oarlock
noun Date: before 12th century a usually U-shaped device for holding an oar in place

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  • Oarlock — Oar lock ([=o]r l[o^]k ), n. (Naut.), The notch, fork, or other device on the gunwale of a boat, in which the oar rests, and that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing. Certain oarlocks are designed for use with oars having… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oarlock — [ôr′läk΄] n. a device, often U shaped, for holding an oar in place in rowing …   English World dictionary

  • oarlock — noun A device attached to the gunwale of a rowboat to hold the oars in place while rowing. But, as luck would have it, scarcely had he started to row his boat again when an oarlock broke, and so it took him the best part of an hour to make the… …   Wiktionary

  • oarlock — /awr lok , ohr /, n. any of various devices providing a pivot for an oar in rowing, esp. a swiveling, crutchlike or ringlike metal device projecting above a gunwale. Also called rowlock. [bef. 1100; ME orlok, OE arloc. See OAR, LOCK1] * * * …   Universalium

  • oarlock — oar|lock [ˈo:lɔk US ˈo:rla:k] n AmE [: Old English; Origin: arloc] one of the small pieces of metal on a rowing boat that holds the oars …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • oarlock — oar|lock [ ɔr,lak ] noun count AMERICAN the piece of metal that holds the oar of a boat …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • oarlock — [[t]ɔ͟ː(r)lɒk[/t]] oarlocks N COUNT The oarlocks on a rowing boat are the U shaped pieces of metal that keep the oars in position while you move them backwards and forwards. [AM] (in BRIT, use rowlock) …   English dictionary

  • oarlock — oar·lock || É”rlÉ‘k / ɔːlÉ’k n. pivot for an oar; lock for an oar; device for holding an oar …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oarlock — noun N. Amer. a rowlock …   English new terms dictionary

  • oarlock — noun (C) AmE a rowlock …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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