Oarlock

Oar"lock`

(r"lk`), n. (Naut.), The notch, fork, or other device on the gunwale of a boat, in which the oar rests, and that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing. Certain oarlocks are designed for use with oars having attached swivels, which insert into the oarlock and provide a firm pivot. Same as Rowlock{1}.
Syn. -- peg, pin, thole, tholepin, rowlock.
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

 

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