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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb balk:

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Definition of the noun balk

What does balk mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: balks

  1. 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
  2. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  3. one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of balk: baulk / rafter
    • more generic word: beam = long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
  4. an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: delivery / pitch = the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter

Alternative definition of the noun balk


  1. ridge, an unplowed strip of land. (One use is to walk on it.)
  2. See beam.
  3. See hindrance.
  4. See blunder.
  5. [sports] deceptive motion; feint
  6. [baseball] an illegal motion intended to deceive a runner.
  7. [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

  1. refuse to comply
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb]Sharon flinched
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] at / from [Cause]Sharon flinched at the sight of the accident

      Verbs Involving the Body (with the same syntax): cower, cringe, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, wince.

    • 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


  1. [archaic] to pass over or by.
  2. to stop, check, block.
  3. to stop short and refuse to go on.
  4. 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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Google previewRichard The Second. The First Part Of Henry The Fourth (1859)

A balk is a ridge of greensward left by the plough in ploughing, or by design between different occupancies in a...

Google previewDictionary 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 ...

Google previewThe 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...

Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewScripture illustrated by means of natural Science: in botany, geology, geography ... (1814)

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, ...

Google previewCompendium of modern geography (1822)

by Compendium

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 ...

Google previewA General Dictionary of Provincialisms (1840)

by William Holloway

” Jenny-Balk, balk is a beam, and jenny means small.

Google previewA New Gazetteer of the Eastern Continent (1808)

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 ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

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 ...

Google previewDictionary 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.

Google previewDictionary of obsolete and provincial English (1857)

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.

Google previewThe New Dickson Baseball Dictionary (1999)

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 ...

Google previewThe World Almanac and Encyclopedia (1911)

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 ...

Google previewA 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.

Google previewA general dictionary of Provincialisms, etc (1838)

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.

Google previewEncyclopaedia 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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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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