- (archaeology) the wall of earth at the edge of an excavation
- A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.
- (badminton) motion used to deceive an opponent during a serve
- An uncultivated ridge formed in the open field system, caused by the action of ploughing.
- A hindrance or disappointment; a check.
- (baseball) an illegal motion by the pitcher, intended to deceive a runner
- beam, crossbeam
- (sports) deceptive motion; feint
- To stop, check, block.
- To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to thwart.
"to balk expectation"
- To leave heaped up; to heap up in piles.
- (obsolete) To miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to let go by; to shirk.
- To refuse suddenly.
- To leave or make balks in.
- To omit, miss, or overlook by chance.
- To stop short and refuse to go on.
"The horse balked."
- To engage in contradiction; to be in opposition.
- To indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore, the direction taken by the shoals of herring.
- (archaic) To pass over or by.