- –v.i.1. to stop short and stubbornly refuse to go on: »
My horse balked at the fence.SYNONYM(S): jib, shy.2. to hesitate or stop (at); avoid; not do: »
He balks at every disturbance and never finishes his work.SYNONYM(S): vacillate.3. Baseball. to fail to complete a pitch once started. It is illegal under the rules of baseball for a pitcher to balk.–v.t.1. to prevent from going on; hinder: »
The burglar alarm balked the robber's plans.SYNONYM(S): frustrate, foil, baffle.–n.1. a hindrance, check, or defeat: »
This was a balk to them and put a damp to their new projects (Daniel Defoe).2. a blunder or mistake.3. a ridge between furrows; strip left unplowed.4. a) a large beam or timber, especially one that supports the bottom ends of two opposite rafters; a tie beam. b) any large block or length of timber: »
A half-submerged balk of timber wrecked the canoe.5. a principal horizontal supporting member of a bridge, especially a temporary bridge built for military use.6. Baseball. a failure of a pitcher to complete a pitch he has started; feint.7. Billiards. a) any of eight areas set off from the center area of the table by four lines parallel to the ends and sides. b) that part of a billiard table behind a transverse line at one end from which a player must start play, etc. Also, baulk.╂[Old English balca beam, ridge]–balk´er, noun.–balk´ing|ly, adverb.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.