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balk Explained

balk at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


balk at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. balca "ridge," from or influenced by O.N. balkr "ridge of land," especially between two plowed furrows, both from P.Gmc. *balkan-, *belkan- (cf. O.S. balko, Dan. bjelke, O.Fris. balka, Ger. Balken "beam, rafter"), from PIE *bhelg- "beam, plank" (cf. Gk. phalanx "trunk, log, line of battle," L. fulcire "to prop," fulcrum "bedpost," Lith. balziena "cross-bar"). Modern senses are figurative, either representing the balk as a hindrance or obstruction (e.g., of horses, "to stop short before an obstacle," recorded from 1481), or from the verb sense of "to miss or omit intentionally" (attested by 1484) as a lazy or incompetent plowman would in making balks. Baseball sense is first attested 1845. ///

balk at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

also baulk BrE v [Date: 1400-1500; Origin: balk 'raised area that gets in the way of forward movement' (15-21 centuries), from Old English balca 'pile of things on the ground']//
1 [I] to not want to do or try something, because it seems difficult, unpleasant, or frightening: balk at// --Many people would balk at setting up a new business during a recession.// --Westerners balk at the prospect of snake on the menu.//
2 [I] if a horse balks at a fence, it stops in front of it and refuses to jump over it:
3 [I] AmE in baseball, to stop in the middle of the action of throwing the ball to the player who is trying to hit it:
4 [T] formal to stop someone or something from getting or achieving what they want:

balk at Dutch => English Of Explained:

on, pa

balk at Swedish => English Of Explained:

y, m

balk at Swedish => english Of Explained:


balk at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

137 Moby Thesaurus words for "balk":
baffle, bafflement, balk at, balking, be unwilling, beam, beat,
begrudge, betrayed hope, bevue, bilk, blast, blasted expectation,
blighted hope, blow, boggle, brave, buffet, cast down, challenge,
check, checkmate, circumvent, comedown, confound, confounding,
confront, confusion, contravene, counter, counteract, countermand,
counterwork, cross, cruel disappointment, dash, dashed hope,
decline, defeat, defeat expectation, defy, destroy, die hard,
disappoint, disappointment, discomfit, discomfiture, disconcert,
disconcertion, discountenance, dish, disillusion, disillusionment,
disrupt, dissatisfaction, dissatisfy, elude, failure,
fallen countenance, false move, false step, fiasco, fizzle, flinch,
flummox, foil, foiling, forlorn hope, frustrate, frustration, gag,
grudge, hang back, hold out, hope deferred, inadvertence,
inadvertency, jib, knock the chocks, lapse, lapsus calami,
lapsus linguae, let down, letdown, loose thread, mind, mirage,
miscue, misstep, nonplus, not budge, not care to, not feel like,
object to, omission, oversight, perplex, persevere, quail, rebuff,
recoil, refuse, repulse, reversal, reverse, rout, ruin, sabotage,
scotch, scruple, setback, shrink, shy, slip, slipup,
sore disappointment, spike, spoil, stand out, stand pat, stick,
stickle, stonewall, strain, stumble, stump, take no denial,
tantalization, tantalize, tease, thwart, thwarting, trip,
turn down, upset, would rather not, wrong step

balk at Afrikaans => English Of Explained:

stand firm, stan

balk at Dutch => English Of Explained:

balk [bɑlk]
beam, girder

balk at Swedish => English Of Explained:


balk at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

็นการกระทำที่ผิดกฎหมาย]N. taking advantage of the occasion (a situation an opportunity)

Balk at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Balk \Balk\, n. [AS. balca beam, ridge; akin to Icel. b[=a]lkr
partition, bj[=a]lki beam, OS. balko, G. balken; cf. Gael.
balc ridge of earth between two furrows. Cf. {Balcony},
{Balk}, v. i., 3d {Bulk}.]
1. A ridge of land left unplowed between furrows, or at the
end of a field; a piece missed by the plow slipping aside.

Bad plowmen made balks of such ground. --Fuller.

2. A great beam, rafter, or timber; esp., the tie-beam of a
house. The loft above was called ``the balks.''

Tubs hanging in the balks. --Chaucer.

3. (Mil.) One of the beams connecting the successive supports
of a trestle bridge or bateau bridge.

4. A hindrance or disappointment; a check.

A balk to the confidence of the bold undertaker.

5. A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.

6. (Baseball) A deceptive gesture of the pitcher, as if to
deliver the ball.

{Balk line} (Billiards), a line across a billiard table near
one end, marking a limit within which the cue balls are
placed in beginning a game; also, a line around the table,
parallel to the sides, used in playing a particular game,
called the balk line game.

Balk \Balk\, v. i.
1. To engage in contradiction; to be in opposition. [Obs.]

In strifeful terms with him to balk. --Spenser.

2. To stop abruptly and stand still obstinately; to jib; to
stop short; to swerve; as, the horse balks.

Note: This has been regarded as an Americanism, but it occurs
in Spenser's ``Fa["e]rie Queene,'' Book IV., 10, xxv.

Ne ever ought but of their true loves talkt, Ne
ever for rebuke or blame of any balkt.

Balk \Balk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Balked} (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
{Balking}.] [From {Balk} a beam; orig. to put a balk or beam
in one's way, in order to stop or hinder. Cf., for sense 2,
AS. on balcan legan to lay in heaps.]
1. To leave or make balks in. [Obs.] --Gower.

2. To leave heaped up; to heap up in piles. [Obs.]

Ten thousand bold Scots, two and twenty knights,
Balk'd in their own blood did Sir Walter see.

3. To omit, miss, or overlook by chance. [Obs.]

4. To miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to
let go by; to shirk. [Obs. or Obsolescent]

By reason of the contagion then in London, we balked
the ?nns. --Evelyn.

Sick he is, and keeps his bed, and balks his meat.
--Bp. Hall.

Nor doth he any creature balk, But lays on all he
meeteth. --Drayton.

5. To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to
?hwart; as, to balk expectation.

They shall not balk my entrance. --Byron.

Balk \Balk\, v. i. [Prob. from D. balken to bray, bawl.]
To indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore,
the direction taken by the shoals of herring.

balk at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: the area on a billiard table behind the balkline; "a player
with ball in hand must play from the balk" [syn: {baulk}]
2: something immaterial that interferes with or delays action
or progress [syn: {hindrance}, {deterrent}, {impediment},
{baulk}, {check}, {handicap}]
3: one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
[syn: {rafter}, {baulk}]
4: an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
v : refuse to comply [syn: {resist}, {baulk}, {jib}]

balk at English (WD) Of Explained:


Alternative forms

* baulk


From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » balke|lang=enm, Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » balca|lang=ang, either from or influenced by Inter: etyl » non Inter: term » bálkr||partition, ridge of land|lang=non,Inter: R:Online Etymology Dictionary » balk from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » balkô|lang=gem-pro. Cognate with Inter: etyl » de|- Inter: term » Balken||balk|lang=de, Inter: etyl » it|- Inter: term » balcone||balcony|lang=it.


* Inter: a » RP Inter: IPA » /bɔːk/
  • : Inter: rhymes » ɔːk
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /bɔ(ː)k/
  • Inter: a » cot-caught Inter: IPA » /bɑ(ː)k/


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • ridge, an unplowed strip of land. (One use is to walk on it.)
    1. beam, crossbeam.
    2. hindrance.
    3. blunder.
    4. Inter: sport » s deceptive motion; feint
    5. Inter: basebal » l an illegal motion intended to deceive a runner.
    6. Inter: badminto » n motion used to deceive an opponent during a serve


      Inter: trans-top » an unplowed strip of land

  • Bulgarian: неизорана ивица земя

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|hat|n, Inter: t- » ro|hotar|n

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » beam
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|греда
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Balken|m
    • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|bjelke|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|grindă|f, Inter: t+ » ro|lonjeron|n
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|балка|f|tr=bálka

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » hindrance
    • Bulgarian: , Inter: t+ » bg|спънка, Inter: t+ » bg|пречка

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|obstacol|n, Inter: t- » ro|piedică|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » (sports) deceptive motion; feint
    • Bulgarian: финт, лъжливо движение

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|fentă|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-ver » b
  • Inter: archai » c to pass over or by.
    1. to stop, check, block.
    2. to stop short and refuse to go on.
    3. to refuse suddenly.


      Inter: trans-top » to stop, check, block

  • Bulgarian: , Inter: t+ » bg|преча, Inter: t+ » bg|спъвам, Inter: t+ » bg|затруднявам
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|estää

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|ostacolare

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to stop short and refuse to go on
    • Bulgarian: , Inter: t- » bg|запирам се
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|regimber

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|tirarsi indietro

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to refuse suddenly
    • Bulgarian: , Inter: t+ » bg|пропускам, Inter: t+ » bg|отказвам

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|regimber

  • Inter: trans-botto » m




    * Inter: rhymes » ɑlk|lang=nl

    Etymology 1

    From Inter: etyl » odt|nl Inter: recons » balko|lang=odt, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|nl Inter: recons » balkô|lang=gem-pro.


    Inter: nl-noun » m|balken|balkje
  • beam, support
    1. Inter: mathematics » lang=nl cuboid

      Etymology 2


      Inter: head » nl

  • Inter: nl-verb-form » p=1|n=sg|t=pres|m=ind|balken
  • Inter: nl-verb-form » m=imp|balken

  • Translation: da » balk
    Translation: et » balk
    Translation: el » balk
    Translation: fa » balk
    Translation: fr » balk
    Translation: ko » balk
    Translation: io » balk
    Translation: it » balk
    Translation: ku » balk
    Translation: lt » balk
    Translation: li » balk
    Translation: mg » balk
    Translation: ml » balk
    Translation: my » balk
    Translation: fj » balk
    Translation: nl » balk
    Translation: ps » balk
    Translation: pl » balk
    Translation: ro » balk
    Translation: fi » balk
    Translation: sv » balk
    Translation: tl » balk
    Translation: ta » balk
    Translation: te » balk
    Translation: th » balk
    Translation: tr » balk
    Translation: vi » balk
    Translation: zh » balk