• WordNet 3.6
    • v yoke put a yoke on or join with a yoke "Yoke the draft horses together"
    • v yoke link with or as with a yoke "yoke the oxen together"
    • v yoke become joined or linked together
    • n yoke stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together as a team
    • n yoke fabric comprising a fitted part at the top of a garment
    • n yoke a connection (like a clamp or vise) between two things so they move together
    • n yoke support consisting of a wooden frame across the shoulders that enables a person to carry buckets hanging from each end
    • n yoke a pair of draft animals joined by a yoke "pulled by a yoke of oxen"
    • n yoke two items of the same kind
    • n yoke an oppressive power "under the yoke of a tyrant","they threw off the yoke of domination"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Yoke A band shaped to fit the shoulders or the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the waist or the skirt.
    • Yoke A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together. "A yearling bullock to thy name shall smoke,
      Untamed, unconscious of the galling yoke ."
    • Yoke A bent crosspiece connecting two other parts.
    • Yoke (Chiefly Mach) 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.
    • Yoke 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.
    • Yoke A frame of wood fitted to a person's shoulders for carrying pails, etc., suspended on each side; as, a milkmaid's yoke .
    • Yoke A frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for ringing it. See Illust. of Bell.
    • Yoke A frame or piece resembling a yoke, as in use or shape.
    • Yoke A frame worn on the neck of an animal, as a cow, a pig, a goose, to prevent passage through a fence.
    • Yoke A mark of servitude; hence, servitude; slavery; bondage; service. "Our country sinks beneath the yoke .""My yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
    • Yoke A portion of the working day; as, to work two yokes, that is, to work both portions of the day, or morning and afternoon.
    • Yoke 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.
    • Yoke Fig.: That which connects or binds; a chain; a link; a bond connection. "Boweth your neck under that blissful yoke . . . Which that men clepeth spousal or wedlock.""This yoke of marriage from us both remove."
    • Yoke The quantity of land plowed in a day by a yoke of oxen.
    • v. i Yoke To be joined or associated; to be intimately connected; to consort closely; to mate. "We 'll yoke together, like a double shadow."
    • Yoke To couple; to join with another. "Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers.""Cassius, you are yoked with a lamb."
    • Yoke To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to confine. "Then were they yoked with garrisons.""The words and promises that yoke The conqueror are quickly broke."
    • Yoke To put a yoke on; to join in or with a yoke; as, to yoke oxen, or pair of oxen.
    • Yoke Two animals yoked together; a couple; a pair that work together. "I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n yoke In carpentry, the cross-piece at the head of a wooden window-frame, which forms the head of a window as the sill forms the foot. Compare head-sill.
    • n yoke A contrivance of great antiquity, by which a pair of draft-animals, particularly oxen, are fastened together, usually consisting of a piece of timber, hollowed or made curving near each end, and fitted with bows for receiving the necks of the animals. From a ring or hook fitted to the body a chain extends to the thing to be drawn, or to the yoke of another pair of animals behind.
    • n yoke Hence, something resembling this apparatus in form or use. A frame made to fit the shoulders and neck of a person, used for carrying a pair of buckets or pauniers, one at each end of the frame.
    • n yoke A frame of wood attached to the neck of an animal to prevent it from creeping under a fence or gate, or from jumping over a fence.
    • n yoke A cross-bar or curved piece from which a large bell is suspended for ringing.
    • n yoke Nautical, a bar attached to the rudder-head, and projecting in each direction sidewise. To the ends are attached the yoke-ropes or yoke-lines, which are pulled by the steersman in rowboats, or pass to the drum on the axis of the steering-wheel in larger craft.
    • n yoke A kind of band or supporting piece to which are fastened the plaited, gathered, or otherwise falling and depending parts of a garment, and which by its shape causes these parts to hang in a certain way: as, the yoke of a shirt, which is a double piece of stuff carried around the neck and over the shoulders, and from which the whole body of the shirt hangs; the yoke of a skirt, which supports the fullness from the hips downward.
    • n yoke A branch-pipe, or a two-way coupling for pipes, particularly twin hot- and cold-water pipes that unite in their discharge.
    • n yoke In a grain-elevator, the head-frame or top of the elevator, where the elevator-belt or lifter passes over the upper drum, and where the cups discharge into the shoot.
    • n yoke A carriage-clip for uniting two parts of the running-gear.
    • n yoke A double journal-bearing having two journals united by bars or rods, that pass on each side of the pulley, the shafting being supported by both journals: used in some forms of dynamos to carry the armature; a yoke-arbor.
    • n yoke A pair of iron clamps of semicircular shape, with a cross screw and nut at each end for tightening them around heavy pipes or other objects, for attaching the ropes when hoisting or lowering into position by power.
    • n yoke In wheelwrighting, the overlap tire-bolt washer used at the joints of the fellies.
    • n yoke (I) In an electromagnet consisting of two parallel cores joined across one pair of ends to form a U- or horseshoe-shaped magnet, the cross-bar joining the ends is called the yoke of the magnet.
    • n yoke An emblem, token, or mark of servitude, slavery, and sometimes of suffering generally. As a mark of humiliation and entire submission, the Romans caused their prisoners of war to pass under a yoke. This yoke was sometimes an actual ox-yoke, and was sometimes symbolized by a spear resting across two others fixed upright in the ground.
    • n yoke Something which couples, connects, or binds together; a bond of connection; a link; a tie.
    • n yoke A chain or ridge of hills; also, a single hill in a chain: obsolete, but still retained in some place-names: as, Troutbeck Yoke.
    • n yoke A pair; couple; brace: said of things united by some link, especially of draft-animals: very rarely of persons, in contempt.
    • n yoke As much land as may be plowed by a pair of oxen in a day; hence, as much work generally as is done at a stretch; also, a part of the working-day, as from meal-time to meal-time, in which labor is carried on without interruption. Compare yokelet.
    • n yoke Synonyms Brace, etc. See pair.
    • yoke To put a yoke on.
    • yoke To join or couple by means of a yoke.
    • yoke To join; couple; link; unite.
    • yoke To restrain; confine; oppress; enslave.
    • yoke To put horses or other draft-animals to. Compare the colloquial phrase to harness a wagon.
    • yoke To be joined together; go along with.
    • n yoke A dialectal variant of yox, yex. Also yolk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Yoke yōk that which joins together: the frame of wood joining oxen for drawing together: any similar frame, as one for carrying pails:
    • v.t Yoke to put a yoke on: to join together: to enslave
    • v.i Yoke to be joined: to go along with
    • n Yoke yōk (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
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  • Phyllis Mcginley
    “Marriage was all a woman's idea and for man's acceptance of the pretty yoke, it becomes us to be grateful.”
  • Bible
    “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. yok, ȝoc, 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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. geoc, iuc, ioc; Ger. joch; L. jugum, Gr. zygon.


