Definition of Baulk

1. Noun. The area on a billiard table behind the balkline. "A player with ball in hand must play from the balk"

Exact synonyms: Balk
Group relationships: Billiard Table, Pool Table, Snooker Table
Generic synonyms: Area, Expanse, Surface Area

2. Verb. Refuse to comply. "They baulk moving "
Exact synonyms: Balk, Jib, Resist
Generic synonyms: Disobey
Derivative terms: Balker, Baulker, Resistance, Resistant, Resister, Resister, Resistive

3. Noun. Something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress.

4. Noun. One of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof.
Exact synonyms: Balk, Rafter
Generic synonyms: Beam
Derivative terms: Rafter

Definition of Baulk

1. Noun. (British) (alternative spelling of balk) ¹

2. Noun. (U.K.) In billiards, the area of the table lying behind the line from which the cue ball is initially shot, and from which a ball in hand must be played. ¹

3. Verb. (British) (alternative spelling of balk) ¹

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Definition of Baulk

1. to balk [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: balk

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Literary usage of Baulk

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1. Foster's Complete Hoyle: An Encyclopedia of All the Indoor Games Played at by Robert Frederick Foster (1897)
"In the second position, the red ball is barely baulk-LINE BILLIARDS. Professionals became so skilful in rail nursing that the baulk-line was introduced to ..."

2. Aide-mémoire to the Military Sciences: Framed from Contributions of Officers by Great Britain Army. Royal Engineers (1853)
"1 and 2, Plate IV., represent a baulk of the above-named dimensions, with eight holes bored 1} inch deep and J inch diameter, at the distances specified, ..."

3. The Law Relating to the Salmon Fisheries of England and Wales, as Amended by by John William Willis Bund (1873)
"The second, or middle baulk, was 400 yards long, and about 500 yards distant from the ... The third, or higher middle baulk, was generally about a mile and ..."

4. Guy Fawkes; or, The gunpowder treason by William Harrison Ainsworth (1850)
"Let me go, I say, or I will dash out my brains against these flinty walls, and baulk you of your prey." But his struggles were in vain. They held him fast, ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"In this game the baulk is no protection; that is to say, the player can pocket any ball wherever it lies, cither within or without the baulk line, ..."

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