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oarlock Syllabification: oar·lock
Pronunciation: /ˈôrˌläk/

Definition of oarlock in English:


North American
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A fitting on the gunwale of a boat that serves as a fulcrum for an oar and keeps it in place.
Example sentences
  • In his opinion, it is very important to have on board: oars, oarlocks, a boat hook, a good knife, a sounder and the mobile phone.
  • Jim was delegated to make the arrangements for boat, oarlocks, oars and confirmation of tide tables.
  • As I explained the mechanical advantages of rowing - the oar as lever, the oarlock as fulcrum, the sliding seat as a tool for harnessing leg power - he nodded, then frowned.

Words that rhyme with oarlock

forelock, warlock
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