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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun yoke:


Yoke (to join together) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the noun yoke

What does yoke mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: yokes

  1. fabric comprising a fitted part at the top of a garment
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: cloth / fabric / material / textile = artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
    • more specific word: tucker = a detachable yoke of linen or lace worn over the breast of a low-cut dress
    • part of: garment = an article of clothing
  2. an oppressive power
    • examples: under the yoke of a tyrant | they threw off the yoke of domination
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: oppression = the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority:
  3. two items of the same kind
  4. a pair of draft animals joined by a yoke
    • example: pulled by a yoke of oxen
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: pair = two people considered as a unit
  5. support consisting of a wooden frame across the shoulders that enables a person to carry buckets hanging from each end
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: support = any device that bears the weight of another thing
  6. a connection (like a clamp or vise) between two things so they move together
  7. stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together as a team

Alternative definition of the noun yoke


  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. [figuratively] A burden; something which represses or restrains a person.
  5. 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.
  6. [bodybuilding] Well-developed muscles of the neck and shoulders.
  7. [aviation] The column-mounted control wheel of an aircraft.
  8. [electronics] The electro-magnetic coil that deflects the electron beam in a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube).
  9. [nautical] 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.
  10. [context: agriculture, dated, uncommon] An alternative name for a cowpoke.
  11. [context: informal, Ireland] An undefined object, a gadget.

Definition of the verb yoke

What does yoke mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: yoked | yoking | yokes

  1. become joined or linked together
  2. link with or as with a yoke
  3. put a yoke on or join with a yoke

Definition of the verb yoke for high school students

    to join, link
    • example: We yoked together the logs by tying a string around them.

The verb yoke is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


Yoke is a fell in the Lake District in Cumbria, England. It has a height of 706 m and is situated in the far eastern sector of the national park, 7 kilometres north east of the town of Ambleside. Yoke is the southern extremity of the long ridge that runs southwards from the fell of High Street. Yoke’s name is believed to be derived from the Old English language word geoc which is similar to the German word joch meaning mountain ridge.


"Yoke" is a composition.


  1. Yoke: A yoke, alternatively known as a control column is a device used for piloting some fixed-wing aircraft.
  2. Yoke: A yoke is a shaped pattern piece which forms part of a garment, usually fitting around the neck and shoulders, or around the hips to provide support for looser parts of the garment, such as a gathered skirt or the body of a shirt. Yoke construction was first seen in the 19th century. Bodice yokes were first seen in the 1880s, whilst the yoke skirt, a skirt suspended from a fitted hip yoke, was first seen in 1898.
  3. Yoke: A yoke was a unit of land measurement used in Kent in England at the time of the Domesday Book for tax purposes. It was equal to a quarter of a sulung. A sulung was the amount of land which could be ploughed by 4 ox-pairs, therefore a yoke was a pair of oxen, representing the amount of land that could be cultivated by an ox pair. A yoke also described the device used to harness two oxen together.
  4. yokE is a gene.

Phrases with Yoke

Phrases starting with the word Yoke:

  1. Yoke-Toed
  2. Yoke Darter
  3. Yoke Together

Phrases ending with the word Yoke:

  1. to yoke
  2. Poka-yoke
  3. Under the Yoke
  4. Pass under the Yoke

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Yoke

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Google previewFollow God and Not Man (2013)

My experiences in small town churches by Terrace Settles

A yoke is a wooden beam designed to go around the neck and bind a pair of oxen together. There is a show called “The little...

Google previewLife Lines (2011)

by Amir Ali Siassi

The Chakra System is a 7 leveled philosophical model of the universe Chakras have come to the West through the tradition and practice of yoga Yoga which means yoke is a discipline designed to yoke together individual w/ divine Using ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Stage Lighting (2008)

Advertisers in the Golden Age of Broadcasting by Jim Cox

Yardlight YOKE ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

YOKE, n.s. & v.a. & Sax. geoc ; Swed.

Google previewAn Illustrated Dictionary of Medicine, Biology and Allied Sciences (1899)

Including the Pronunciation, Accentuation, Derivation, and Definition of the Terms Used in Medicine, Anatomy, Surgery ... and the Various Sciences Closely Related to Medicine ... by George Milbry Gould

[Siyöv, yoke ]. Yoked; applied by Wilder to cerebral fissures which, like the paroccipital, consist ...

Google previewAn Illustrated Dictionary of Medicine, Biology and Allied Sciences, Including the Pronunciation... (1903)

by George Milbry Gould

[Cir/6v, yoke; 407;» ...

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Scrabble value of Y4O1K5E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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