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1. A pointed extension on the toe or heels of a horseshoe, designed to prevent slipping.
2. A spiked plate that is fixed on the bottom of a shoe to prevent slipping and preserve the sole.
[Probably back-formation from obsolete calkin, from Middle English kakun, possibly from Middle Dutch kalkoen, hoof, or from Old French calcain, heel (Middle Dutch, from Old French), from Latin calcāneum, heel bone; see calcaneus.]
Variant of caulk.
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(Building) a variant spelling of caulk
1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a metal projection on a horse's shoe to prevent slipping
2. chiefly US and Canadian a set of spikes or a spiked plate attached to the sole of a boot, esp by loggers, to prevent slipping
3. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) to provide with calks
4. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) to wound with a calk
[C17: from Latin calx heel]
(Art Terms) (tr) to transfer (a design) by tracing it with a blunt point from one sheet backed with loosely fixed colouring matter onto another placed underneath
[C17: from French calquer to trace; see calque]
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(chiefly in technical use) caulk.
1. a projection on a horseshoe to prevent slipping on ice, pavement, etc.v.t.
2. to provide with calks.
3. to injure with a calk.
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Past participle: calked
Past participle: calked
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Much like a cleat on a shoe, except that calks were for horseshoes. Calks were used to increase traction when there was snow or ice on the ground. In one design, the calks were an integral part of the shoe. In another design, each individual calk was driven into a mating hole in the shoe. In yet another, each calk had threads and was screwed into a threaded hole in the shoe.
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|Noun||1.||calk - a metal cleat on the bottom front of a horseshoe to prevent slipping|
cleat - a metal or leather projection (as from the sole of a shoe); prevents slipping
|Verb||1.||calk - provide with calks; "calk horse shoes"|
animal husbandry - breeding and caring for farm animals
|2.||calk - seal with caulking; "caulk the window"|
|3.||calk - injure with a calk|
injure - cause injuries or bodily harm to
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vt drawing, design → durchpausen
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