Definition of rowlock:
- A contrivance or arrangement serving as a fulcrum for an oar in rowing. It consists sometimes of a notch in the gunwale of a boat, sometimes of a pair of pins between which the oar rests on the edge of the gunwale, sometimes of a single pin passing through the oar, or of a metal fork or stirrup pivoted in the gunwale and suporting the oar.
- "Boating", W. B. Woodgate Commentator: Harvey Mason.
- "Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III.", John Symonds.
Once or twice an oar slipped from the rowlock and she nearly went over backward, and several times one of the blades got under the water with the flat side up, so that she had difficulty in getting it out.- "The Associate Hermits", Frank R. Stockton.