Balk

Definition of Balk

Pronunciation: bạk
n.1.A ridge of land left unplowed between furrows, or at the end of a field; a piece missed by the plow slipping aside.
Bad plowmen made balks of such ground.
- Fuller.
2.A great beam, rafter, or timber; esp., the tie-beam of a house. The loft above was called "the balks."
Tubs hanging in the balks.
- Chaucer.
3.(Mil.) One of the beams connecting the successive supports of a trestle bridge or bateau bridge.
4.A hindrance or disappointment; a check.
A balk to the confidence of the bold undertaker.
- South.
5.A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.
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.
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.
v. t.1.To leave or make balks in.
2.To leave heaped up; to heap up in piles.
Ten thousand bold Scots, two and twenty knights,
Balk'd in their own blood did Sir Walter see.
- Shak.
3.To omit, miss, or overlook by chance.
4.To miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to let go by; to shirk.
By reason of the contagion then in London, we balked the inns.
- Evelyn.
Sick he is, and keeps his bed, and balks his meat.
- Bp. Hall.
Nor doth he any creature balk,
But lays on all he meeteth.
- Drayton.
5.To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to thwart; as, to balk expectation.
They shall not balk my entrance.
- Byron.
v. i.1.To engage in contradiction; to be in opposition.
In strifeful terms with him to balk.
- Spenser.
2.To stop abruptly and stand still obstinately; to jib; to stop short; to swerve; as, the horse balks.
Ne ever ought but of their true loves talkt,
Ne ever for rebuke or blame of any balkt.
3.(Baseball) to commit a balk{6}; - of a pitcher.
1.To indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore, the direction taken by the shoals of herring.

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