unyoke

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unyoke remove the yoke from "unyoke the cow"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unyoke To loose or free from a yoke. "Like youthful steers unyoked , they take their courses."
    • Unyoke To part; to disjoin; to disconnect.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unyoke To loose from a yoke; free from a yoke.
    • unyoke To part; disjoin.
    • unyoke To become loosed from, or as if from, a yoke; give over work; hence, to cease.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unyoke un-yōk′ to loose from a yoke: to disjoin
    • v.i Unyoke to be loosed from a yoke, to cease work
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + yoke,

Usage

In literature:

It will take us a good hour to arrive there, and then we will unyoke the oxen.
"The Mission; or Scenes in Africa" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Scarcely had we unyoked our oxen than several blacks appeared coming towards us from a neighbouring bush.
"Peter Biddulph" by W.H.G. Kingston
The horses were again unyoked, the bear dragged from its lair, and arrangements put in train for the night.
"Two Little Travellers" by Frances Browne Arthur
The oxen were finally unyoked and such a snorting and bellowing, it would be impossible to describe.
"Dangers of the Trail in 1865" by Charles E Young
Let us unyoke it from tradition, which claims to be superior, or even equal.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
But, as he was going home, one of his Oxen tired, so that he was forced to Unyoke him, that he might get him home.
"The Wonders of the Invisible World" by Cotton Mather
The train was missed, and the crowd unyoked the horses from the conveyance.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
Jotham, unyoke the cattle after you have driven them into the timber a piece.
"The Boy Settlers" by Noah Brooks
Not until they reached a still lake were the horses unyoked for rest.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Buck excitedly insisted that we must not unyoke the cattle.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
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In poetry:

``I speak of love divorced from pelf,
I speak of love unyoked and free,
Of love that deadens sense of self,
Of love that loveth utterly.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
Unyoked, the patient sleek-skinned steers
Take, like their lords, no heed of time.
Hark! now the evening star appears,
Ave Maria belfries chime.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Unyoked and empty, and the Charioteer
To Fame's expanded arms has headlong rushed
Ending the glories of a grand career,
While all the world stood hushed.
"Arms And The Man - The Dead Statesman" by James Barron Hope
--Long lonely I go
Under frost, under snow,
Hunted through hill and through hollow.
No comrade I know:
No furrow I sow:
My team stands unyoked in the fallow:
"Eamonn An Chnuic" by Thomas MacDonagh
I see his Shape who should have led these ranks--
GARFIELD I see whose presence had evoked
The stormy rapture of a Nation's thanks--
His chariot stands unyoked!
"Arms And The Man - The Dead Statesman" by James Barron Hope
Where the tired ploughman his dun oxen turns,
Unyoked, afield, mid dewy grass to stray,
While over all the village church spire burns—
A shaft of flame in the last beams of day.
"Thanksgiving" by Kate Seymour Maclean