Balk definitions

bôk
A ridge of unplowed land between furrows.
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A roughly hewn piece of timber.
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A beam used in construction.
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Something that obstructs or thwarts; check, hindrance, disappointment, etc.
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A blunder; error.
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An illegal motion by the pitcher, such as an uncompleted motion to throw to a base, while one foot is on the rubber: it entitles each base runner to advance one base.
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To stop and obstinately refuse to move or act.
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To hesitate or recoil (at)
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To make a balk in baseball.
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To make balks in (land)
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To obstruct or thwart; foil.
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To miss or let slip by.
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To force (a base runner to score from third base) by committing a balk.
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A hindrance, check, or defeat.
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An incomplete or misleading motion, especially an illegal move made by a baseball pitcher.
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One of the spaces between the cushion and the balk line on a billiard table.
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A wooden beam or rafter.
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To stop short and refuse to go on.

The horse balked at the jump.

verb
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To refuse obstinately or abruptly.

She balked at the very idea of compromise.

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To make an incomplete or misleading motion.
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To make an illegal motion before pitching, allowing one or more base runners to advance one base.
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Balk is defined as to create a hindrance or a barrier.

An example of something that may balk your chances to finish college is a refusal by a lender to provide financial aid.

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Ridge, an unplowed strip of land.
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(archaic) To pass over or by.
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The definition of balk is to stop or hold back from doing something.

An example of something at which someone might balk is cleaning up a mess that he did not make.

An example of an animal that may balk is a mule.

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To omit, miss, or overlook by chance.
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A hindrance or disappointment; a check.
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To leave heaped up; to heap up in piles.
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A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.
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To indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore, the direction taken by the shoals of herring.
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(sports) Deceptive motion; feint.
  • (baseball) An illegal motion by the pitcher, intended to deceive a runner.
  • (badminton) Motion used to deceive an opponent during a serve..
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Bishop Hall.

Sick he is, and keeps his bed, and balks his meat.

verb
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To check or thwart by or as if by an obstacle.
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To let go by; miss.
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An unplowed strip of land.
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A ridge between furrows.
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Drayton.

Nor doth he any creature balk, / But lays on all he meeteth.

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To stop, check, block.
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To stop short and refuse to go on.

The horse balked.

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To refuse suddenly.
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To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to thwart.

To balk expectation.

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To engage in contradiction; to be in opposition.
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To leave or make balks in.

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Origin of balk

From Middle English balke, Old English balca, either from or influenced by Old Norse bálkr (“partition, ridge of land”), from Proto-Germanic *balkô. Cognate with German Balken (“balk”), Italian balcone (“balcony”).