oar·​lock | \ ˈȯr-ˌläk How to pronounce oarlock (audio) \

Definition of oarlock

: a usually U-shaped device for holding an oar in place

Examples of oarlock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But see him now, his taut arms and tight fists gripping the oars, balanced in their oarlocks. Washington Post, "Winslow Homer’s ‘The Fog Warning’ immerses us in a life-threatening predicament," 15 Apr. 2020 All of this made the sweet relief of arriving, often after dark, even more memorable: the cool, fragrant air; the stars; falling asleep to the lake water lapping and oarlocks knocking. Suzanne Carmick, New York Times, "The Pastoral Isles of Lake Champlain," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of oarlock

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Oarlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oarlock. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oarlock

: a part that holds an oar in place on either side of a boat


oar·​lock | \ ˈȯr-ˌläk How to pronounce oarlock (audio) \

Kids Definition of oarlock

: a usually U-shaped device for holding an oar in place

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