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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Rowlock \Row"lock\ (r[=o]"l[o^]k colloq. r[u^]l"[u^]k), n. [For
oarlock; AS. [=a]rloc, where the second part is akin to G.
loch a hole, E. lock a fastening. See Oar, and Lock.]
1. (Naut.) A contrivance or arrangement serving as a fulcrum
for an oar in rowing. It consists sometimes of a notch in
the gunwale of a boat, sometimes of a pair of pins between
which the oar rests on the edge of the gunwale, sometimes
of a single pin passing through the oar, or of a metal
fork or stirrup pivoted in the gunwale and suporting the
oar; same as oarlock. [Chiefly Brit.]
[1913 Webster +PJC]
2. One of the rings of masonry included in an arch having
more than one ring.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
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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