Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Yle noun Isle. [ Obsolete] "The barren yle ." Chaucer.

Yliche, Ylike adjective & adverb Like; alike. [ Obsolete] "All . . . yliche good." Chaucer.

Yllanraton noun [ From the native name.] (Zoology) The agouara.

Ymaked obsolete past participle of Make . Made.

Ymel preposition [ Middle English ymel , imelle , of Scand. origin; confer Icelandic ī milli , ī millum (properly, in the middle, from ... in + mi...il , me...al , middle, akin to English middle ), Danish imellem , Swedish emellan . See In , and Middle .] Among. [ Obsolete] " Ymel them all." Chaucer.

Ynambu noun (Zoology) A South American tinamou ( Rhynchotus rufescens ); -- called also perdiz grande , and rufous tinamou . See Illust. of Tinamou .

Ynough, Ynow adjective [ See Enough .] Enough. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Yockel noun [ Confer Yokel .] (Zoology) The yaffle.

Yode obsolete imperfect of Go. [ Middle English yode , yede , ʒede , ʒeode , eode , Anglo-Saxon eóde , used as the imperfect of gān to go; akin to Goth. iddja I, he, went, Latin ire to go, Greek 'ie`nai , Sanskrit i , . √4. Confer Issue .] Went; walked; proceeded. [ Written also yede .] See Yede .

Quer [ whether] they rade [ rode] or yode .
Cursor Mundi.

Then into Cornhill anon I yode .
Lydgate.

Yodel, Yodle transitive verb & i. [ imperfect & past participle Yodeled , Yodled ; present participle & verbal noun Yodeling , Yodling .] [ German jodeln .] To sing in a manner common among the Swiss and Tyrolese mountaineers, by suddenly changing from the head voice, or falsetto, to the chest voice, and the contrary; to warble.

Yodel, Yodle noun A song sung by yodeling, as by the Swiss mountaineers.

Yodler noun One who yodels.

Yoga noun [ Sanskrit yōga union.] A species of asceticism among the Hindoos, which consists in a complete abstraction from all worldly objects, by which the votary expects to obtain union with the universal spirit, and to acquire superhuman faculties.

Yogi noun [ Sanskrit yōgin .] A follower of the yoga philosophy; an ascetic. [ Spelt also yokin .] Whitworth.

Yogism noun Yoga, or its practice.

Yoicks interj. (Hunting) A cry of encouragement to foxhounds.

Yoit noun (Zoology) The European yellow-hammer. [ Prov. Eng.]

Yojan noun [ Sanskrit yōjana .] A measure of distance, varying from four to ten miles, but usually about five. [ India] [ Written also yojana .]

Yoke (yōk) noun [ Middle English yok , ʒoc , Anglo-Saxon geoc ; akin to Dutch juk , Old High German joh , German joch , Icelandic & Swedish ok , Danish aag , Goth. juk , Lithuanian jungas , Russian igo , Latin jugum , Greek zy`gon , Sanskrit yuga , and to Latin jungere to join, Greek ..., Sanskrit yui . √109, 280. Confer Join , Jougs , Joust , Jugular , Subjugate , Syzygy , Yuga , Zeugma .]


1. A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together.

A yearling bullock to thy name shall smoke,
Untamed, unconscious of the galling yoke .
Pope.

» The modern yoke for oxen is usually a piece of timber hollowed, or made curving, near each end, and laid on the necks of the oxen, being secured in place by two bows, one inclosing each neck, and fastened through the timber. In some countries the yoke consists of a flat piece of wood fastened to the foreheads of the oxen by thongs about the horns.

2. A frame or piece resembling a yoke, as in use or shape. Specifically: (a) A frame of wood fitted to a person's shoulders for carrying pails, etc., suspended on each side; as, a milkmaid's yoke . (b) A frame worn on the neck of an animal, as a cow, a pig, a goose, to prevent passage through a fence. (c) A frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for ringing it. See Illust. of Bell . (d) A crosspiece upon the head of a boat's rudder. To its ends lines are attached which lead forward so that the boat can be steered from amidships. (e) (Machinery) A bent crosspiece connecting two other parts. (f) (Architecture) A tie securing two timbers together, not used for part of a regular truss, but serving a temporary purpose, as to provide against unusual strain. (g) (Dressmaking) A band shaped to fit the shoulders or the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the waist or the skirt.

