rowlock

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rowlock (plural rowlocks)

  1. (nautical, chiefly UK) a pivot attached to the gunwale (outrigger in a sport boat) of a boat that supports and guides an oar, and provides a fulcrum for rowing; an oarlock (mostly US).
    • 1884, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter VII
      I took a good gap and a stretch, and was just going to unhitch and start when I heard a sound away over the water. I listened. Pretty soon I made it out. It was that dull kind of a regular sound that comes from oars working in rowlocks when it's a still night.

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