1825 by Gordon Sellar
  17. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am kind and sympathetic, and you will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden light. – The Children's Bible by Henry A. Sherman Charles Foster Kent