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[bawk] /bɔk/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), noun
1.
balk.
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British Dictionary definitions for baulk

balk

/bɔːk; bɔːlk/
verb
1.
(intransitive) usually foll by at. to stop short, esp suddenly or unexpectedly; jib the horse balked at the jump
2.
(intransitive) foll by at. to turn away abruptly; recoil he balked at the idea of murder
3.
(transitive) to thwart, check, disappoint, or foil he was balked in his plans
4.
(transitive) to avoid deliberately he balked the question
5.
(transitive) to miss unintentionally
noun
6.
a roughly squared heavy timber beam
7.
a timber tie beam of a roof
8.
an unploughed ridge to prevent soil erosion or mark a division on common land
9.
an obstacle; hindrance; disappointment
10.
(baseball) an illegal motion by a pitcher towards the plate or towards the base when there are runners on base, esp without delivering the ball
See also baulk
Derived Forms
balker, baulker, noun
Word Origin
Old English balca; related to Old Norse bálkr partition, Old High German balco beam

baulk

/bɔːk; usually for sense 1 bɔːlk/
noun
1.
(billiards) Also (US) balk
  1. the space, usually 29 inches deep, between the baulk line and the bottom cushion
  2. (in baulk-line games) one of the spaces between the cushions and the baulk lines
  3. in baulk, inside one of these spaces
2.
(archaeol) a strip of earth left between excavation trenches for the study of the complete stratigraphy of a site
3.
(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
verb, noun
4.
a variant spelling of balk
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Word Origin and History for baulk
baulk
alt. spelling of balk, especially in billiards, in reference to a bad shot.
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