yoke

noun
\ ˈyōk How to pronounce yoke (audio) \
plural yokes

Definition of yoke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a wooden bar or frame by which two draft animals (such as oxen) are joined at the heads or necks for working together
b : an arched device formerly laid on the neck of a defeated person
c : a frame fitted to a person's shoulders to carry a load in two equal portions
d : a bar by which the end of the tongue of a wagon or carriage is suspended from the collars of the harness
e(1) : a crosspiece on the head of a boat's rudder
(2) : an airplane control operating the elevators and ailerons
f : a frame from which a bell is hung
g : a clamp or similar piece that embraces two parts to hold or unite them in position
2 plural usually yoke : two animals yoked or worked together
3a(1) : an oppressive agency
b : tie, link especially : marriage
4 : a fitted or shaped piece at the top of a skirt or at the shoulder of various garments

yoke

verb
yoked; yoking

Definition of yoke (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to put a yoke on
(2) : to join in or with a yoke
b : to attach a draft animal to also : to attach (a draft animal) to something
2 : to join as if by a yoke
3 : to put to work

intransitive verb

: to become joined or linked

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Examples of yoke in a Sentence

Noun

a people able at last to throw off the yoke and to embrace freedom

Verb

The two oxen were yoked together. yoked several ideas together to come up with a new theory
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Not pulling back on the yoke to try to get the nose up. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Boeing 737 Max crash: Did pilots have enough flight training to fly commercial jets?," 6 July 2019 The trio feared arrest and potential execution less than living under the yoke of a totalitarian regime. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "In N. Korea nuclear talks, what about human rights?," 20 June 2019 The yoke of draft-pick compensation was one of several factors that slowed Kimbrel’s market over the winter. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Cubs add closer Craig Kimbrel and Dodgers get company in N.L. pennant race," 5 June 2019 Two ornamental copper discs inlaid with garnets rivetted the yoke to the arm. Roff Smith, National Geographic, "New research questions famed burial of ‘first’ Christian Anglo-Saxon king," 8 May 2019 Enthusiasts can add to the realism of that experience with hardware that replaces keyboards and mice with airplane-style controls such as rudder peddles or a steering-wheel-like yoke. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "‘Video games’? Pilots wonder how plane thief learned to do aerial acrobatics," 13 Aug. 2018 That means a stylish, minimalist exterior, featuring aluminum yokes, a steel headband, and a lot of high-quality plastic. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Microsoft Surface Headphones review: all the style without the polish," 15 Nov. 2018 Then use the yoke to bring the wings in line with the artificial horizon on the altitude indicator. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Land an Airplane, According to Bear Grylls," 27 Aug. 2018 The idea of liberating Americans from the yoke of car ownership undergirds much of Lyft’s rhetoric around product development. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft’s monthly subscription plan is now available nationwide," 16 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Still another, examining composers in various states of isolation, yoked together the Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo with Conlon Nancarrow, a maverick American who emigrated to Mexico to escape harassment during the McCarthy era. David Weininger, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Just go for it’: An adventurous quartet, always in the moment," 19 June 2019 While Democrats support helping Dreamers, tackling such a complex policy issue while the funding fight remains unresolved seems unlikely, the aide said, noting previous efforts to yoke the two together had collapsed. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Shutdown Enters a New Week as House Democrats Ponder Next Move," 31 Dec. 2018 And if health insurance were not yoked to employment, just imagine how much freer workers would be to demand safer working conditions and better pay. Meagan Day, Vox, "Democratic socialism, explained by a democratic socialist," 1 Aug. 2018 Even for congressional Republicans who are yoked to Trump, free trade is a sore subject. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump’s Big Trade War Bluff," 5 July 2018 Khan hopes to yoke public anger after last year’s ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for corruption. Time, "Cricket Hero Imran Khan Led Pakistan's Team to Victory. As a Politician, He's Riding a Populist Wave," 28 June 2018 Even as Lemonade disinters the pain wrought by Jay-Z’s infidelity, Beyoncé yokes her fate to his. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Do Beyoncé Fans Have to Forgive Jay-Z?," 18 June 2018 Lunt says future systems that yoke UV-capturing perovskites to infrared-capturing organics could reach efficiencies of 20%, while still being nearly entirely transparent. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells," 28 June 2018 So long as America’s main political parties remained pragmatic associations of local interests, socially progressive Democrats in the North were yoked to segregationist Democrats in the South. Yascha Mounk, The New Yorker, "The Rise of McPolitics," 12 Jan. 2015

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First Known Use of yoke

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for yoke

Noun

Middle English yok, from Old English geoc; akin to Old High German joh yoke, Latin jugum, Greek zygon, Sanskrit yuga, Latin jungere to join

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yoke

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yoke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bar or frame that is attached to the heads or necks of two work animals (such as oxen) so that they can pull a plow or heavy load
formal + literary : something that causes people to be treated cruelly and unfairly especially by taking away their freedom

yoke

verb

English Language Learners Definition of yoke (Entry 2 of 2)

: to connect (two animals) by a yoke

yoke

noun
\ ˈyōk How to pronounce yoke (audio) \

Kids Definition of yoke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a wooden bar or frame by which two work animals (as oxen) are harnessed at the heads or necks for drawing a plow or load
2 : a frame fitted to a person's shoulders to carry a load in two equal parts
3 : a clamp that holds or connects two parts
4 plural usually yoke : two animals yoked together
5 : something that brings about pain, suffering, or a loss of freedom the yoke of tyranny
7 : a fitted or shaped piece at the shoulder of a garment or at the top of a skirt

yoke

verb
yoked; yoking

Kids Definition of yoke (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put a yoke on The oxen were yoked together.
2 : to attach a work animal to Yoke the horse to the wagon.

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