What does yoke mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. yoke(noun)

    fabric comprising a fitted part at the top of a garment

  2. yoke(noun)

    an oppressive power

    "under the yoke of a tyrant"; "they threw off the yoke of domination"

  3. couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad(noun)

    two items of the same kind

  4. yoke(noun)

    a pair of draft animals joined by a yoke

    "pulled by a yoke of oxen"

  5. yoke(noun)

    support consisting of a wooden frame across the shoulders that enables a person to carry buckets hanging from each end

  6. yoke, coupling(noun)

    a connection (like a clamp or vise) between two things so they move together

  7. yoke(verb)

    stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together as a team

  8. yoke(verb)

    become joined or linked together

  9. yoke, link(verb)

    link with or as with a yoke

    "yoke the oxen together"

  10. yoke(verb)

    put a yoke on or join with a yoke

    "Yoke the draft horses together"


  1. yoke(Noun)

    A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together.

  2. yoke(Noun)

    A pair (of animals, especially oxen).

  3. yoke(Noun)

    A frame made to fit the neck and shoulders of a person, used for carrying a pair of buckets, etc., one at each end of the frame.

  4. yoke(Noun)

    A burden; something which represses or restrains a person.

  5. yoke(Noun)

    The part of a shirt that stretches over the shoulders, usually made out of a doubled piece of fabric. Or, a pair of fabric panels on trousers (especially jeans) or a skirt, across the back of the garment below the waistband.

  6. yoke(Noun)

    Well-developed muscles of the neck and shoulders.

  7. yoke(Noun)

    The column-mounted control wheel of an aircraft.

  8. yoke(Noun)

    The electro-magnetic coil that deflects the electron beam in a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube).

  9. yoke(Noun)

    A fitting placed across the head of the rudder with a line attached at each end by which a boat may be steered. In modern use it is primarily found in sailing canoes and kayaks.

  10. yoke(Verb)

    To link or to join.

  11. yoke(Verb)

    To unite, to connect.

  12. yoke(Noun)

    An alternative name for a cowpoke.

  13. yoke(Noun)

    An undefined object, a gadget.

  14. Origin: geoc, from yugóm. Cognate with Latin iugum (English jugular), Greek ζυγός, Sanskrit युग, Old Church Slavonic (Russian ), Persian . Compare yoga.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yoke(noun)

    a bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together

  2. Yoke(noun)

    a frame or piece resembling a yoke, as in use or shape

  3. Yoke(noun)

    a frame of wood fitted to a person's shoulders for carrying pails, etc., suspended on each side; as, a milkmaid's yoke

  4. Yoke(noun)

    a frame worn on the neck of an animal, as a cow, a pig, a goose, to prevent passage through a fence

  5. Yoke(noun)

    a frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for ringing it. See Illust. of Bell

  6. Yoke(noun)

    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

  7. Yoke(noun)

    a bent crosspiece connecting two other parts

  8. Yoke(noun)

    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

  9. Yoke(noun)

    a band shaped to fit the shoulders or the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the waist or the skirt

  10. Yoke(noun)

    fig.: That which connects or binds; a chain; a link; a bond connection

  11. Yoke(noun)

    a mark of servitude; hence, servitude; slavery; bondage; service

  12. Yoke(noun)

    two animals yoked together; a couple; a pair that work together

  13. Yoke(noun)

    the quantity of land plowed in a day by a yoke of oxen

  14. Yoke(noun)

    a portion of the working day; as, to work two yokes, that is, to work both portions of the day, or morning and afternoon

  15. Yoke(verb)

    to put a yoke on; to join in or with a yoke; as, to yoke oxen, or pair of oxen

  16. Yoke(verb)

    to couple; to join with another

  17. Yoke(verb)

    to enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to confine

  18. Yoke(verb)

    to be joined or associated; to be intimately connected; to consort closely; to mate

  19. Origin: [OE. yok, 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. 109, 280. Cf. Join, Jougs, Joust, Jugular, Subjugate, Syzygy, Yuga, Zeugma.]


  1. Yoke

    A yoke is a wooden beam, normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs, as oxen usually do; some yokes are fitted to individual animals. There are several types of yoke, used in different cultures, and for different types of oxen. A pair of oxen may be called a yoke of oxen, and yoke is also a verb, as in "to yoke a pair of oxen". Other animals that may be yoked include horses, mules, donkeys and water buffalo.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yoke

    yōk, n. that which joins together: the frame of wood joining oxen for drawing together: any similar frame, as one for carrying pails: (prov.) a chain of hills: a stretch of work—e.g. from meal-time to meal-time: a mark of servitude: slavery: a pair or couple.—v.t. to put a yoke on: to join together: to enslave.—v.i. to be joined: to go along with.—ns. Yoke′-dev′il (Shak.), a companion devil; Yoke′-fell′ow, -mate, an associate: a mate or fellow.—adj. Yoke′-toed, pair-toed.—n. Yōk′ing, as much work as is done at a stretch. [A.S. geoc, iuc, ioc; Ger. joch; L. jugum, Gr. zygon.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Yoke

    In an electro-magnet, the piece of iron which connects the ends furthest from the poles of the two portions of the core on which the wire is wound.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yoke in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yoke in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Matthew Prior:

    Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart. How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart. Those escape your anger who refuse your sway, and those are punished most, who most obey.

  2. Patro Qhamakoane:

    Knowledge is like an egg, and revelation is the yoke of an egg, until the egg is cracked, and the albumen is spilled, the revelation of the knowledge remains unknown and produces no result.

  3. Jesus Christ:

    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

  4. President Obama:

    In one afternoon 50 years ago, so much of our turbulent history -- the stain of slavery and anguish of civil war; the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow; the death of four little girls in Birmingham, and the dream of a Baptist preacher -- met on this bridge.

  5. Émile Durkheim:

    Man's characteristic privilege is that the bond he accepts is not physical but moral; that is, social. He is governed not by a material environment brutally imposed on him, but by a conscience superior to his own, the superiority of which he feels. Because the greater, better part of his existence transcends the body, he escapes the body's yoke, but is subject to that of society.

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