yoke

A frame of wood with vertical pins which effectively separated the oxen [[➝ ox]] so that together they could pull heavy loads. The yoke was a single cross-bar with rope nooses that were fastened round the animals' necks. The cross-bar was attached to a shaft, and so the wagon was drawn.
Figuratively, the yoke was used for hardship or submission. In typical prophetic style, Jeremiah wore a yoke round his neck to symbolize his message that Judah should submit to Babylon (Jer. 27:2). Jesus spoke of his ‘easy yoke’ (Matt. 11:29–30), one that did not chafe. rabbis spoke of taking the yoke of the kingdom of heaven, by which they meant submitting to the sovereignty of God's will.

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  • YOKE — (Heb. עוֹל). In the Bible The yoke was usually made from a circular wooden halter which was placed on the animal s neck, and harnessed to a plow, cart, or other vehicle. Pegs, two on each side, with the neck of the animal between them, were… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Yoke — (y[=o]k), n. [OE. yok, [yogh]oc, AS. geoc; akin to D. juk, OHG. joh, G. joch, Icel. & Sw. ok, Dan. aag, Goth. juk, Lith. jungas, Russ. igo, L. jugum, Gr. zy gon, Skr. yuga, and to L. jungere to join, Gr. ?, Skr. yui. [root]109, 280. Cf. {Join},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yoke — [yōk] n. pl. yokes or yoke [ME yok < OE geoc, akin to Ger joch < IE * yugo (> Sans yuga, L jungere, jugum, Gr zeugma, Welsh iau, OSlav igo) < base * yeu , to join] 1. a wooden frame or bar with loops or bows at either end, fitted… …   English World dictionary

  • Yoke — Yoke, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yoked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yoking}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To put a yoke on; to join in or with a yoke; as, to yoke oxen, or pair of oxen. [1913 Webster] 2. To couple; to join with another. Be ye not unequally yoked with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yoke — ► NOUN 1) a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to a plough or cart that they pull in unison. 2) (pl. same or yokes) a pair of yoked animals. 3) a frame fitting over the neck and shoulders of a person,… …   English terms dictionary

  • Yoke — Yoke, v. i. To be joined or associated; to be intimately connected; to consort closely; to mate. [1913 Webster] We ll yoke together, like a double shadow. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yoke — yoke, yolk A yoke is a wooden crosspiece of the kind fixed over the necks of work animals. A yolk is the yellow part of an egg (and is related to the word yellow) …   Modern English usage

  • yoke — [n] bondage, bond burden, chain, coupling, enslavement, helotry, knot, ligament, ligature, link, nexus, oppression, peonage, serfdom, service, servility, servitude, slavery, tie; concepts 513,677 yoke [v] bond together; join associate, attach,… …   New thesaurus

  • yoke — index bondage, curb, fetter, incorporate (include), join (bring together), lock, subjection …   Law dictionary

  • yoke — *couple, pair, brace …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Yoke — The portion of a garment which is fitted over the shoulders and to which the rest of the garment is attached …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

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