calk

1
[ kawk ]
/ kɔk /

verb (used with object), noun

Definition for calk (2 of 3)

calk2
[ kawk ]
/ kɔk /

noun

Also calkin. a projection on a horseshoe to prevent slipping on ice, pavement, etc.
Also calker. a similar device on the heel or sole of a shoe to prevent slipping.

verb (used with object)

to provide with calks.
to injure with a calk.

Origin of calk

2
1580–90; perhaps a back formation from calkin, taken as a verb calk + -in present participle suffix (Middle English -inde), confused with -ing2

Definition for calk (3 of 3)

caulk

or calk

[ kawk ]
/ kɔk /

verb (used with object)

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.

noun

Also caulk·ing [kaw-king] /ˈkɔ kɪŋ/. a material or substance used for caulking.

Origin of caulk

1350–1400; < Latin calcāre to trample, tread on (verbal derivative of calx heel), conflated with Middle English cauken < Old French cauquer to trample < Latin, as above

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH caulk

calk caulk
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British Dictionary definitions for calk (1 of 4)

calk1
/ (kɔːk) /

verb

a variant spelling of caulk

British Dictionary definitions for calk (2 of 4)

calk2

calkin (ˈkɔːkɪn, ˈkæl-)

/ (kɔːk) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

to provide with calks
to wound with a calk

Word Origin for calk

C17: from Latin calx heel

British Dictionary definitions for calk (3 of 4)

calk3
/ (kɔːk) /

verb

(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

Word Origin for calk

C17: from French calquer to trace; see calque

British Dictionary definitions for calk (4 of 4)

caulk

calk

/ (kɔːk) /

verb

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

Derived forms of caulk

caulker or calker, noun

Word Origin for caulk

C15: from Old Northern French cauquer to press down, from Latin calcāre to trample, from calx heel
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