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Meaning of BALK

Pronunciation:  bok

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
  2. [n]  one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
  3. [n]  something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  4. [n]  the area on a billiard table behind the balkline; "a player with ball in hand must play from the balk"
  5. [v]  refuse to comply
 

BALK is a 4 letter word that starts with B.

 

 Synonyms: baulk, baulk, baulk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hindrance, impediment, jib, rafter, resist
 
 See Also: albatross, area, beam, billiard table, bind, delivery, difficulty, disobey, expanse, millstone, obstacle, obstruction, pitch, pool table, snooker table, surface area

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Balk\, n. [AS. balca beam, ridge; akin to Icel. b[=a]lkr
    partition, bj[=a]lki beam, OS. balko, G. balken; cf. Gael.
    balc ridge of earth between two furrows. Cf. {Balcony},
    {Balk}, v. i., 3d {Bulk}.]
    1. A ridge of land left unplowed between furrows, or at the
       end of a field; a piece missed by the plow slipping aside.
    
             Bad plowmen made balks of such ground. --Fuller.
    
    2. A great beam, rafter, or timber; esp., the tie-beam of a
       house. The loft above was called ``the balks.''
    
             Tubs hanging in the balks.            --Chaucer.
    
    3. (Mil.) One of the beams connecting the successive supports
       of a trestle bridge or bateau bridge.
    
    4. A hindrance or disappointment; a check.
    
             A balk to the confidence of the bold undertaker.
                                                   --South.
    
    5. A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.
    
    6. (Baseball) A deceptive gesture of the pitcher, as if to
       deliver the ball.
    
    {Balk line} (Billiards), a line across a billiard table near
       one end, marking a limit within which the cue balls are
       placed in beginning a game; also, a line around the table,
       parallel to the sides, used in playing a particular game,
       called the balk line game.
    
    
  2. \Balk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Balked} (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Balking}.] [From {Balk} a beam; orig. to put a balk or beam
    in one's way, in order to stop or hinder. Cf., for sense 2,
    AS. on balcan legan to lay in heaps.]
    1. To leave or make balks in. [Obs.] --Gower.
    
    2. To leave heaped up; to heap up in piles. [Obs.]
    
             Ten thousand bold Scots, two and twenty knights,
             Balk'd in their own blood did Sir Walter see.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    3. To omit, miss, or overlook by chance. [Obs.]
    
    4. To miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to
       let go by; to shirk. [Obs. or Obsolescent]
    
             By reason of the contagion then in London, we balked
             the ?nns.                             --Evelyn.
    
             Sick he is, and keeps his bed, and balks his meat.
                                                   --Bp. Hall.
    
             Nor doth he any creature balk, But lays on all he
             meeteth.                              --Drayton.
    
    5. To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to
       ?hwart; as, to balk expectation.
    
             They shall not balk my entrance.      --Byron.
    
    
  3. \Balk\, v. i.
    1. To engage in contradiction; to be in opposition. [Obs.]
    
             In strifeful terms with him to balk.  --Spenser.
    
    2. To stop abruptly and stand still obstinately; to jib; to
       stop short; to swerve; as, the horse balks.
    
    Note: This has been regarded as an Americanism, but it occurs
          in Spenser's ``Fa["e]rie Queene,'' Book IV., 10, xxv.
    
                Ne ever ought but of their true loves talkt, Ne
                ever for rebuke or blame of any balkt.
    
    
  4. \Balk\, v. i. [Prob. from D. balken to bray, bawl.]
    To indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore,
    the direction taken by the shoals of herring.
    
    
 
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