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2 definitions found
 for oarlock
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Oarlock \Oar"lock`\ ([=o]r"l[o^]k`), 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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  oarlock
      n 1: a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the
           oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing [syn: peg,
           pin, thole, tholepin, rowlock, oarlock]

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