Definitions for balk
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word balk.
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, handicapnoun
something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
rafter, balk, baulknoun
one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
resist, balk, baulk, jibverb
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A great beam, such as is used in building; a rafter over an outhouse or barn.
Etymology: balk , Dut. and Germ.
A ridge of land left unploughed between the furrows, or at the end of the field.
Etymology: derived by Skinner from valicare, Ital. to pass over.
Another thing in the grammar schools I see no use of, unless it be to balk young lads in the way to learning languages. John Locke.
Every one has a desire to keep up the vigour of his faculties, and not to balk his understanding by what is too hard for it. John Locke.
But one may balk this good intent,
And take things otherwise than meant. Matthew Prior.
The prices must have been high; for a people so rich would not balk their fancy. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.
Balk’d of his prey, the yelling monster flies,
And fills the city with his hideous cries. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.
Is there a variance? enter but his door,
Balk’d are the courts, and contest is no more. Alexander Pope.
By grisly Pluto he doth swear,
He rent his clothes, and tore his hair;
And as he runneth here and there,
An acorn cup he greeteth;
Which soon he taketh by the stalk,
About his head he lets it walk,
Nor doth he any creature balk,
But lays on all he meeteth. Michael Drayton, Nymphid.
This was looked for at your hand, and this was balkt. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.
Ten thousand bold Scots, three and twenty knights,
Balk’d in their own blood, did Sir Walter see
On Holmedon’s plains. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.
In baseball, a pitcher can commit a number of illegal motions or actions that constitute a balk. Most of these violations involve pitchers pretending to pitch when they have no intention of doing so. In games played under the Official Baseball Rules that govern professional play in the United States and Canada, 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 State High School Associations (NFHS Baseball Rules), a balk results in an immediate dead ball. In the event a balk is enforced, the pitch is generally (but not always) nullified, each runner is awarded one base, and the batter (generally) remains at bat, and with the previous count. The balk rule in Major League Baseball was introduced in 1898.The reason a balk is prohibited is given in the Official Baseball Rules: "Umpires should bear in mind that the purpose of the balk rule is to prevent the pitcher from deliberately deceiving the base runner."
A balk is a hesitation or unwillingness to accept an idea, task, or take action due to certain reasons such as fear or objection. It also refers to an illegal motion in baseball made by a pitcher to deceive the batter or runner.
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
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
Baulk, bawk, n. a ridge left unploughed, intentionally or through carelessness: (obs.) an omission: squared timber: a tie-beam of a house, stretching from wall to wall, esp. when laid so as to form a loft, 'the balks:' (obs.) the beam of a balance: the rope by which fishing-nets are fastened together: a hindrance or disappointment.—v.t. to ignore, pass over: refuse: avoid: let slip: to check, disappoint, or elude: to meet arguments with objections.—v.i. to swerve, pull up: (Spens.) lie out of the way.—n. Balk′-line, in billiards, a line drawn across the table 28½ inches from the face of the bottom cushion—a ball is said to be in balk when within this space. [A.S. balca, ridge; Old High Ger. balcho.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
Straight young trees after they are felled and squared; a beam or timber used for temporary purposes, and under 8 inches square. Balks, of timber of any squared size, as mahogany, intended for planks, or, when very large, for booms or rafts.
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Balk is ranked #9991 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Balk surname appeared 3,228 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Balk.
66.6% or 2,151 total occurrences were White.
28.7% or 929 total occurrences were Asian.
2.3% or 76 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.4% or 48 total occurrences were of two or more races.
The numerical value of balk in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of balk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
I'm not the man to balk at a low smell, I not the man to insist on asphodel. This sounds like a He-fellow, don't you think? It sounds like that. I belch, I bawl, I drink.
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Translations for balk
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- финт, отказвам, запирам се, греда, пречка, спъвам, спънка, преча, затруднявам, пропускамBulgarian
- Rain, BalkenGerman
- immyr vaneManx
- ostacolare, tirarsi indietroItalian
- piedică, fentă, lonjeron, hat, grindă, obstacol, hotarRomanian
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