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Yoke \Yoke\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yoked; p. pr. & vb. n. Yoking.]

  1. To put a yoke on; to join in or with a yoke; as, to yoke oxen, or pair of oxen.

  2. To couple; to join with another. ``Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers.''
    --2 Cor. vi. 14.

    Cassius, you are yoked with a lamb.

  3. To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to confine.

    Then were they yoked with garrisons.

    The words and promises that yoke The conqueror are quickly broke.

  1. 1 Wearing a yoke. 2 (context bodybuilding English) Having large and well-defined muscles, especially of the neck and shoulders. v

  2. (en-past of: yoke)

Usage examples of "yoked".

Yoked kine bawled in confusion and were whipped all the harder by their sweating, frustrated drivers.

Swish, swipe: the thin cane swept down across his naked cheeks, slicing them with cruel accuracy and leaving the yoked sufferer with two reddening stripes.

I be surprised when I regained consciousness to find that I was naked, apart from a breechclout, and that my hands were lashed together with cords and that I was yoked to what remained of my men?

It is called La Carreta, and depicts an early settler on a horse beside a two-wheeled pioneer cart with one big wheel sunk in the mud plumb down to the axle pulled by one bull and seven steers or oxen all yoked together, and with a spare ox tied on behind.

Pelides consents that Patroclus shall put on his own armor and lead his Myrmidons into the fight, where Achilles arouses and sets in array his terrible warriors, has the steeds yoked and prays Dodonian Jove to give to his friend the victory, and then to grant him safe return.

The druidical powers of Curley Greenleaf and Gellor were yoked with the magic of the wizard, Oscar, to create novel surprises such as sticks suddenly turning into venomous snakes when someone passed, trees that would become partially sentient and attack with their great limbs, and the like.

There was a pole in front thirty-five feet long, to which the bullocks were to be yoked in couples.

The six bullocks, yoked in pairs, had a patriarchal air about them which took her fancy.

Then there were the fields to plant for winter wheat again, and when he had yoked the ox and ploughed the land the woman followed behind with her hoe and broke the clods in the furrows.

Those who did were quickly relieved of them by a detachment of leather-armored women, who soon had all those men fortunate enough to escape the blazing carnage stripped of armor, wrist-bound, yoked in coffles of twenty head and jogging campward, spurred by judicious pricks of saber or wolf spear.

After that we had tarried there a few dayes at the cost and charges of the whole Village, and had gotten much mony by our divination and prognostication of things to come: The priests of the goddesse Siria invented a new meanes to picke mens purses, for they had certaine lotts, whereon were written : Coniuncti terram proscindunt boves ut in futurum loeta germinent sata That is to say : The Oxen tied and yoked together, doe till the ground to the intent it may bring forth his increase : and by these kind of lottes they deceive many of the simple sort, for if one had demanded whether he should have a good wife or no, they would say that his lot did testifie the same, that he should.

PHOEBUS WITH ADMETUS I When by Zeus relenting the mandate was revoked, Sentencing to exile the bright Sun-God, Mindful were the ploughmen of who the steer had yoked, Who: and what a track showed the upturned sod!

The other prisoners, still yoked, had been whipped from the arena, to the dungeons below, to be used yet again in the Amusements of Tharna, or perhaps sent to the mines.

Not to multiply examples, was there not Baptiste, billeted on the poor Water-carrier, at that very instant sitting on the pavement in the sunlight, with his martial legs asunder, and one of the Water-carrier's spare pails between them, which (to the delight and glory of the heart of the Water-carrier coming across the Place from the fountain, yoked and burdened) he was painting bright-green outside and bright-red within?

Occasional echoes of that feeling had kept cropping up through the years, even after he'd been happily yoked to Selatre for a long time.