I. noun Etymology: Middle English balke, from Old English balca; akin to Old High German balko beam, Latin fulcire to prop, Greek phalanx log, phalanx Date: before 12th century 1. a ridge of land left unplowed as a dividing line or through carelessness 2. beam, rafter 3. hindrance, check 4. a. the space behind the balkline on a billiard table b. any of the outside divisions made by the balklines 5. failure of a player to complete a motion; especially an illegal motion of the pitcher in baseball while in position II. verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. archaic to pass over or by 2. to check or stop by or as if by an obstacle ; block intransitive verb 1. to stop short and refuse to proceed 2. to refuse abruptly — used with at <
Congress balked at putting up the money — Thomas Fleming
3. to commit a balk in sports Synonyms: see frustratebalker noun

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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 — (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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