caulk

verb
\ ˈkȯk How to pronounce caulk (audio) \
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 How to pronounce caulk (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With a garden hose, inspect your bus’s windows for leaks, which happen when the exterior caulk around them ages and dries out or peels away, allowing rainwater to seep in. Will Sutherland, Popular Mechanics, "How to Convert a School Bus to a RV," 4 Dec. 2019 Check on the condition of your mechanicals and make sure your windows and doors are properly caulked. New York Times, "Here Are the House Keys, Now What?," 20 Mar. 2020 It’s time to finally get around to those home improvement projects that may have been piling up, like fixing leaky faucets or caulking cracks around the window. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 50 ways to celebrate 50 years of Earth Day (from your home during the pandemic)," 17 Apr. 2020 And while there are several ways to seal any drafty windows in your home, the best approach requires a two-pronged attack: caulking around the outside of the window and weather stripping the inside. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Winterize Drafty Windows," 13 Sep. 2019 Add caulking around the hearth and check the seal on the flue damper to make it as snug as possible. chicagotribune.com, "Ask Angie’s List: How can I keep warm without using my heater?," 30 Oct. 2019 Also make sure that your basement is properly sealed and caulked. chicagotribune.com, "Ask Angie’s List: How can I keep warm without using my heater?," 30 Oct. 2019 The seams of the body were caulked with tar to prevent leaks while crossing streams. Mary Ann Ashcraft, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Yesteryears: Conestoga wagon an appropriate image for Carroll County seal," 11 Oct. 2019 Weather Stripping After caulking around the outside of the window, move inside and use weather stripping to seal around the sash. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Winterize Drafty Windows," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nothing sticks to old silicon caulk except silicon. Star Tribune, "Minnesota contractor's idea for a caulk substitute filled new gaps," 6 Dec. 2020 The married team behind InstaTrim, conceived as a caulk substitute, is starting to seal success. Star Tribune, "Minnesota contractor's idea for a caulk substitute filled new gaps," 6 Dec. 2020 But the cap will keep opened caulk fresh for far longer than an uncapped tube. Matt Jancer, Wired, "Gear and Tips to Winter-Proof Your Home and Stay Warm," 3 Jan. 2021 Amundson, 60, conceived of InstaTrim because he was frustrated with caulk, which can be lumpy, crooked and messy. Star Tribune, "Minnesota contractor's idea for a caulk substitute filled new gaps," 6 Dec. 2020 If widening the cracks seems too onerous, go with a caulk-type patching material, such as Latex-ite Crack Filler for Asphalt Driveways ($3.98 a tube at Home Depot). Washington Post, "Why is it so expensive to patch an asphalt driveway?," 9 Nov. 2020 To prevent entry indoors, caulk and seal all cracks and crevices that may serve as entries. oregonlive, "Is improper pruning responsible for non-blooming azalea? Ask an expert," 4 Oct. 2020 Start by slicing the layer of paint or caulk where the trim meets the wall. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Bathroom Renovations You Can Tackle Without a Contractor," 13 Sep. 2020 Black silicone caulk is easy to see against the white melamine and can be cleaned up with soapy water. David Agrell And Eric Weil, Popular Mechanics, "Stone Cold Beautiful: How To Build a Concrete Bench," 25 July 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caulk. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for caulk

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 How to pronounce caulk (audio) \
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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