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      n   pl   , yokes, yoke  
1    a wooden frame, usually consisting of a bar with an oxbow or similar collar-like piece at either end, for attaching to the necks of a pair of draught animals, esp. oxen, so that they can be worked as a team  
2    something resembling a yoke in form or function, such as a frame fitting over a person's shoulders for carrying buckets suspended at either end  
3    a fitted part of a garment, esp. around the neck, shoulders, and chest or around the hips, to which a gathered, pleated, flared, or unfitted part is attached  
4    an immense oppressive force or burden  
under the yoke of a tyrant     
5    a pair of oxen or other draught animals joined together by a yoke  
6    a part, esp. one of relatively thick cross section, that secures two or more components so that they move together  
7    a crosshead that transmits the drive of an opposed piston engine from the upper of a pair of linked pistons to the crankshaft through a connecting rod  
8    a steel framework around the formwork during the casting of concrete  
9      (Nautical)   a crossbar fixed athwartships to the head of a rudderpost in a small boat, to which are attached ropes or cables for steering  
10    a Y-shaped cable, rope, or chain, used for holding, towing, etc.  
11    (in the ancient world) a symbolic reconstruction of a yoke, consisting of two upright spears with a third lashed across them, under which conquered enemies were compelled to march, esp. in Rome  
12    a mark, token, or symbol of slavery, subjection, or suffering  
13    Now rare   a link, tie, or bond  
the yoke of love     
14      (Brit)  
dialect   a period of steady work, esp. the time during which a ploughman and his team work at a stretch  
15      (Irish)   any device, unusual object, or gadget  
where's the yoke for opening tins?     
16    tr   to secure or harness (a draught animal) to (a plough, vehicle, etc.) by means of a yoke  
17    to join or be joined by means of a yoke; couple, unite, or link  
18    tr  
Obsolete   to oppress, burden, or enslave  
     (Old English geoc; related to Old High German ioh, Old Norse ok, Gothic juk, Latin iugum, Sanskrit yugam)  
  yokeless      adj  
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1    bond, chain, coupling, ligament, link, tie  
2    bondage, burden, enslavement, helotry, oppression, serfdom, service, servility, servitude, slavery, thraldom, vassalage  
3    bracket, connect, couple, harness, hitch, join, link, tie, unite  

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yokel, yorker, yorkie, yokeless

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