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English Dictionary: yoke by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
yoke
n
  1. fabric comprising a fitted part at the top of a garment
  2. an oppressive power; "under the yoke of a tyrant"; "they threw off the yoke of domination"
  3. two items of the same kind
    Synonym(s): couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad
  4. a pair of draft animals joined by a yoke; "pulled by a yoke of oxen"
  5. support consisting of a wooden frame across the shoulders that enables a person to carry buckets hanging from each end
  6. a connection (like a clamp or vise) between two things so they move together
    Synonym(s): yoke, coupling
  7. stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together as a team
v
  1. become joined or linked together
  2. link with or as with a yoke; "yoke the oxen together"
    Synonym(s): yoke, link
  3. put a yoke on or join with a yoke; "Yoke the draft horses together"
    Antonym(s): unyoke
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Yoke \Yoke\ (y[omac]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.
            Specifically:
            (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.
                                                                              --Chaucer.
  
                     This yoke of marriage from us both remove. --Dryden.
  
      4. A mark of servitude; hence, servitude; slavery; bondage;
            service.
  
                     Our country sinks beneath the yoke.   --Shak.
  
                     My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. --Matt. xi.
                                                                              30.
  
      5. Two animals yoked together; a couple; a pair that work
            together.
  
                     I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove
                     them.                                                --Luke xiv.
                                                                              19.
  
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Yoke \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Yoke \Yoke\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yoked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Yoking}.]
      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. [bd]Be ye not unequally
            yoked with unbelievers.[b8] --2 Cor. vi. 14.
  
                     Cassius, you are yoked with a lamb.   --Shak.
  
      3. To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to
            confine.
  
                     Then were they yoked with garrisons.   --Milton.
  
                     The words and promises that yoke The conqueror are
                     quickly broke.                                    --Hudibras.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Yoke \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.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
   Yoke
      (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."
     
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