YOKE, n. [G., L., Gr.]1. A piece of timber, hollowed or made curving near each end, and fitted with bows for receiving the necks of oxen; by which means two are connected for drawing. From a ring or hook in the bow, a chain extends to the thing to be drawn, or to the yoke of another pair of oxen behind.2. A mark of servitude; slavery; bondage.Our country sinks beneath the yoke.3. A chain; a link; a bond of connection; as the yoke of marriage.4. A couple; a pair; as a yoke of oxen.5. Service.My yoke is easy. Matthew 11.
YOKE, v.t.1. To put a yoke on; to join in a yoke; as, to yoke oxen, or a pair of oxen.2. To couple; to join with another.Cassius, you are yoked with a lamb.3. To enslave; to bring into bondage.4. To restrain; to confine. Libertines like not to be yoked in marriage.The words and promises that yoke the conqueror, are quickly broke.