Meaning of 'balk' (Webster Dictionary)
- A ridge of land left unplowed between furrows, or at the
end of a field; a piece missed by the plow slipping aside.
- A great beam, rafter, or timber; esp., the tie-beam of a
house. The loft above was called "the balks."
- One of the beams connecting the successive supports of a
trestle bridge or bateau bridge.
- A hindrance or disappointment; a check.
- A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.
- A deceptive gesture of the pitcher, as if to deliver the
- To engage in contradiction; to be in opposition.
- To stop abruptly and stand still obstinately; to jib; to
stop short; to swerve; as, the horse balks.
- To indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore,
the direction taken by the shoals of herring. - To leave or make balks in.
- To leave heaped up; to heap up in piles.
- To omit, miss, or overlook by chance.
- To miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to
let go by; to shirk.
- To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to
/hwart; as, to balk expectation.