Found 3 items, similar to balk.
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English → English
n 1: the area on a billiard table behind the balkline; “a player
with ball in hand must play from the balk”
2: something immaterial that interferes with or delays action
or progress [syn: hindrance
3: one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
4: an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
v : refuse to comply [syn: resist
English → English
, 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.
, 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.
3. (Baseball) to commit a balk; -- of a pitcher.
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Balked
(b[add]kt); 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.
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 inns. --Evelyn.
Sick he is, and keeps his bed, and balks his meat.
Nor doth he any creature balk,
But lays on all he meeteth. --Drayton.
5. To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to
thwart; as, to balk expectation.
They shall not balk my entrance. --Byron.
(b[add]k), 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
, v. t., 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.
5. A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.
6. (Baseball) A deceptive gesture of the pitcher, as if to
deliver the ball. It is illegal and is penalized by
allowing the runners on base to advance one base.
(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.