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BALK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does balk mean? 

BALK (noun)
  The noun BALK has 4 senses:

1. the area on a billiard table behind the balkline
2. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
3. one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
4. an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base

  Familiarity information: BALK used as a noun is uncommon.


BALK (verb)
  The verb BALK has 1 sense:

1. refuse to comply

  Familiarity information: BALK used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BALK (noun)


Sense 1balk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The area on a billiard table behind the balkline

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

baulk; balk

Context example:

a player with ball in hand must play from the balk

Hypernyms ("balk" is a kind of...):

area; expanse; surface area (the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary)

Holonyms ("balk" is a part of...):

billiard table; pool table; snooker table (game equipment consisting of a heavy table on which pool is played)


Sense 2balk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

impediment; hindrance; hinderance; deterrent; baulk; balk; handicap; check

Hypernyms ("balk" is a kind of...):

difficulty (a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "balk"):

albatross; millstone ((figurative) something that hinders or handicaps)

bind (something that hinders as if with bonds)

diriment impediment ((canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage))

drag (something that slows or delays progress)

obstacle; obstruction (something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted)

straitjacket (anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines)


Sense 3balk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

rafter; balk; baulk

Hypernyms ("balk" is a kind of...):

beam (long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction)


Sense 4balk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An illegal pitching motion while runners are on base

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("balk" is a kind of...):

delivery; pitch ((baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter)


BALK (verb)


Sense 1balk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Refuse to comply

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

balk; baulk; jib; resist

Hypernyms (to "balk" is one way to...):

disobey (refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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