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Definition of rowlock noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rowlock

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BrE BrE//ˈrɒlək//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɑːlək//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈrəʊlɒk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊlɑːk//
 
(British English) (North American English oarlock)
 
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a device fixed to the side of a boat for holding an oar Word Origin mid 18th cent.: alteration of oarlock, influenced by the verb row1.

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