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Definition of the noun balk
What does balk mean as a name of something?
noun - plural: balks
- the area on a billiard table behind the balkline
- example: a player with ball in hand must play from the balk
- lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
- synonym of balk: baulk
- more generic terms: area / expanse / surface area = the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary
- part of: billiard table / pool table / snooker table = game equipment consisting of a heavy table on which pool is played
- something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
- lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
- synonyms of balk: baulk / check / deterrent / handicap / hinderance / hindrance / impediment
- more generic word: difficulty = a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
- more specific terms:
- albatross / millstone = something that hinders or handicaps
- bind = something that hinders as if with bonds
- diriment impediment = an impediment that invalidates a marriage
- drag = something that slows or delays progress
- obstruction / obstacle = something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
- straitjacket = anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines
- one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
- an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
Alternative definition of the noun balk
- ridge, an unplowed strip of land. (One use is to walk on it.)
- See beam.
- See hindrance.
- See blunder.
- [sports] deceptive motion; feint
- [baseball] an illegal motion intended to deceive a runner.
- [badminton] motion used to deceive an opponent during a serve
Specialised definition of the noun balk
Glossary of sports / baseball
an illegal action made by the pitcher to deceive a baserunner (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)
Glossary of sports / bowling
an approach that doesn't end with a delivery
Glossary of sports / diving
usually a false start, on which the diver begins the approach but doesn't complete the dive. A balk also occurs when the diver loses balance on an armstand dive and the feet touch the platform. A balk results in a score of zero for that dive
Definition of the verb balk
What does balk mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: balked | balking | balks
- refuse to comply
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Experiencer - being] [Verb] Sharon flinched [Experiencer - being] [Verb] at / from [Cause] Sharon flinched at the sight of the accident
- lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
- synonyms of balk: baulk / jib / resist
- more generic word: disobey = refuse to go along with; refuse to follow
Alternative definition of the verb balk
- [archaic] to pass over or by.
- to stop, check, block.
- to stop short and refuse to go on.
- to refuse suddenly.
Definition of the verb balk for high school students
- to stop, block abruptly
- example: Edna's boss balked at her request for another raise.
The verb balk is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.
Specialised definition of the verb balk
Glossary of sports / equestrian
to stop short of an obstacle
Balk is a hamlet and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 48. The village is just to the east of Thirsk, and combines with the adjacent parish of Bagby to elect a parish council.
Balk: In baseball, a pitcher can commit a number of illegal motions or actions that constitute a balk. Most of these violations involve a pitcher pretending to pitch when he has no intention of doing so. In games played under the Official Baseball Rules, a balk results in a dead ball or delayed dead ball. In certain other circumstances, a balk may be wholly or partially disregarded. Under other rule sets, notably in the United States under the National Federation of High Schools Baseball Rules, a balk results in an immediate dead ball. In the event a balk is enforced, the pitch is generally nullified, each runner is awarded one base, and the batter remains at bat, and with the previous count. The balk rule in Major League Baseball was introduced in 1898.
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Balk
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A balk is a ridge of greensward left by the plough in ploughing, or by design between different occupancies in a...
Dictionary of phrase and fable. [A dictionary of English literature] by W.D. Adams, with additions (1885)
by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
Balk means the high ridge between furrows (Saxon and Welsh, bale) ; heuoe a rising ground. A balker is one who...
Ai tho balk is the part not cut by tho plough, therefore "to balk" means to leave untouched, or to disappoint. Balkis. Thequeencf ...
The Painted Word (2012)
A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins by Phil Cousineau
balk is an illegal motion made by a pitcher that unfairly deceives a base runner by faking a throw to a base, which...
The Handyman's Guide (2011)
Essential Woodworking Tools and Techniques by Paul N. Hasluck
Balk is the tree roughly squared. Plank is sawn timber, 11 in. or more in width, and from 2 in. to 6 in thick. Deal is 9 in. wide, and not more than 4 in thick. Batten is 7 in. wide, and not more than 3 in thick. Board is any width, and not more than 2 ...
