(Nautical),The notch, fork, or other device on the gunwale of a boat, in which the oar rests in rowing. See Rowlock.
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oarlock (plural oarlocks) A device attached to the gunwale of a rowboat to hold the oars in place while rowing. 1906: Horatio Alger, Joe the Hotel Boy 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.
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