3. Fig.: That which connects or binds; a chain; a link; a bond connection.

Boweth your neck under that blissful yoke . . .
Which that men clepeth spousal or wedlock.
Chaucer.

This yoke of marriage from us both remove.
Dryden.

4. A mark of servitude; hence, servitude; slavery; bondage; service.

Our country sinks beneath the yoke .
Shak.

My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Matt. xi. 30.

5. Two animals yoked together; a couple; a pair that work together.

I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them.
Luke xiv. 19.

6. The quantity of land plowed in a day by a yoke of oxen. [ Obsolete] Gardner.

7. A portion of the working day; as, to work two yokes , that is, to work both portions of the day, or morning and afternoon. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Neck yoke , Pig yoke . See under Neck , and Pig . -- Yoke elm (Botany) , the European hornbeam ( Carpinus Betulus ), a small tree with tough white wood, often used for making yokes for cattle.

Yoke transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Yoked ; present participle & verbal noun Yoking .]


1. To put a yoke on; to join in or with a yoke; as, to yoke oxen, or pair of oxen.

2. To couple; to join with another. "Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers." 2 Cor. vi. 14.

Cassius, you are yoked with a lamb.
Shak.

3. To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to confine.

Then were they yoked with garrisons.
Milton.

The words and promises that yoke
The conqueror are quickly broke.
Hudibras.

Yoke intransitive verb To be joined or associated; to be intimately connected; to consort closely; to mate.

We 'll yoke together, like a double shadow.
Shak.

Yoke noun (Chiefly Mach.) A clamp or similar piece that embraces two other parts to hold or unite them in their respective or relative positions, as a strap connecting a slide valve to the valve stem, or the soft iron block or bar permanently connecting the pole pieces of an electromagnet, as in a dynamo.

Yoke-toed adjective (Zoology) Having two toes in front and two behind, as the trogons and woodpeckers.

Yokeage noun See Rokeage . [ Local, U. S.]

Yokefellow noun [ Yoke + fellow .] An associate or companion in, or as in; a mate; a fellow; especially, a partner in marriage. Phil. iv. 3.

The two languages [ English and French] became yokefellows in a still more intimate manner.
Earle.

Those who have most distinguished themselves by railing at the sex, very often choose one of the most worthless for a companion and yokefellow .
Addison.

Yokel noun [ Perhaps from an Anglo-Saxon word akin to English gawk .] A country bumpkin. [ Eng.] Dickens.

Yokelet noun A small farm; -- so called as requiring but one yoke of oxen to till it. [ Prov. Eng.]

Yokemate noun Same as Yokefellow .

Yold obsolete past participle of Yield . Yielded. Spenser.

Yolden obsolete past participle of Yield . Yielded.

Yolk (yōlk or yōk; 277) noun [ Middle English yolke , yelke , ʒolke , ʒelke , Anglo-Saxon geoloca , geoleca , from geolu yellow. See Yellow .] [ Written also yelk .]


1. The yellow part of an egg; the vitellus.

2. (Zoology) An oily secretion which naturally covers the wool of sheep.

Yolk cord (Zoology) , a slender cord or duct which connects the yolk glands with the egg chambers in certain insects, as in the aphids. -- Yolk gland (Zoology) , a special organ which secretes the yolk of the eggs in many turbellarians, and in some other invertebrates. See Illust. of Hermaphrodite in Appendix. -- Yolk sack (Anat.) , the umbilical vesicle. See under Unbilical .

Yoll (yōl) intransitive verb To yell. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Yom noun [ Hebrew yōm .] Day; -- a Hebrew word used in the names of various Jewish feast days; as, Yom Kippur , the Day of Atonement; Yom Teruah (lit., day of shouting), the Feast of Trumpets.

Yon (yŏn) adjective [ Middle English yon , ʒon , Anglo-Saxon geon ; akin to German jener , Old High German jenēr , Icelandic enn , inn ; confer Goth. jains . √188. Confer Beyond , Yond , Yonder .] At a distance, but within view; yonder. [ Poetic]

Read thy lot in yon celestial sign.
Milton.

Though fast yon shower be fleeting.
Keble.

Yon adverb Yonder. [ Obsolete or Poetic]

But, first and chiefest, with thee bring
Him that yon soars on golden wing.
Milton.

