Definitions for balkbɔk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

balkbɔk(v.i.)

  1. to refuse curtly and firmly (usu. fol. by at).

  2. to stop short and stubbornly refuse to go on.

  3. to commit a balk in baseball.

    Category: Sport

  4. (v.t.)to place an obstacle in the way of; hinder; thwart.

  5. (n.)a baseball pitcher's illegal motion or feint, penalized by awarding a runner or runners an advance to the next base.

    Category: Sport

  6. a check or hindrance; defeat; disappointment.

  7. a strip of land left unplowed.

  8. any heavy timber used for building purposes.

    Category: Building Trades

Origin of balk:

bef. 900; ME; OE balca covering, beam, ridge, c. ON bǫlkr bar, partition

balk′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. balk, baulk(noun)

    the area on a billiard table behind the balkline

    "a player with ball in hand must play from the balk"

  2. hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap(noun)

    something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

  3. rafter, balk, baulk(noun)

    one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

  4. balk(verb)

    an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base

  5. resist, balk, baulk, jib(verb)

    refuse to comply

Wiktionary

  1. balk(Noun)

    ridge, an unplowed strip of land. (One use is to walk on it.)

  2. balk(Noun)

    beam, crossbeam.

  3. balk(Noun)

    hindrance.

  4. balk(Noun)

    blunder.

  5. balk(Noun)

    deceptive motion; feint

  6. balk(Verb)

    to pass over or by.

  7. balk(Verb)

    to stop, check, block.

  8. balk(Verb)

    to stop short and refuse to go on.

  9. balk(Verb)

    to refuse suddenly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Balk(verb)

    a ridge of land left unplowed between furrows, or at the end of a field; a piece missed by the plow slipping aside

  2. Balk(verb)

    a great beam, rafter, or timber; esp., the tie-beam of a house. The loft above was called "the balks."

  3. Balk(verb)

    one of the beams connecting the successive supports of a trestle bridge or bateau bridge

  4. Balk(verb)

    a hindrance or disappointment; a check

  5. Balk(verb)

    a sudden and obstinate stop; a failure

  6. Balk(verb)

    a deceptive gesture of the pitcher, as if to deliver the ball

  7. Balk(verb)

    to leave or make balks in

  8. Balk(verb)

    to leave heaped up; to heap up in piles

  9. Balk(verb)

    to omit, miss, or overlook by chance

  10. Balk(verb)

    to miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to let go by; to shirk

  11. Balk(verb)

    to disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to /hwart; as, to balk expectation

  12. Balk(verb)

    to engage in contradiction; to be in opposition

  13. Balk(verb)

    to stop abruptly and stand still obstinately; to jib; to stop short; to swerve; as, the horse balks

  14. Balk(verb)

    to indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore, the direction taken by the shoals of herring

Freebase

  1. Balk

    In baseball, a pitcher can commit a number of illegal motions or actions that constitute a balk. Most of these violations involve a pitcher pretending to pitch when he has no intention of doing so. In games played under the Official Baseball Rules, a balk results in a dead ball or delayed dead ball. In certain other circumstances, a balk may be wholly or partially disregarded. Under other rule sets, notably in the United States under the National Federation of High Schools Baseball Rules, a balk results in an immediate dead ball. In the event a balk is enforced, the pitch is generally nullified, each runner is awarded one base, and the batter remains at bat, and with the previous count. The balk rule in Major League Baseball was introduced in 1898.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

beam(noun)

a long straight piece of wood, often used in ceilings.

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