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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 ?
But when I knew them, of exports there was never a sign that one could detect; and all the imports I have ever seen were some rare cargoes of tropical timber, enormous baulks roughed out of iron trunks grown in the woods about the Gulf of Mexico.
One of the young men of fashion - he who was found dead at the bottom of a well on the night of the earthquake had once given him a complete suit of Hindu kit, the costume of a lowcaste street boy, and Kim stored it in a secret place under some baulks in Nila Ram's timber-yard, beyond the Punjab High Court, where the fragrant deodar logs lie seasoning after they have driven down the Ravi.
It was a fine apartment in which we found ourselves, large, lofty, and heavily raftered with huge baulks of age-blackened oak.