Yoncopin noun [ Perhaps corrupted from Illinois micoupena , Chippewa makopin , the American lotus.] (Botany) A local name in parts of the Mississippi Valley for the American lotus ( Nelumbo lutea ).

Yond adjective [ Confer Anglo-Saxon anda , onda , anger, andian to be angry.] Furious; mad; angry; fierce. [ Obsolete] "Then wexeth wood and yond ." Spenser.

Yond adverb & adjective [ Middle English yond , ʒond , ʒeond , through, beyond, over, Anglo-Saxon geond , adverb & preposition ; confer Goth. jaind thither. √188. See Yon , adjective ] Yonder. [ Obsolete] " Yond in the garden." Chaucer.

Yonder adverb [ Middle English yonder , ʒonder ; confer OD. ginder , Goth. jaindr... there. ............. See Yond , adverb ] At a distance, but within view.

Yonder are two apple women scolding.
Arbuthnot.

Yonder adjective Being at a distance within view, or conceived of as within view; that or those there; yon. "Yon flowery arbors, yonder alleys green." Milton. " Yonder sea of light." Keble.

Yonder men are too many for an embassage.
Bacon.

Yoni noun [ Sanskrit y...ni .] (Hindoo Myth.) The symbol under which Sakti, or the personification of the female power in nature, is worshiped. Confer Lingam .

Yonker noun [ See Younker .] A young fellow; a younker. [ Obsolete or Colloq.] Sir W. Scott.

Yore (yōr) adverb [ Middle English ʒore , yare , ʒare , Anglo-Saxon geára ;akin to geár a year, English year . √204. See Year .] In time long past; in old time; long since. [ Obsolete or Poetic]

As it hath been of olde times yore .
Chaucer.

Which though he hath polluted oft and yore ,
Yet I to them for judgment just do fly.
Spenser.

Of yore , of old time; long ago; as, in times or days of yore . "But Satan now is wiser than of yore ." Pope.

Where Abraham fed his flock of yore .
Keble.

York rite (Freemasonry) The rite or ceremonial observed by one of the Masonic systems, deriving its name from the city of York , in England; also, the system itself, which, in England, confers only the first three degrees.

York use (Eccl.) The one of the three printed uses of England which was followed in the north. It was based on the Sarum use. See Use , n ., 6. Shipley.

Yorker noun (Cricket) A tice.

Yorkshire noun A county in the north of England.

Yorkshire grit , a kind of stone used for polishing marble, and copperplates for engravers. Simmonds. -- Yorkshire pudding , a batter pudding baked under meat.

Yot transitive verb To unite closely. [ Prov. Eng.]

Yote (yōt) transitive verb [ Middle English ʒeoten , ʒeten , to pour, Anglo-Saxon geótan . See Found to cast.] To pour water on; to soak in, or mix with, water. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] Grose.

My fowls, which well enough,
I, as before, found feeding at their trough
Their yoted wheat.
Chapman.

You (ū) pron. [ Possess. Your (ūr) or Yours (ūrz); dat. & obj. You .] [ Middle English you , eou , eow , dat. & acc., Anglo-Saxon eów , used as dat. & acc. of ge , , ye; akin to OFries. iu , io , Dutch u , German euch , Old High German iu , dat., iuwih , acc., Icelandic yðr , dat. & acc., Goth. izwis ; of uncertain origin. √189. Confer Your .] The pronoun of the second person, in the nominative, dative, and objective case, indicating the person or persons addressed. See the Note under Ye .

Ye go to Canterbury; God you speed.
Chaucer.

Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you
To leave this place.
Shak.

In vain you tell your parting lover
You wish fair winds may waft him over.
Prior.

» Though you is properly a plural, it is in all ordinary discourse used also in addressing a single person, yet properly always with a plural verb. "Are you he that hangs the verses on the trees, wherein Rosalind is so admired ?" Shak. You and your are sometimes used indefinitely, like we , they , one , to express persons not specified. "The looks at a distance like a new-plowed land; but as you come near it, you see nothing but a long heap of heavy, disjointed clods." Addison. " Your medalist and critic are much nearer related than the world imagine." Addison. "It is always pleasant to be forced to do what you wish to do, but what, until pressed, you dare not attempt." Hook. You is often used reflexively for yourself of yourselves . "Your highness shall repose you at the tower." Shak.