- to provide with calks.
- to injure with a calk.
Origin of calk2
- to fill or close seams or crevices of (a tank, window, etc.) in order to make watertight, airtight, etc.
- to make (a vessel) watertight by filling the seams between the planks with oakum or other material driven snug.
- to fill or close (a seam, joint, etc.), as in a boat.
- to drive the edges of (plating) together to prevent leakage.
- Also caulk·ing [kaw-king] /ˈkɔ kɪŋ/. a material or substance used for caulking.
Origin of caulk
Examples from the Web for calk
Then it was decided to take part of the cargo out and calk her topsides.Youth
The calk of the iron shoe was left sticking in the barn door.Old Rail Fence Corners
The more I calk up the sources, and the tighter I get, the more I leak wisdom.Roughing It
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I can calk the seams with some of our clothes, and part of the sail cloth.
We need that in our boat—if it ever gets calm enough to calk it, declared Abe.
- a variant spelling of caulk
calkin (ˈkɔːkɪn, ˈkæl-)
- a metal projection on a horse's shoe to prevent slipping
- mainly US and Canadian a set of spikes or a spiked plate attached to the sole of a boot, esp by loggers, to prevent slipping
- to provide with calks
- to wound with a calk
- (tr) to transfer (a design) by tracing it with a blunt point from one sheet backed with loosely fixed colouring matter onto another placed underneath
- to stop up (cracks, crevices, etc) with a filler
- nautical to pack (the seams) between the planks of the bottom of (a vessel) with waterproof material to prevent leakage
Word Origin and History for calk
late 14c., "to stop up crevices or cracks," from Old North French cauquer, from Late Latin calicare "to stop up chinks with lime," from Latin calx (2) "lime, limestone" (see chalk). Original sense is nautical, of making ships watertight. Related: Caulked; caulking. As a noun, "caulking material," by 1980 (caulking in this sense was used from 1743). Related: Caulker.