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English noun: balk

1. balk (location) the area on a billiard table behind the balkline

SamplesA player with ball in hand must play from the balk.


Broader (hypernym)area, expanse, surface area

Part meronymbilliard table, pool table, snooker table

2. balk (cognition) something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Synonymsbaulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment

Broader (hypernym)difficulty

Narrower (hyponym)albatross, bind, diriment impediment, drag, millstone, obstacle, obstruction, straitjacket

3. balk (artifact) one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

Synonymsbaulk, rafter

Broader (hypernym)beam

4. balk (act) an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base

Broader (hypernym)delivery, pitch

English verb: balk

1. balk (social) refuse to comply

Synonymsbaulk, jib, resist

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)disobey

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