Definitions for balkbɔk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to refuse curtly and firmly (usu. fol. by at).
to stop short and stubbornly refuse to go on.
to commit a balk in baseball.
(v.t.)to place an obstacle in the way of; hinder; thwart.
(n.)a baseball pitcher's illegal motion or feint, penalized by awarding a runner or runners an advance to the next base.
a check or hindrance; defeat; disappointment.
a strip of land left unplowed.
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
the area on a billiard table behind the balkline
"a player with ball in hand must play from the balk"
hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap(noun)
something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
rafter, balk, baulk(noun)
one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
resist, balk, baulk, jib(verb)
refuse to comply
ridge, an unplowed strip of land. (One use is to walk on it.)
deceptive motion; feint
to pass over or by.
to stop, check, block.
to stop short and refuse to go on.
to refuse suddenly.
a ridge of land left unplowed between furrows, or at the end of a field; a piece missed by the plow slipping aside
a great beam, rafter, or timber; esp., the tie-beam of a house. The loft above was called "the balks."
one of the beams connecting the successive supports of a trestle bridge or bateau bridge
a hindrance or disappointment; a check
a sudden and obstinate stop; a failure
a deceptive gesture of the pitcher, as if to deliver the ball
to leave or make balks in
to leave heaped up; to heap up in piles
to omit, miss, or overlook by chance
to miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to let go by; to shirk
to disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to /hwart; as, to balk expectation
to engage in contradiction; to be in opposition
to stop abruptly and stand still obstinately; to jib; to stop short; to swerve; as, the horse balks
to indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore, the direction taken by the shoals of herring
Translations for balk
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a long straight piece of wood, often used in ceilings.
- عارِضَةٌ خَشَبِيَّهArabic
- vigaPortuguese (BR)
- der BalkenGerman
- تیرچه؛ تیرFarsi
- तराजू आदि का डण्डाHindi
- kayu palang, balokIndonesian
- bjálki, bitiIcelandic
- sija; baļķisLatvian
- تیرچه؛ تیرPersian
- ميله، تير، د تلې ډنډهPashto
- 樑Chinese (Trad.)
- چھتوں میں استعمال ہونے والا شہتیرUrdu
- xà, rầmVietnamese
- 梁Chinese (Simp.)
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