baulk


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baulk

 (bôk)
v. & n. Chiefly British
Variant of balk.

baulk

(bɔːk; usually for sense 1 bɔːlk)
n
1. (Billiards & Snooker) billiards
a. the space, usually 29 inches deep, between the baulk line and the bottom cushion
b. (in baulk-line games) one of the spaces between the cushions and the baulk lines
c. in baulk inside one of these spaces
2. (Archaeology) archaeol a strip of earth left between excavation trenches for the study of the complete stratigraphy of a site
3. (Croquet) croquet either of two lines (A baulk and B baulk) at diagonally opposite ends of the court, from which the ball is struck into play
vb, n
a variant spelling of balk

balk

(bɔk)
v.i.
1. to refuse curtly and firmly (usu. fol. by at).
2. to stop short and stubbornly refuse to go on.
3. to commit a balk in baseball.
v.t.
4. to place an obstacle in the way of; hinder; thwart.
n.
5. a baseball pitcher's illegal motion or feint, penalized by awarding a runner or runners an advance to the next base.
6. a check or hindrance; defeat; disappointment.
7. a strip of land left unplowed.
8. any heavy timber used for building purposes.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English balca covering, beam, ridge, c. Old Norse bǫlkr bar, partition]
balk′er, n.

baulk


Past participle: baulked
Gerund: baulking

Imperative
baulk
baulk
Present
I baulk
you baulk
he/she/it baulks
we baulk
you baulk
they baulk
Preterite
I baulked
you baulked
he/she/it baulked
we baulked
you baulked
they baulked
Present Continuous
I am baulking
you are baulking
he/she/it is baulking
we are baulking
you are baulking
they are baulking
Present Perfect
I have baulked
you have baulked
he/she/it has baulked
we have baulked
you have baulked
they have baulked
Past Continuous
I was baulking
you were baulking
he/she/it was baulking
we were baulking
you were baulking
they were baulking
Past Perfect
I had baulked
you had baulked
he/she/it had baulked
we had baulked
you had baulked
they had baulked
Future
I will baulk
you will baulk
he/she/it will baulk
we will baulk
you will baulk
they will baulk
Future Perfect
I will have baulked
you will have baulked
he/she/it will have baulked
we will have baulked
you will have baulked
they will have baulked
Future Continuous
I will be baulking
you will be baulking
he/she/it will be baulking
we will be baulking
you will be baulking
they will be baulking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been baulking
you have been baulking
he/she/it has been baulking
we have been baulking
you have been baulking
they have been baulking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been baulking
you will have been baulking
he/she/it will have been baulking
we will have been baulking
you will have been baulking
they will have been baulking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been baulking
you had been baulking
he/she/it had been baulking
we had been baulking
you had been baulking
they had been baulking
Conditional
I would baulk
you would baulk
he/she/it would baulk
we would baulk
you would baulk
they would baulk
Past Conditional
I would have baulked
you would have baulked
he/she/it would have baulked
we would have baulked
you would have baulked
they would have baulked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.baulk - the area on a billiard table behind the balklinebaulk - the area on a billiard table behind the balkline; "a player with ball in hand must play from the balk"
billiard table, pool table, snooker table - game equipment consisting of a heavy table on which pool is played
surface area, expanse, area - the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary; "the area of a rectangle"; "it was about 500 square feet in area"
2.baulk - something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
difficulty - a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
albatross, millstone - (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps; "she was an albatross around his neck"
bind - something that hinders as if with bonds
diriment impediment - (canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage)
drag - something that slows or delays progress; "taxation is a drag on the economy"; "too many laws are a drag on the use of new land"
obstacle, obstruction - something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted; "lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement"; "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education"; "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"
straitjacket - anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines; "they defected because Russian dance was in a straitjacket"; "the government is operating in an economic straitjacket"
3.baulk - one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roofbaulk - one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
beam - long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
Verb1.baulk - refuse to complybaulk - refuse to comply      
disobey - refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient; "He disobeyed his supervisor and was fired"

baulk

see balk
References in classic literature ?
It occurred to me that her recent obtrusion of herself upon me might have been prompted by the wish to test my power of detecting some of her secrets; but I let the thought drop again at once: her motives and her deeds had no interest for me, and whatever pleasures she might be seeking, I had no wish to baulk her.
And then my lord would defy the ghost which threatened him, for he knew of a remedy by which he could baulk his enemy.
Mr Dennis was so affected by this constancy on the part of the staunch old man, that he protested--almost with tears in his eyes-- that to baulk his inclinations would be an act of cruelty and hard dealing to which he, for one, never could reconcile his conscience.