verb (used with object)
to fill or close seams or crevices of (a tank, window, etc.) in order to make watertight, airtight, etc.
to make (a vessel) watertight by filling the seams between the planks with oakum or other material driven snug.
to fill or close (a seam, joint, etc.), as in a boat.
to drive the edges of (plating) together to prevent leakage.
Also, caulking [kaw-king] . a material or substance used for caulking.
Also, calk.

1350–1400; < Latin calcāre to trample, tread on (verbal derivative of calx heel), conflated with Middle English cauken < Old French cauquer to trample < Latin, as above

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caulk or calk (kɔːk)
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
[C15: from Old Northern French cauquer to press down, from Latin calcāre to trample, from calx heel]
calk or calk
[C15: from Old Northern French cauquer to press down, from Latin calcāre to trample, from calx heel]
'caulker or calk
'calker or calk

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.N.Fr. cauquer, from L.L. calicare "to stop up chinks with lime," from L. calx (2) "lime, limestone" (see chalk). Original sense is nautical, of making ships watertight.
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Example sentences
The other way to get old windows weather tight is to caulk them permanently shut on both the inside and the outside.
Silva cautions homeowners to use latex rather than silicone-based caulk, which
  cannot be painted.
Typically, the adhesive comes in tubes similar to caulk tubes.
The purpose of the compound, often called caulking or caulk, is to seal gaps
  and cracks that develop between materials.
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