Balk
Balk Balk, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Balked} (b[add]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Balking}.] [From {Balk} a beam; orig. to put a balk or beam in one's way, in order to stop or hinder. Cf., for sense 2, AS. on balcan legan to lay in heaps.] [1913 Webster] 1. To leave or make balks in. [Obs.] --Gower. [1913 Webster]

2. To leave heaped up; to heap up in piles. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Ten thousand bold Scots, two and twenty knights, Balk'd in their own blood did Sir Walter see. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To omit, miss, or overlook by chance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

4. To miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to let go by; to shirk. [Obs. or Obsolescent] [1913 Webster]

By reason of the contagion then in London, we balked the inns. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

Sick he is, and keeps his bed, and balks his meat. --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster]

Nor doth he any creature balk, But lays on all he meeteth. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

5. To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to thwart; as, to balk expectation. [1913 Webster]

They shall not balk my entrance. --Byron. [1913 Webster]


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  • Balk — ist der Name folgender Personen Alfred Balk (1930–2010), US amerikanischer Journalist und Herausgeber Fairuza Balk (* 1974), US amerikanische Filmschauspielerin Hermann von Balk († 1239), Ritter des deutschen Ordens im 13. Jahrhundert Justin Balk …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Balk — (b[add]k), n. [AS. balca beam, ridge; akin to Icel. b[=a]lkr partition, bj[=a]lki beam, OS. balko, G. balken; cf. Gael. balc ridge of earth between two furrows. Cf. {Balcony}, {Balk}, v. t., 3d {Bulk}.] 1. A ridge of land left unplowed between… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balk — also baulk BrE [bo:k, bo:lk US bo:k, bo:lk] v [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: balk raised area that gets in the way of forward movement (15 21 centuries), from Old English balca pile of things on the ground ] 1.) to not want to do or try something,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Balk — Balk, v. i. 1. To engage in contradiction; to be in opposition. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] In strifeful terms with him to balk. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To stop abruptly and stand still obstinately; to jib; to stop short; to swerve; as, the horse… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balk — balk·i·ly; balk·i·ness; balk·ing·ly; balk; …   English syllables

  • balk — [bôk] n. [ME balke < OE balca, a bank, ridge < IE * bhelg (extended stem of * bhel , a beam) > Ger balken, beam, Gr phalanx, L fulcrum] 1. a ridge of unplowed land between furrows 2. a roughly hewn piece of timber 3. a beam used in… …   English World dictionary

  • Balk — Balk, v. i. [Prob. from D. balken to bray, bawl.] To indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore, the direction taken by the shoals of herring. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balk — [v1] stop short cramp, crimp, demur, desist, dodge, evade, flinch, hesitate, recoil, refuse, resist, shirk, shrink from, shy, turn down, upset apple cart*; concepts 119,121,188 balk [v2] thwart baffle, bar, beat, check, circumvent, counteract,… …   New thesaurus

  • Balk — (Balko), Hermann, Gründer der Herrschaft des Deutschen Ordens in Preußen und erster Landmeister daselbst, gest. 1239. Aus einer nieder sächsisch märkischen Familie gebürtig, ward er 1230 vom Hochmeister Hermann von Salza auf Bitten Herzog Konrads …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Balk — Balk, Hermann von, Landmeister des Deutschen Ordens 1230 39, kämpfte siegreich gegen die heidn. Preußen; Gründer von Thorn, Kulm, Elbing und Marienwerder …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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