Yoke. n.s. [ᵹoc, Sax. jock, Dutch; jugum, Lat. joug, Fr.]
- The bandage placed on the neck of draught oxen.
Bring a red heifer, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke. Numb. xix. 2.
A yearling bullock to thy name shall smoke,
Untam'd, unconscious of the galling yoke. Pope.
- A mark of servitude; slavery.
Our country sinks beneath the yoke;
It weeps, it bleeds. Shakespeare's Macbeth.
In bands of iron fetter'd you shall be;
An easier yoke than what you put on me. Dryd. Aurengz.
- A chain; a link; a bond.
This yoke of marriage from us both remove,
Where two are bound to draw, though neither love. Dryd.
- A couple; two; a pair.
Those that accuse him in his intent towards our wives, are a yoke of his discarded men. Shakespeare.
His lands a hundred yoke of oxen till'd. Dryden's Æn.
A yoke of mules outgoes a yoke of oxen, when set to work at the same time; for mules are swifter. Broome.