Balk 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 furrows, or at the end of a field; a piece missed by the plow slipping aside. [1913 Webster]

Bad plowmen made balks of such ground. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

2. A great beam, rafter, or timber; esp., the tie-beam of a house. The loft above was called ``the balks.'' [1913 Webster]

Tubs hanging in the balks. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mil.) One of the beams connecting the successive supports of a trestle bridge or bateau bridge. [1913 Webster]

4. A hindrance or disappointment; a check. [1913 Webster]

A balk to the confidence of the bold undertaker. --South. [1913 Webster]

5. A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure. [1913 Webster]

6. (Baseball) A deceptive gesture of the pitcher, as if to deliver the ball. It is illegal and is penalized by allowing the runners on base to advance one base. [1913 Webster]

{Balk line} (Billiards), a line across a billiard table near one end, marking a limit within which the cue balls are placed in beginning a game; also, a line around the table, parallel to the sides, used in playing a particular game, called the balk line game. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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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 — 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… …   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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