verb (used with object)
Origin of caulk
Examples from the Web for caulking
When the ship's labouring forces the caulking out of her seams.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
Hammers without valves are always short of stroke, and are chiefly used in caulking and chipping.Inventors at Work|George Iles
We found them all busily employed, some in caulking the boat, others in splitting a tree to form planks.Peter Trawl|W. H. G. Kingston
Then once more he used the caulking, driving it in all about the place where the skiff had been struck.
The fitting is so short that it is almost impossible to get a caulking iron into the throat.Elements of Plumbing|Samuel Dibble
British Dictionary definitions for caulking
Word Origin for caulk
Word Origin and History for caulking
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.