• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Calking The act or process of making seems tight, as in ships, or of furnishing with calks, as a shoe, or copying, as a drawing. "Their left hand does the calking iron guide."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n calking The operation of filling the seams of vessels with oakum, to prevent penetration of water. The oakum is forced below the surface, and the space outside of it is filled with melted pitch.
    • n calking In carpentry, a dovetail tenon-and-mortise joint by which cross-timbers are secured together, much used for fixing the tie-beams of a roof, or the binding-joists of a floor, down to the wall-plates.
    • n calking The copying of a picture or design by means of tracing. Three methods are used: rubbing the back of the design with a pencil, chalk, or crayon, and tracing over its lines with a hard point, which causes the coating on the back to make an impression of them on a sheet of paper or other material placed beneath; following over the lines of the superimposed design in the same way as above, but, instead of coating the back of the design with a painting medium, interposing a piece of prepared transfer-paper between it and the surface which is to receive the copy; tracing the design directly upon a piece of transferent paper, oiled linen, or the like, fixed over it. Also written caulking, cocking, and cogging.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Calking the copying of a picture by means of tracing
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In literature:

A well-calked roof of three courses of 12-inch timbers, separated by 2-inch plank, was then floated over the piles and sunk.
"The New York Subway" by Anonymous
The best way is to use four-inch cast iron pipe, calking all joints with oakum and lead.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
Calking was done with woolen cloth steeped in pitch.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
Some aided Sarnier with his calking of the bateaux; some worked in the fields; some mended or constructed in the different shops.
"Conjuror's House" by Stewart Edward White
The skin is calked with oakum, is it not?
"Great Sea Stories" by Various
All the following day I spent on board, overseeing the hundred minor patchings and calkings a South Sea trader will want in port.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
The boat was launched, calked, and reloaded, and we were off again.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
Every open seam had been calked, and a heavy coat of paint had been put upon it.
"Fighting for the Right" by Oliver Optic
They was still for about five minutes, I calk'late.
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
They, too, have been in demand, and once again there is money to spare for paint and cordage and calking.
"Modern American Prose Selections" by Various
His hat, new the afternoon before, was soiled and pierced by the calk of a horse's shoe.
"Ross Grant Tenderfoot" by John Garland
The calking above the water-line was of moss.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
Both mules had new calks on their shoes, and that would give them better footing in snow.
"The Lost Wagon" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
Seams were being calked, there was painting and oiling going on from day to day.
"A Child of the Sea; and Life Among the Mormons" by Elizabeth Whitney Williams
You don't find my hosses calked or shoulder-galled.
"King Spruce, A Novel" by Holman Day
A few days of pleasant weather were occupied in calking the decks.
"Cruise and Captures of the Alabama" by Albert M. Goodrich
Powell got a man discharged out of the army at Fort Bridger to come and show us how to calk the boats.
"Adventures in the Canyons of the Colorado" by William Wallace Bass
Afterwards I helped to careen the Ships, to refit them, and to calk them.
"The Travels and Adventures of James Massey" by Simon Tyssot de Patot
They had built a canvas-covered stone hut, made wind-proof by having its cracks calked, sailor-fashion, by bunches of long, reddish mosses.
"True Tales of Arctic Heroism in the New World" by Adolphus W. Greely
Common sense and shoeing tools are the only requirements necessary to tack on a plate without calks.
"Farm Mechanics" by Herbert A. Shearer

In news:

He was born on April 14, 1938, in Tioga, Texas, the son of William Claude and Ruby (Moses) Calk .
In addition to the demonstrations, students learned about respect and confidence, which is one of the cornerstones of helping prevent bullying, said David Calk , principal.
ROBERT EUGENE CALK. Wednesday, October 31, 2012.
He was born on April 14, 1938, in Tioga, Texas, the son of William Claude and Ruby (Moses) Calk. On Oct 31, 1959, in Arlington, Texas, he was united to Angeletta Reed, who survives.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the 20-foot-tall, 40-foot-long statue is currently in the backyard of its creator, artist Olin Calk.
LAS CRUCES --Olin Calk's giant roadrunner is in great shape after a $26,500 city-funded removal and reconstruction and is looking for a perch.
The 20-foot-tall, 40-foot-long roadrunner was completed in 1993 as part of a recycling education program designed by Calk and Dan Smith.
LAS CRUCES --Olin Calk's giant roadrunner is in great shape after a $26,500 city-funded removal and reconstruction and is looking for a perch.
When Whitney Calk sought a personalized license plate from a Tennessee state agency to tout her vegetarian ideals, she was annoyed when she was told no.
The 20-foot-tall landmark roadrunner , created out of recycled goods by local artist Olin Calk, needs a new place to call home after recently undergoing a $26,500 facelift.
LAS CRUCES --Olin Calk's giant roadrunner is in great shape after a $26,500 city-funded removal and reconstruction and is looking for a perch .