calk

verb (1)

variant spelling of

transitive verb

: to stop up and make tight against leakage (something, such as a boat or its seams, the cracks in a window frame, or the joints of a pipe)

calk

noun
\ˈkȯk \
variants: or

Definition of calk (Entry 2 of 3)

: a cleat on the shoe of a horse to prevent slipping also : a similar device worn on the sole of a shoe

calk

verb (2)
variants: or caulk
calked or caulked; calking or caulking; calks or caulks

Definition of calk (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with calks

2 : to wound with a calk

Examples of calk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the inside, use weatherstripping provided by the manufacturer; on the outside, use calk around the perimeter to ensure a good seal. Brian Resnick, Popular Mechanics, "How to Install a Window Air-Conditioner Unit," 13 Aug. 2010

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First Known Use of calk

Noun

1587, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for calk

Noun

probably alteration of calkin, from Middle English kakun, from Middle Dutch or Middle French dialect; Middle Dutch calcoen horse's hoof, from Middle French dialect (Walloon) calcain heel, from Latin calcaneum, from calc-, calx heel

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