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calk1

[kawk] /kɔk/
verb (used with object), noun
1.

calk2

[kawk] /kɔk/
noun
1.
Also, calkin. a projection on a horseshoe to prevent slipping on ice, pavement, etc.
2.
Also, calker. a similar device on the heel or sole of a shoe to prevent slipping.
verb (used with object)
3.
to provide with calks.
4.
to injure with a calk.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; perhaps a back formation from calkin, taken as a verb calk + -in present participle suffix (Middle English -inde), confused with -ing2
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Examples from the web for calk
  • In former times, when vessels were often careened for repairs, it was difficult to calk and pay this seam before the tide turned.
  • calk soled boots are acceptable when they are required for the employee's job.
British Dictionary definitions for calk

calk1

/kɔːk/
verb
1.
a variant spelling of caulk

calk2

/kɔːk/
noun
1.
a metal projection on a horse's shoe to prevent slipping
2.
(mainly US & Canadian) a set of spikes or a spiked plate attached to the sole of a boot, esp by loggers, to prevent slipping
verb (transitive)
3.
to provide with calks
4.
to wound with a calk
Word Origin
C17: from Latin calx heel

calk3

/kɔːk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to transfer (a design) by tracing it with a blunt point from one sheet backed with loosely fixed colouring matter onto another placed underneath
Word Origin
C17: from French calquer to trace; see calque

caulk

/kɔːk/
verb
1.
to stop up (cracks, crevices, etc) with a filler
2.
(nautical) to pack (the seams) between the planks of the bottom of (a vessel) with waterproof material to prevent leakage
Derived Forms
caulker, calker, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old Northern French cauquer to press down, from Latin calcāre to trample, from calx heel
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