Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun balk

4 senses of balk

Sense 1
balk, baulk -- (the area on a billiard table behind the balkline; "a player with ball in hand must play from the balk")
       => area, expanse, surface area -- (the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary; "the area of a rectangle"; "it was about 500 square feet in area")

Sense 2
hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap -- (something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress)
       => difficulty -- (a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent")

Sense 3
rafter, balk, baulk -- (one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof)
       => beam -- (long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction)

Sense 4
balk -- (an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base)
       => pitch, delivery -- ((baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb balk

1 sense of balk

Sense 1
resist, balk, baulk, jib -- (refuse to comply)
       => disobey -- (refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient; "He disobeyed his supervisor and was fired")

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