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Princeton's WordNet

  1. balk, baulknoun

    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, handicapnoun

    something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

  3. rafter, balk, baulknoun

    one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

  4. balkverb

    an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base

  5. resist, balk, baulk, jibverb

    refuse to comply


  1. balknoun

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

  2. balknoun

    beam, crossbeam.

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  5. balknoun

    deceptive motion; feint

  6. balkverb

    to pass over or by.

  7. balkverb

    to stop, check, block.

  8. balkverb

    to stop short and refuse to go on.

  9. balkverb

    to refuse suddenly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Balkverb

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

  2. Balkverb

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

  3. Balkverb

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

  4. Balkverb

    a hindrance or disappointment; a check

  5. Balkverb

    a sudden and obstinate stop; a failure

  6. Balkverb

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

  7. Balkverb

    to leave or make balks in

  8. Balkverb

    to leave heaped up; to heap up in piles

  9. Balkverb

    to omit, miss, or overlook by chance

  10. Balkverb

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

  11. Balkverb

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

  12. Balkverb

    to engage in contradiction; to be in opposition

  13. Balkverb

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

  14. Balkverb

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Balk

    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

  1. balk

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of balk in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of balk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of balk in a Sentence

  1. Edith Sitwell:

    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.

  2. Vikrant Parsai:

    People are known by the way they walk, talk and balk.

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