Yoke (French travée ) or columnar yoke is called in Greek and Roman architecture, the center distance between two columns or pillars. So is measured from center to center. This differs from the yoke intercolumnium, the distance between columns or pillars.
In modern architecture, history, especially of the church building, yoke refers to the arch portion of the nave between two supports ( pillars, columns ), frequently separated by transverse arches of the adjacent yokes. It is as Raumkompartiment between four supports - for example, the Vierungsquadrat be mentioned. Particularly well you can see the Jocheinteilung looking into a vault of the nave: Strong, outgoing from the supports diagonal ribs divide the space into four or more contiguous laterally limited by the walls of triangles.