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
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.]
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The numerical value of balk in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of balk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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- пропускам, затруднявам, преча, финт, спънка, пречка, греда, отказвам, запирам се, спъвамBulgarian
- Balken, RainGerman
- immyr vaneManx
- tirarsi indietro, ostacolareItalian
- grindă, hotar, obstacol, piedică, hat, lonjeron, fentăRomanian
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