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Related to baulk: baulk line
v. & n. Chiefly British
Variant of balk.
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baulk(bɔːk; usually for sense 1 bɔːlk)
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
a variant spelling of balk
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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]
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Past participle: baulked
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|Noun||1.||baulk - 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
|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 roof|
beam - long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
|Verb||1.||baulk - refuse to comply |
disobey - refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient; "He disobeyed his supervisor and was fired"
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