[ kawk ]
/ kɔk /
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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.
Also caulk·ing [kaw-king]. /ˈkɔ kɪŋ/. a material or substance used for caulking.
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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
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How to use caulk in a sentence
The boat is built entirely without caulking, with not a single butt in deck or hull.Yachting Vol. 2|Various.
If a short bend fitting is used, the matter of caulking is difficult.
This fitting is threaded on one end and has a socket on the other to allow for caulking.
I could see no connection between ant-heaps in a wood on shore and the caulking of a leaky schooner.Dry Fish and Wet|Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
Her decks had been scrubbed until the caulking in the seams looked like lines of black paint on old ivory.Isle o' Dreams|Frederick F. Moore
British Dictionary definitions for caulk
/ (kɔːk) /
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 caulkcaulker 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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