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NOUN (1)

1. a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing;
[syn: peg, pin, thole, tholepin, rowlock, oarlock]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rowlock \Row"lock\ (r[=o]"l[o^]k colloq. r[u^]l"[u^]k), n. [For oarlock; AS. [=a]rloc, where the second part is akin to G. loch a hole, E. lock a fastening. See Oar, and Lock.] 1. (Naut.) A contrivance or arrangement serving as a fulcrum for an oar in rowing. It consists sometimes of a notch in the gunwale of a boat, sometimes of a pair of pins between which the oar rests on the edge of the gunwale, sometimes of a single pin passing through the oar, or of a metal fork or stirrup pivoted in the gunwale and suporting the oar; same as oarlock. [Chiefly Brit.] [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. One of the rings of masonry included in an arch having more than one ring. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

rowlock n 1: a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing [syn: peg, pin, thole, tholepin, rowlock, oarlock]