• WordNet 3.6
    • n oarlock a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Oarlock ōr"lŏk` (Naut) The notch, fork, or other device on the gunwale of a boat, in which the oar rests, and that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing. Certain oarlocks are designed for use with oars having attached swivels, which insert into the oarlock and provide a firm pivot. Same as Rowlock1}.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oarlock A rowlock.
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In literature:

The creaking of oarlocks and the dip of paddles was unmistakable.
"Moran of the Lady Letty" by Frank Norris
He stooped to adjust the oars to the oarlocks.
"One Basket" by Edna Ferber
She could hear the rattle of the oarlocks.
"In the Wilderness" by Charles Dudley Warner
No paddle, no creaking oarlock, broke the stillness.
"The Seats Of The Mighty, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
So they pulled together with such a frantic stroke that one of the oarlocks was lifted from its socket and dropped into the water.
"Tom Slade" by Percy K. Fitzhugh
He stooped to adjust the oars to the oarlocks.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
The best oarlocks are fastened to the oars and fit in the sockets with a long pin.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
They chose the widest and heaviest of the boats, a stout old tub with two pairs of oarlocks.
"Tom Slade's Double Dare" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
It had no engine, no sails, no rowers at the oarlocks.
"Fil and Filippa" by John Stuart Thomson
Another ball smashed into the boat just ahead of the wooden oarlock.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Cut from a piece of 1-3/4-inch stuff the oarlocks shown in No.
"Harper's Round Table, July 2, 1895" by Various
What's that you've got, a broken oarlock?
"Dave Porter in the South Seas" by Edward Stratemeyer
To me it is like the sound of oars in oarlocks.
"The Go Ahead Boys on Smugglers' Island" by Ross Kay
In each side of the shell cut an indentation 3/8 inches deep and 3/8 inches wide for oarlocks.
"Home Occupations for Boys and Girls" by Bertha Johnston

In poetry:

Out on the lake, oarlocks creak
And a woman starts to squeal,
While up in the sky, inured to it all,
The moon's disk senselessly leers.
"Unknown Woman" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok