• WordNet 3.6
    • v baulk refuse to comply
    • n baulk one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
    • n baulk something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
    • n baulk the area on a billiard table behind the balkline "a player with ball in hand must play from the balk"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. & v Baulk See Balk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • baulk See balk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Baulk a ridge left unploughed, intentionally or through carelessness:
    • Baulk Same as Balk.
    • n Baulk (obs.) an omission: squared timber: a tie-beam of a house, stretching from wall to wall, esp. when laid so as to form a loft, 'the balks:' (obs.) the beam of a balance: the rope by which fishing-nets are fastened together: a hindrance or disappointment
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. balca, ridge; Old High Ger. balcho.


In literature:

But Evelyn was not to be baulked by a policy of masterly inactivity.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
Then Z. turned and made for home as fast as his baulking engine would allow.
"Great Britain at War" by Jeffery Farnol
You are the only man who has persistently baulked me.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Trade unionists enter a union to resist the exactions of the capitalists, and to baulk attempts on their part to reduce wages.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
They baulked my soul.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Then we had tea, and I thanked him; for if there is one thing in the world of which I will not be baulked it is thanking people.
"Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate" by Charles Turley
Horses are taught the dangerous vice of baulking, or jibbing, as it is called in England, by improper management.
"A New Illustrated Edition of J. S. Rarey's Art of Taming Horses" by J. S. Rarey
They seemed to be baulked at every turn.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
I would not be baulked.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume VI" by Various
Baulked of his prey, a great timber dog sprang forward with determination to vindicate the honour of his kind.
"The Fiery Totem" by Argyll Saxby

In poetry:

"This massacre, this horrid crime,
To baulk this wicked plot!
My parole given!--by Heaven I could--
I Would--regard it not.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
But Love that hath the power to force apart
The bolts and baulk the sentinels of Kings,
Came o'er the sea, and in her April heart
Folded his wings.
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
New Year met me somewhat sad:
Old Year leaves me tired,
Stripped of favourite things I had
Baulked of much desired:
Yet farther on my road to-day
God willing, farther on my way.
"Old And New Year Ditties" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Alas! that the world is winning the game,--
And -- who then is counting the cost?
O speed,-- for fear, for glory, for shame,
Let Satan be baulk'd of his murderous aim, For, the stake is -- a soul to be lost!
"Paradise Lost" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
As some most pure and noble face,
Seen in the thronged and hurrying street,
Sheds o'er the world a sudden grace,
A flying odour sweet,
Then, passing, leaves the cheated sense
Baulked with a phantom excellence;
"The Fugitive Ideal" by William Watson
Then hurl me to crime and brand me with shame,
But think not to baulk me, my spirit to tame,
For I'll fight to the last in old Ireland's name,
Though I be a bushranger,
You still are the stranger,
And I'm Donahue.
"Brave Donahue" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Councillors baulk at the prospect of unleashing wardens in public reserves.

In science:

He considered the redundancy of language as a design challenge rather than a necessary feature; he disapproved of equivocal words and synonyms and baulked at the ine(cid:11)ective design decisions of previous generations of language speakers.
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