caulk

verb
\ ˈkȯk \
variants: or
caulked or calked; caulking or calking; caulks or calks

Definition of caulk 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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)

caulk

noun (1)
variants: or calk or less commonly caulking or calking \ˈkȯ-kiŋ \

Definition of caulk (Entry 2 of 3)

: material used to caulk

caulk

noun (2)

variant spelling of , calk entry 3

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

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Other words from caulk

Verb

caulker noun

Examples of caulk in a Sentence

Verb

He carefully caulked the area around the windows.

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Sweet-smelling resin, which could have been used for incense or for caulking ships, was also found. James Rogers, Fox News, "Shipwreck mystery solved thanks to 800-year-old 'Made in China' label," 16 May 2018 Also, caulking was insufficient to hold back water in certain areas, according to the report. Mary Shanklin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF stadium has failing areas, report shows; some fixed, school says," 13 Oct. 2017 Talk about a pain in the ass – caulking windows is boring. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Dale Jr. and Amy Earnhardt's home improvement series is finally going to be on TV," 25 Apr. 2018 The art panels affixed to the concrete-along with metal roofs and end panels-were seamlessly sealed, caulked, and screwed into place. Jeff Huebner, Chicago Reader, "What ever happened to the King Memorial Mural at 43rd and Langley?," 24 Apr. 2018 Plan Ahead: Don't start caulking at a random corner or end point. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Caulk Your Bathtub," 20 Feb. 2018 If the nest is inside walls or inaccessible, cut off the paths ants follow by caulking cracks and crevices. Philly.com, "The annual home pest invasion is coming; here are tips to do it yourself or hire an exterminator," 28 Mar. 2018 For an enclosed tub, start caulking at one corner and then reverse the bead at the far end. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Caulk Your Bathtub," 20 Feb. 2018 Check caulking around doors and windows, and fill holes and gaps where wiring and pipes enter the house. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Entergy customers asked to reduce power use Thursday morning to avoid outages," 18 Jan. 2018

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The caulking gun: Another culprit that leads to plenty of bad caulking jobs is the $1.99 caulk gun. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Caulk Your Bathtub," 20 Feb. 2018 Apply grout sealer, and reapply waterproof silicone caulk, if needed. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Grout Tile," 11 Feb. 2015 First of all: Grout is the mortar that fills the gaps between tile; caulk is the waterproof sealant used to seal gaps or seams around tubs, sinks, and toilets, especially in the shower or around the tub. Jolie Kerr, SELF, "How to Clean Your Bathroom In 10 Minutes," 19 Apr. 2018 That struck me as a particularly cruel, particularly hetero thing to say to clumsy me, someone who only thinks of caulk when making a bad pun. Daniel Rafinejad, Longreads, "A Remarkable Child," 9 May 2018 An afternoon spent with a clipboard and a flashlight—followed by a few hours setting things right with caulk, shingles, and a drill—can save big headaches down the road. Jim Gorman, Popular Mechanics, "The DIY Home Inspection Checklist," 30 Mar. 2015 Acrylamide, which is also made during some industrial production processes, is also found in non-food sources such as cigarette smoke, caulk, food packaging and some adhesives, the ACS says. Time, "California Coffee Shops Will Warn Customers About This Possibly Cancer-Causing Chemical. Here's What to Know About It," 30 Mar. 2018 Inside, caulk can come loose away around bathtubs, sinks, or backsplashes. Brett Martin, Popular Mechanics, "8 Home Repairs You Should Never Put Off," 12 Sep. 2017 Check your home for air leaks, and fill gaps and cracks with caulk or insulation. Kate Vaught-thompson, Cincinnati.com, "Ways to save on winter heating costs," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of caulk

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caulk

Verb

Middle English caulken, from Anglo-French cauker, calcher, chalcher to trample, from Latin calcare, from calc-, calx heel

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The first known use of caulk was in the 15th century

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caulk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of caulk

: to fill the cracks or holes in (something) with a substance that keeps out water

caulk

verb
\ ˈkȯk \
caulked; caulking

Kids Definition of caulk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fill up a crack, seam, or joint so as to make it watertight

caulk

noun
variants: also caulking \ˈkȯ-kiŋ \

Kids Definition of caulk (Entry 2 of 2)

: material used to fill up a crack, seam, or joint so as to make it watertight

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