Calking
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Calking — Calk ing, n. The act or process of making seems tight, as in ships, or of furnishing with calks, as a shoe, or copying, as a drawing. [1913 Webster] {Calking iron}, a tool like a chisel, used in calking ships, tightening seams in ironwork, etc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calking — noun see caulk II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • calking — kɔːk n. part on a horseshoe that prevents slipping v. put on calks (part on a horseshoe that prevents slipping) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • calking — variant of caulking …   Useful english dictionary

  • Calking iron — Calking Calk ing, n. The act or process of making seems tight, as in ships, or of furnishing with calks, as a shoe, or copying, as a drawing. [1913 Webster] {Calking iron}, a tool like a chisel, used in calking ships, tightening seams in ironwork …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calking roll — noun Etymology: calking, from present participle of calk (III) : boot III 3b …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spray (sailing vessel) — The S.V. Spray was the vessel rebuilt by Joshua Slocum and used in his successful attempt to circumnavigate the world single handedly, the first voyage of its kind. The Spray was a convert|36|ft|9|in|m|sing=on sloop rigged fishing boat refitted… …   Wikipedia

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Calked — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reem — Reem, v. t. [Cf. {Ream} to make a hole in.] (Naut.) To open (the seams of a vessel s planking) for the purpose of calking them. [1913 Webster] {Reeming iron} (Naut.), an iron chisel for reeming the seams of planks in calking ships. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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