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Meaning of YOKE

Pronunciation:  yowk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together
  2. [n]  fabric comprising a fitted part at the top of a garment
  3. [n]  connection between two things so they move together
  4. [n]  support consisting of a wooden frame across the shoulders that enables a person to carry buckets hanging from each end
  5. [n]  two items of the same kind
  6. [v]  put a yoke on; join with a yoke; of draft animals; "Yoke the draft horses together"
  7. [v]  link with or as with a yoke; "yoke the oxen together"
  8. [v]  become joined or linked together

YOKE is a 4 letter word that starts with Y.


 Synonyms: brace, couple, couplet, coupling, distich, doubleton, duad, duet, duo, dyad, link, pair, span, twain, twosome
 Antonyms: unyoke
 See Also: 2, attach, cloth, conjoin, connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion, deuce, fabric, garment, II, inspan, join, material, saddlery, stable gear, support, tack, textile, tucker, two



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Yoke\, n. (Chiefly Mach.)
    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. \Yoke\ (y[=o]k), n. [OE. yok, [yogh]oc, AS. geoc; akin to
    D. juk, OHG. joh, G. joch, Icel. & Sw. ok, Dan. aag, Goth.
    juk, Lith. jungas, Russ. igo, L. jugum, Gr. zy`gon, Skr.
    yuga, and to L. jungere to join, Gr. ?, Skr. yui. [root]109,
    280. Cf. {Join}, {Jougs}, {Joust}, {Jugular}, {Subjugate},
    {Syzygy}, {Yuga}, {Zeugma}.]
    1. A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the
       heads or necks for working together.
             A yearling bullock to thy name shall smoke, Untamed,
             unconscious of the galling yoke.      --Pope.
    Note: The modern yoke for oxen is usually a piece of timber
          hollowed, or made curving, near each end, and laid on
          the necks of the oxen, being secured in place by two
          bows, one inclosing each neck, and fastened through the
          timber. In some countries the yoke consists of a flat
          piece of wood fastened to the foreheads of the oxen by
          thongs about the horns.
    2. A frame or piece resembling a yoke, as in use or shape.
       (a) A frame of wood fitted to a person's shoulders for
           carrying pails, etc., suspended on each side; as, a
           milkmaid's yoke.
       (b) A frame worn on the neck of an animal, as a cow, a
           pig, a goose, to prevent passage through a fence.
       (c) A frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for
           ringing it. See Illust. of {Bell}.
       (d) 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.
       (e) (Mach.) A bent crosspiece connecting two other parts.
       (f) (Arch.) 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.
       (g) (Dressmaking) A band shaped to fit the shoulders or
           the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the
           waist or the skirt.
    3. Fig.: That which connects or binds; a chain; a link; a
       bond connection.
             Boweth your neck under that blissful yoke . . .
             Which that men clepeth spousal or wedlock.
             This yoke of marriage from us both remove. --Dryden.
    4. A mark of servitude; hence, servitude; slavery; bondage;
             Our country sinks beneath the yoke.   --Shak.
             My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. --Matt. xi.
    5. Two animals yoked together; a couple; a pair that work
             I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove
             them.                                 --Luke xiv.
    6. The quantity of land plowed in a day by a yoke of oxen.
       [Obs.] --Gardner.
    7. A portion of the working day; as, to work two yokes, that
       is, to work both portions of the day, or morning and
       afternoon. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
    {Neck yoke}, {Pig yoke}. See under {Neck}, and {Pig}.
    {Yoke elm} (Bot.), the European hornbeam ({Carpinus
       Betulus}), a small tree with tough white wood, often used
       for making yokes for cattle.
  3. \Yoke\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yoked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To put a yoke on; to join in or with a yoke; as, to yoke
       oxen, or pair of oxen.
    2. To couple; to join with another. ``Be ye not unequally
       yoked with unbelievers.'' --2 Cor. vi. 14.
             Cassius, you are yoked with a lamb.   --Shak.
    3. To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to
             Then were they yoked with garrisons.  --Milton.
             The words and promises that yoke The conqueror are
             quickly broke.                        --Hudibras.
  4. \Yoke\, v. i.
    To be joined or associated; to be intimately connected; to
    consort closely; to mate.
          We 'll yoke together, like a double shadow. --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a yoke in your dream means your unwillingness to conform to the customs and wishes of others.. Dreaming that you are yoking an oxen indicates that your advice and counsel will be accepted by a friend or family member. Dreaming that you fail to yoke an oxen indicates your worry for someone in your life.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Fitted on the neck of oxen for the purpose of binding to them the traces by which they might draw the plough, etc. (Num. 19:2; Deut. 21:3). It was a curved piece of wood called _'ol_.

(2.) In Jer. 27:2; 28:10, 12 the word in the Authorized Version rendered "yoke" is _motah_, which properly means a "staff," or as in the Revised Version, "bar."

These words in the Hebrew are both used figuratively of severe bondage, or affliction, or subjection (Lev. 26:13; 1 Kings 12:4; Isa. 47:6; Lam. 1:14; 3:27). In the New Testament the word "yoke" is also used to denote servitude (Matt. 11:29, 30; Acts 15:10; Gal. 5:1).

(3.) In 1 Sam. 11:7, 1 Kings 19:21, Job 1:3 the word thus translated is _tzemed_, which signifies a pair, two oxen yoked or coupled together, and hence in 1 Sam. 14:14 it represents as much land as a yoke of oxen could plough in a day, like the Latin _jugum_. In Isa. 5:10 this word in the plural is translated "acres."