How to use Oakum in a sentence
Work for men was usually stone breaking or oakum picking.
In 1829, 314 indoor paupers were employed in spinning, weaving and picking oakum.
Ernest Jones, " master of his own time, " had to pick oakum, or spend his days in a dark cell.
This consists of passing a sail, attached to cords, and charged with oakum, wool, and other materials, under the vessel's keel, in such a manner that the suction of the leak may draw the canvas into the aperture, and thus partially stop the vent.Advertisement