oarlock

noun
oar·lock | \ˈȯr-ˌläk \

Definition of oarlock 

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

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of oarlock

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

oarlock

noun
oar·lock | \ˈȯr-ˌläk \

Kids Definition of oarlock

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

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