oarlock definition

  • noun:
    • A device, typically a U-shaped metal hoop on a swivel in the gunwale, always hold an oar set up so when a fulcrum in rowing.
    • A device connected to the gunwale of a rowboat to carry the oars positioned while rowing.
    • The notch, hand, or any other product regarding the gunwale of a boat, in which the oar rests, and therefore keeps the oar set up and acts as a fulcrum for rowing. Specific oarlocks are made to be used with oars having affixed swivels, which place into the oarlock and supply a firm pivot. Identical to rowlock{1}.
    • A rowlock.
    • a holder connected to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar positioned and will act as a fulcrum for rowing

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