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Definitions and Synonyms of balk | Another word for balk | What is balk?

Definition 1: an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base - [noun denoting act]

(balk is a kind of ...) (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter

Definition 2: one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for balk in the sense of this definition

(balk is a kind of ...) long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction

Definition 3: something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for balk in the sense of this definition

(balk is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of balk ) (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps

"she was an albatross around his neck"

(... is a kind of balk ) something that hinders as if with bonds

(... is a kind of balk ) (canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage)

(... is a kind of balk ) something that slows or delays progress

"taxation is a drag on the economy" "too many laws are a drag on the use of new land"

(... is a kind of balk ) something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

"lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement" "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education" "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"

(... is a kind of balk ) anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines

"they defected because Russian dance was in a straitjacket" "the government is operating in an economic straitjacket"

Definition 4: the area on a billiard table behind the balkline - [noun denoting location]

Samples where balk or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a player with ball in hand must play from the balk

Synonyms for balk in the sense of this definition

(balk is a kind of ...) the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary

"the area of a rectangle" "it was about 500 square feet in area"

(... is part of balk) game equipment consisting of a heavy table on which pool is played

Synonyms for balk in the sense of this definition

(balk is a kind of ...) refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient

"He disobeyed his supervisor and was fired"

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