- 1A wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull.More example sentences
harness, collar, coupling
- The god told him that he would meet a cow that had never borne the weight of a yoke or plough.
- The only noise was the snorting of oxen as they pulled against the yoke.
- The yoke was fastened to the pole with a complex of knots so thoroughly tangled that it was impossible to unravel.
- 1.3A frame fitting over the neck and shoulders of a person, used for carrying pails or baskets.More example sentences
- Women in brightly coloured headscarves and short Russian army boots carried pails of milk on yokes around their shoulders.
- By day he was working in a limestone quarry, carrying buckets of stones on a yoke.
- 1.4Used of something that is regarded as oppressive or burdensome: the yoke of imperialismMore example sentences
- The yearning of the poor that the Independence of the country and the shedding of the yoke of an oppressive colonial past would bring wealth or at least a little more prosperity to them, still remain an unfulfilled dream.
- The worst abuses were officially abolished, but the yoke of oppression did return, and new laws depriving people of their freedom and their political rights were instituted.
- Artistic approach to the style has been undergoing modern transformation, emerging out from under the oppressive yoke of postmodernist theory.
- 2.1A part of a garment that fits over the shoulders and to which the main part of the garment is attached, typically in gathers or pleats.More example sentences
- Experiment with this technique on shirt yokes and sleeve seams.
- It has the right yoke, waistband and pocket details.
- Foam usually isn't recommended for use on lightweight fabrics; however, it can be used in the yoke or neckline area of form-fitting garments.
- 2.4(In ancient Rome) an arch of three spears under which a defeated army was made to march.More example sentences
- Roman troops experienced the humiliation of having to walk like slaves under a yoke of spears after their defeat at the Caudine Forks.
- 2.5chiefly North American A control lever in an aircraft.More example sentences
- We turn the control yoke just a little toward the wind and the aileron comes up a little.
- It still had sticks, rather than control yokes, and got most of its performance out of its light weight.
- The control yoke must be held fully rearward to maintain the stall.
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- 1Put a yoke on (a pair of animals); couple or attach with or to a yoke: a plow drawn by a camel and donkey yoked togetherMore example sentences
- Oxen are yoked to the plough, donkeys carry the harvest from field to village, and cows and sheep trample the grain on the threshing floor.
- Because Cassius is yoked to him both in love and their deadly and momentous endeavour, he is a tragic hero too, powerless against the unbending resolve of Brutus to do what philosophy, not opportunity, dictates.
- The two cannot go together, and is akin to yoking a horse and a camel together.
- 1.1Cause (two people or things) to be joined in a close relationship: Hong Kong’s dollar has been yoked to America’sMore example sentences
- True pastors will caution their beloved children in the gospel, not to be unequally yoked.
- Privatization is an economic tool inexorably yoked to politics.
- The second thing to consider is the very nature of the discipleship yoked upon God's people in Christ.
Old English geoc (noun), geocian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch juk, German Joch, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin jugum and Greek zugon, also by Latin jungere 'to join'.
Entry from British & World English dictionary