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Definition of Yoke


  1. 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.
  2. A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together.
  3. A frame or piece resembling a yoke, as in use or shape.
  4. A frame of wood fitted to a person's shoulders for carrying pails, etc., suspended on each side; as, a milkmaid's yoke.
  5. A frame worn on the neck of an animal, as a cow, a pig, a goose, to prevent passage through a fence.
  6. A frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for ringing it. See Illust. of Bell.
  7. 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.
  8. A bent crosspiece connecting two other parts.
  9. 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.
  10. A band shaped to fit the shoulders or the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the waist or the skirt.
  11. Fig.: That which connects or binds; a chain; a link; a bond connection.
  12. A mark of servitude; hence, servitude; slavery; bondage; service.
  13. Two animals yoked together; a couple; a pair that work together.
  14. The quantity of land plowed in a day by a yoke of oxen.
  15. A portion of the working day; as, to work two yokes, that is, to work both portions of the day, or morning and afternoon.
  16. To put a yoke on; to join in or with a yoke; as, to yoke oxen, or pair of oxen.
  17. To couple; to join with another.
  18. To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to confine.
  19. To be joined or associated; to be intimately connected; to consort closely; to mate.

Yoke Quotations

Truly, love is delightful and pleasant food, supplying, as it does, rest to the weary, strength to the weak, and joy to the sorrowful. It in fact renders the yoke of truth easy and its burden light.
Saint Bernard

Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart. How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart. Those escape your anger who refuse your sway, and those are punished most, who most obey.
Matthew Prior

With his trademark courage and conviction, President Reagan led us out of the Cold War, spreading his vision of freedom, resulting in the release of millions of people from the yoke of communism.
John Doolittle

Insurrection by means of guerrilla bands is the true method of warfare for all nations desirous of emancipating themselves from a foreign yoke. It is invincible, indestructible.
Giuseppe Mazzini

If our republican form of government is perishing because communications - the infrastructure of that republic - is under the yoke of international business how, at last, do we save it? We must build a confrontational movement to reclaim our democracy, a movement committed to active and sustained protest against the present order.
Mark Lloyd
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Yoke Translations

yoke in Dutch is aanspannen, het juk opleggen
yoke in Finnish is ies
yoke in French is joug
yoke in Italian is staffa, giogo
yoke in Latin is subjungo
yoke in Portuguese is garfo
yoke in Spanish is yugo
yoke in Swedish is ok
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