Calk
Calk Calk (k[add]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Calked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Calking}.] [Either corrupted fr. F. calfater (cf. Pg. calafetar, Sp. calafetear), fr. Ar. qalafa to fill up crevices with the fibers of palm tree or moss; or fr. OE. cauken to tred, through the French fr. L. calcare, fr. calx heel. Cf. {Calk} to copy, Inculcate.] 1. To drive tarred oakum into the seams between the planks of (a ship, boat, etc.), to prevent leaking. The calking is completed by smearing the seams with melted pitch. [1913 Webster]

2. To make an indentation in the edge of a metal plate, as along a seam in a steam boiler or an iron ship, to force the edge of the upper plate hard against the lower and so fill the crevice. [1913 Webster]


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  • Calk — (k[add]k), v. i. 1. To furnish with calks, to prevent slipping on ice; as, to calk the shoes of a horse or an ox. [1913 Webster] 2. To wound with a calk; as when a horse injures a leg or a foot with a calk on one of the other feet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Calk — (k[a^]lk), v. t. [E.calquer to trace, It. caicare to trace, to trample, fr. L. calcare to trample, fr. calx heel. Cf. {Calcarate}.] To copy, as a drawing, by rubbing the back of it with red or black chalk, and then passing a blunt style or needle …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Calk — (k[add]k), n. [Cf. AS. calc shoe, hoof, L. calx, calcis, heel, calcar, spur.] 1. A sharp pointed piece of iron or steel projecting downward on the shoe of a horse or an ox, to prevent the animal from slipping; called also {calker}, {calkin}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calk — calk1 [kôk] vt. CAULK calker n. calk2 [kôk] n. [< ? L calcar, spur: see CALCAR] 1. a part of a horseshoe that projects downward to prevent slipping ☆ 2. a metal plate with spurs, fastened to the sole of a shoe to prevent slipping …   English World dictionary

  • calk — [ko:k US ko:k] v an American spelling of ↑caulk …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • calk — [ kɔk ] an American spelling of caulk1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • calk — (esp. Brit. caulk) ► NOUN ▪ a waterproof filler and sealant, used in building work and repairs. ► VERB 1) seal with caulk. 2) make (a boat or its seams) watertight. ORIGIN from Latin calcare to tread …   English terms dictionary

  • calk — Caulk Caulk, n. 1. See {Calk}. [1913 Webster] 2. a viscous semisolid material of varying composition used to fill in seams of objects which are exposed to water, such as wooden ships or bath tiles; called also {calk} and {caulking}. After… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calk — calk1 /kawk/, v.t., n. caulk. calk2 /kawk/, n. 1. Also, calkin. a projection on a horseshoe to prevent slipping on ice, pavement, etc. See illus. under horseshoe. 2. Also, calker. a similar device on the heel or sole of a shoe to prevent slipp …   Universalium

  • calk — I [[t]kɔk[/t]] n. bui navig. (chiefly in technical use) caulk II calk [[t]kɔk[/t]] n. 1) a projection on a horseshoe to prevent slipping on ice, pavement, etc 2) to provide with calks 3) to injure with a calk • Etymology: 1580–90 …   From formal English to slang

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