balkline

balkline

[bawk-lahyn]
noun
1.
Sports. (in track events) the starting line.
2.
Billiards.
a.
a straight line drawn across the table behind which the cue balls are placed in beginning a game.
b.
any of four lines, each near to and parallel with one side of the cushion, that divide the table into a large central panel or section and eight smaller sections or balks lying between these.
c.
a balk lying inside one of these sections.
d.
balk ( def 11 ).

Origin:
1830–40; balk + line1

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To balkline
WordNet
balkline

noun
line across a billiard table behind which the cue balls are placed at the start of a game 
WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.
Cite This Source
Related Searches
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature