Definition of yoke :
1. A band shaped to fit the shoulders or the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the waist or the skirt.
2. A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together.
3. A bent crosspiece connecting two other parts.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. A frame of wood fitted to a person's shoulders for carrying pails, etc., suspended on each side; as, a milkmaid's yoke.
7. A frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for ringing it. See Illust. of Bell.
8. A frame or piece resembling a yoke, as in use or shape.
9. A frame worn on the neck of an animal, as a cow, a pig, a goose, to prevent passage through a fence.
10. A mark of servitude; hence, servitude; slavery; bondage; service.
11. A portion of the working day; as, to work two yokes, that is, to work both portions of the day, or morning and afternoon.
12. 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.
13. Fig.: That which connects or binds; a chain; a link; a bond connection.
14. The quantity of land plowed in a day by a yoke of oxen.
15. To be joined or associated; to be intimately connected; to consort closely; to mate.
16. To couple; to join with another.
17. To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to confine.
18. To put a yoke on; to join in or with a yoke; as, to yoke oxen, or pair of oxen.
19. Two animals yoked together; a couple; a pair that work together.
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duality (part of speech: noun)
- He holds both Production and Consumption under his yoke, because both must come to him either finally for the products to be consumed, or at first for the raw materials to be worked up. - "Socialism", John Stuart Mill.
- And yet how slight the yoke had been, and how pleasant! - "The Front Yard", Constance Fenimore Woolson.
- They ought to bear the yoke in their youth, like we done. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes", William Dean Howells.