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rowlock

[roh-lok; for 3 also Nautical rol-uh k, ruhl-] /ˈroʊˌlɒk; for 3 also Nautical ˈrɒl ək, ˈrʌl-/
noun
1.
Architecture. one of several concentric rings of masonry forming an arch.
2.
a brick laid on edge, especially as a header.
Compare soldier (def 7).
3.
Chiefly British, oarlock.
Also, rollock (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of rowlock
1740-1750
1740-50; variant of oarlock; see row2
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rowlock

/ˈrɒlək/
noun
1.
a swivelling device attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds an oar in place and acts as a fulcrum during rowing Usual US and Canadian word oarlock
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