Cox won't ride him because he baulks, and so he has come into my stable.
Then upon the latter are laid "baulks" and upon them the flooring as usual.
The pairs of rafts are joined by three baulks 15 ft. long laid in parallel grooves in the framing.
A tackle hooked to one of the baulks of timber forming the staith was being hauled at by five women and two men!
For a single instant the stockade became outlined, and Dick thought he saw heads peeping up above the baulks of timber.
The hole was soon dug and the anchor deposited therein, planks and baulks of timber being laid upon it as before.
The party wall had already been removed, and the structure above rested on baulks and beams.
So these "baulks" are made like planks, very oblong if looked at endwise, also thinner at the ends than in the middle.
Before leaving the hut we jammed the window up with baulks of timber, to the best of our ability, in the storm and darkness.
The marks of teeth and claws on some of the baulks of the palisade showed us that the visitor had climbed over.
Old English balca "ridge, bank," from or influenced by Old Norse balkr "ridge of land," especially between two plowed furrows, both from Proto-Germanic *balkan-, *belkan- (cf. Old Saxon balko, Danish bjelke, Old Frisian balka, Old High German balcho, German Balken "beam, rafter"), from PIE *bhelg- "beam, plank" (cf. Latin fulcire "to prop up, support," fulcrum "bedpost;" Lithuanian balziena "cross-bar;" and possibly Greek phalanx "trunk, log, line of battle"). Modern senses are figurative, representing the balk as a hindrance or obstruction (see balk (v.)). Baseball sense is first attested 1845.
late 14c., "to leave an unplowed ridge when plowing," from balk (n.). Extended meaning "to omit, intentionally neglect" is mid-15c. Most modern senses are figurative, from the notion of a balk in the fields as a hindrance or obstruction: sense of "stop short" (as a horse confronted with an obstacle) is late 15c.; that of "to refuse" is 1580s. Related: Balked; balking.