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[roh-lok; for 3 also Nautical rol-uh k, ruhl-] /ˈroʊˌlɒk; for 3 also Nautical ˈrɒl ək, ˈrʌl-/
Architecture. one of several concentric rings of masonry forming an arch.
a brick laid on edge, especially as a header.
Compare soldier (def 7).
Chiefly British, oarlock.
Also, rollock (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of rowlock
1740-50; variant of oarlock; see row2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Now push the oar rapidly forward again, first, however, restoring it to its original position in the rowlock.

  • Then, without any command, you will ship the oar; in other words, drop the loom into the rowlock.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • The outrigged gig is liable to entanglement of rowlock in locks, and where craft are crowded, as at regattas.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • Not one failed to ship his oar, or drop it into the rowlock.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • She now took the other oar from the rowlock, and was about to rise, when the bishop shouted to her.

    The Associate Hermits Frank R. Stockton
  • The thole-pins should stand absolutely straight from the sill of the rowlock.

    Rowing Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
  • A notch, or rowlock, is cut into them to serve as rests for the heavy oars.

  • Yesterday he was complaining that his rowlock was too high, and he had leave to lower it accordingly.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • The rowlock would be simply a notched stick, and he would row with one long oar, pushing swiftly along.

  • Hillers, with only one rowlock, could not use his oars, so the work devolved entirely on me.

    The Romance of the Colorado River Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
British Dictionary definitions for rowlock


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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