In literature:

I want to drop out those three middle yoke and let them run on grass a while.
"The Wrong Woman" by Charles D. Stewart
The yoking of oxen is decidedly not matter for a flying smile to a boy.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878" by Various
When he was prepared for his deliverance the yoke of bondage passed away.
"Sparkling Gems of Race Knowledge Worth Reading" by Various
But Juno, longing for conquest and battle, led the swift-footed steeds under the yoke.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
He loves his bonds who, when the first are broke, Submits his neck unto a second yoke.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Thus ended the first effort of the Swedish peasantry to throw off the Danish yoke.
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson
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.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
Death and flame they had never blanched before; but the nameless terrors of passing under the Yankee yoke vanquished them now.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
Sometimes they were yoked with a goose-yoke made of a shingle with a hole in it.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
For this purpose a sap-yoke is borne on the shoulders, with a large pail suspended from each end.
"The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 3, March, 1886" by Various

In poetry:

O can I e'er that day forget
When Jesus kindly spoke!
Poor soul, my blood has paid thy debt,
And now I break thy yoke.
"Humbled And Silenced" by John Newton
Beneath the tyrant Satan's yoke
Our souls were long oppressed;
Till grace our galling fetters broke,
And gave the weary rest.
"We Were Pharaoh's Bondmen" by John Newton
So in these days God looks from heaven,
And marks his servants' woe;
Hear ye his voice: "Break every yoke,
And let my people go!"
"Out Of Egypt" by Horatio Alger Jr
And he found it afloat on the current,
The yoke that was hard for the brunt;
And he took the yoke and he bound it,
Upon the ox its front;
"The Ballad Of Downal Baun" by Padraic Colum
I've struggled hard against her power,
And dashed her yoke in scorn away,
And then returned, within an hour,
And meekly bowed and owned her sway.
"The Donation Visit" by David John Scott
Two thousand, ere the law was spoke —
Two thousand, under Moses' yoke —
As many shou'd (since Christ) be past —
If it indeed so long shou'd last.
"Concerning The End Of The World" by Rees Prichard

In news:

But have you heard of Poka- Yoke .
Poka- yoke is the Japanese term for mistake proofing, or setting up measures to prevent mistakes and the negative impact they can have on your bottom line.
A Yoke for the White Collar.
Yoke 's Fresh Markets to Employ Price Optimization.
Yoke 's Fresh Markets, a 13-store retailer, has selected KSS PriceStrat as its price modeling and optimization solution, KSS, Florham Park, N.J.
The newest Yoke 's Fresh Market is not a prototype but the evolution of what Yoke 's has learned over the years as it has grown, Hanson said.
Dog Owners Are Fighting The Yoke of Oppression.
How To Replace A Yoke Seal.
At Sundance, a Yoking of Youth and Thrift.
When Jeanne Johnson of rural Fayette read the recent Observer story about an antique bell with "Morenci Mich" cast into the yoke, it sort of rang a bell in her her head.
The iWash range now features the iWash Halo with a functional moving yoke (538° pan, 252° tilt beam movement, 16 bit).
Yoke's kicks off Season of Giving Food Drive.
Yoke's Fresh Markets in the Tri-Cities are kicking off their annual holiday food drive today for hungry families.
Andrew Metcalfe under the pink portage yoke.
Nature's Corner is on a straight course for success at Yoke's Foods.

In science:

Muons are measured in gas chambers in the iron return yoke.
The CMS High Level Trigger
Since the accelerometers measure in the inertial system, and are aligned with the antenna boresight, there is no need to refer to the ground coordinate system or measure mount and yoke path length variations.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers
QDO Conceptual Design The proposed cross section of the QDO is shown in Figure 2. The main components: quadrupolar core structure in Permendur, PM blocks, coils, return yokes are visible. A view of the full assembled structure of the Short Prototype of QD0 is also shown in Figure 3.
CLIC QD0 "Short Prototype" Status
The thickness of the HCal is driven by physics needs, but these needs dictate a device of sufficient thickness that, with careful design, the hadronic calorimeter can also serve as the return yoke for the solenoid.
sPHENIX: An Upgrade Concept from the PHENIX Collaboration
The upgrade will remove the central magnet including the massive iron yoke that currently provides the hadron absorber located upstream of the PHENIX muon detectors at forward rapidity.
sPHENIX: An Upgrade Concept from the PHENIX Collaboration