A yoke is a wooden beam normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs, as oxen usually do; some yokes are fitted to individual animals. There are several types of yoke, used in different cultures, and for different types of oxen. A pair of oxen may be called a yoke of oxen, and yoke is also a verb, as in "to yoke a pair of oxen". Other animals that may be yoked include horses, mules, donkeys and water buffalo.

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  1. A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together.
  2. A pair (of animals, especially oxen).
  3. A frame made to fit the neck and shoulders of a person, used for carrying a pair of buckets, etc., one at each end of the frame.
  4. A frame worn on the neck of an animal, such as a cow, pig, or goose, to prevent passage through a fence.
  5. A burden; something which represses or restrains a person.
  6. A frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for ringing it.
  7. The part of a shirt that stretches over the shoulders, usually made out of a doubled piece of fabric. Or, a pair of fabric panels on trousers (especially jeans) or a skirt, across the back of the garment below the waistband.
  8. Well-developed muscles of the neck and shoulders.
  9. The column-mounted of an aircraft.
  10. The electro-magnetic coil that deflects the electron beam in a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube).
  11. A fitting placed across the head of the rudder with a line attached at each end by which a boat may be steered. In modern use it is primarily found in sailing canoes and kayaks.
  12. An alternative name for a cowpoke.
  13. A Y-shaped stand used to support a blowpipe or punty while reheating in the glory hole.
  14. A bent crosspiece connecting two other parts.
  15. A tie securing two timbers together, not used for part of a regular truss, but serving a temporary purpose, as to provide against unusual strain.
  16. A band shaped to fit the shoulders or the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the waist or the skirt.
  17. The amount of land ploughed in a day by a pair of oxen.
  18. A portion of the working day.
    to work two yokes, i.e. to work both morning and afternoon
  19. A miscellaneous object; a gadget.


  1. To link or to join.
  2. To unite, to connect.
  3. To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to confine.

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