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caulkalso calk (kôk)
v. caulked, caulk·ing, caulks also calked or calk·ing or calks
1. To make watertight or airtight by filling or sealing: caulk a pipe joint; caulked the cracks between the boards with mud.
2. Nautical To make (a boat) watertight by packing seams with a waterproof material, such as oakum or pitch.
To apply caulking: caulked all around the window frame.
[Middle English cauken, to press, from Old North French cauquer, from Latin calcāre, to tread, from calx, heel.]
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1. (Building) to stop up (cracks, crevices, etc) with a filler
2. (Nautical Terms) nautical to pack (the seams) between the planks of the bottom of (a vessel) with waterproof material to prevent leakage
[C15: from Old Northern French cauquer to press down, from Latin calcāre to trample, from calx heel]
ˈcaulker, ˈcalker n
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v. caulked or calked, caulk•ing or calk•ing,
1. to fill or close seams or crevices of (a window, ship's hull, etc.) in order to make watertight, airtight, etc.
2. to fill or close (a seam, joint, etc.), as in a boat.n.
3. Also, caulking. a material used to caulk.
[1350–1400; < Latin calcāre to trample <calx heel]
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Past participle: caulked
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|Noun||1.||caulk - a waterproof filler and sealant that is used in building and repair to make watertight|
|Verb||1.||caulk - seal with caulking; "caulk the window"|
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caulk[kɔːk] VT → calafatear
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