Part I. An expository index referring to subjects of science in the order of the sacred books : Part II. Enquiries and discussions intended to illustrate various incidents etc. mentioned in scripture ; (With many Plates) by Charles Taylor
The city Balk is the ancient Bactra, which gave name to the province of Bactriana, or, in the language of Persia " the East," — in Hebrew, Kedem. As this country is far east of our Map, we do not further pursue this argument ; but suggest it, ...
Balk is the chief trading town between Western Tahtary and Hindoostan. Ba- dakshan ; famed for its minerals, and its caravan trade to Cabul and China. Pekin , Nankin, Canton, all celebrated as rich and extremely populous cities ; the port of ...
by William Holloway
” Jenny-Balk, balk is a beam, and jenny means small.
or, A Geographical Dictionary: Containing, in Alphabetical Order, a Description of All the Countries, Kingdoms, States, Cities, Towns, Principal Rivers, Lakes, Harbors, Mountains, &c., &c. in Europe, Asia, and Africa, with their Adjacent Islands by Jedidiah Morse, Elijah Parish
Balk is a large handsome town possessed by the Mahometans and Tartars, and well peopled. Most of its buildings are of brick or stone ; and its fortifications consist of earthen bulwarks, lined on the outside with a strong wall. The khan's castle ...
by Diagram Group
Billiards balk line Line at the top of the table. break Opening shot. bridge Position of the hand on which the cue rests. cannon Hitting both object balls. cue Long tapered stick with a leather tip used for striking the cue ball. cue ball White ball ...
Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English, Containing Words from the English Writers Previous to the Ninetheenth Century which are No Longer in Use ... [etc.] (1857)
by Thomas Wright
BALK, s. (A.-S. bale.) (l) A ridge of greensward left by the plough in ploughing. “Abalke or banke of earth raysed or standing up betweene twoo furrowes.
by Thomas Wright
Balk, s. (A.-S. bale.) (1) A ridge of greensward left by the plough in ploughing. " A balke or lianke of earth raysed or standing up betweene twoo furrowes.
A Cyclopedic Reference to More Than 7,000 Words, Names, Phrases, and Slang Expressions that Define the Game, Its Heritage, Culture, and Variations by Paul Dickson
balk 1. n. Any illegal act or motion by the pitcher that the umpire deems to ...
BALK LINE. ' National Amateur Championship, held at New York City, February 12 to 16. Final standing of the players: • Play-off — Conklln beat Poggenburg for first place and Gardner defeated Poensgen for third place. Detailed analysts ...
A Dictionary Of The English Language; In Which The Words Are Deduced From Their Originals; And Illustrated In Their Different Significations, By Examples From The Best Writers: Together With A History of the Language, and an English Grammar (1818)
by Samuel Johnson
BALK.'s n.s. [halk, Dutch and Germ.
by William HOLLOWAY (of Rye, in Sussex.)
MIRE- BALK, MERE. Ang.Sax. the end.] A balk or narrow slip of land, unploughed, separating properties in a common field. Norf, Suff. MARCH-BIRD, s. A frog. Norf. Suff.
Encyclopaedia Britannica (1817)
Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature ...
Baley Balk. tificia/; with mediciner for all diseaser of the eyes, 1626, 4to. 4. Explicatio Galeni de potu convasescentium et senum, &c. manuscript, formerly in Lord Aylesbury's library. #Ali, an island of Afia, in the East Indies, forming the north fide ...
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- The Balk
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- Picnic in Balk w/Sheikh
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- Timber Balk - Swansea Bay
Part of a Timber Breakwater on the Mumbles foreshore of Swansea Bay
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- Ellie Balk - Space Sketch
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- Green Balk Lane, Lepton
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- Daniel Balk / The Postelles
House of Blues Dallas | 11/11/12
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- Balk Street (Afghanistan)
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- Guard - Panel Design by Ellie Balk
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- Bench - Panel Design by Ellie Balk
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Video shows what balk means. ridge, an unplowed strip of land. beam, crossbeam. A hindrance or disappointment; a check.. balk pronunciation. How to ...
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Quotes about Balk
There are only two guidelines in good sex, Don't do anything you don't really enjoy and find out what are your partner needs and dont balk them if you can help it. (Alex Comfort)
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Scrabble value of B3A1L1K5
The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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