balked; balking; balks
Definition of balk
(Entry 1 of 2)
1 : to refuse abruptly —used with at Congress balked at putting up the money— Thomas Fleming
2 : to stop short and refuse to proceed The horse balked at the jump and threw the rider.
3 sports : to commit a balk (see balk entry 2 sense 1)
Definition of balk (Entry 2 of 2)
1a baseball : an occurrence in which a pitcher stops suddenly or makes an illegal movement after starting to throw a pitch The pitcher was charged with a balk.
b sports : failure of a competitor to complete a motion (such as a jump, vault, or dive)
a : the space behind the balkline on a billiard table
b : any of the outside divisions made by the balklines
5 : a ridge of land left unplowed as a dividing line or through carelessness
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