Definition of oarlock in English:

oarlock

noun

North American
  • A fitting on the gunwale of a boat that serves as a fulcrum for an oar and keeps it in place.

    • ‘But, as luck would have it, scarcely had he started to row his boat again when an oarlock broke, and so it took him the best part of an hour to make the trip.’
    • ‘Jim was delegated to make the arrangements for boat, oarlocks, oars and confirmation of tide tables.’
    • ‘In his opinion, it is very important to have on board: oars, oarlocks, a boat hook, a good knife, a sounder and the mobile phone.’
    • ‘As I explained the mechanical advantages of rowing - the oar as lever, the oarlock as fulcrum, the sliding seat as a tool for harnessing leg power - he nodded, then frowned.’
    • ‘This innovative oarlock system design incorporates a new 'tension arm' mechanism within the gate that holds your oar tight against the pin.’

Pronunciation:

oarlock

/ˈôrˌläk/