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Definition of: CALK
- (n.) A sharp-pointed piece of iron or steel projecting downward on the shoe of a horse or an ox, to prevent the animal from slipping; -- called also calker, calkin.
- (n.) An instrument with sharp points, worn on the sole of a shoe or boot, to prevent slipping.
- (v. i.) To furnish with calks, to prevent slipping on ice; as, to calk the shoes of a horse or an ox.
- (v. i.) To wound with a calk; as when a horse injures a leg or a foot with a calk on one of the other feet.
- (v. t.) To drive tarred oakum into the seams between the planks of (a ship, boat, etc.), to prevent leaking. The calking is completed by smearing the seams with melted pitch.
- (v. t.) To make an indentation in the edge of a metal plate, as along a seam in a steam boiler or an iron ship, to force the edge of the upper plate hard against the lower and so fill the crevice.
- (v. t.) To copy, as a drawing, by rubbing the back of it with red or black chalk, and then passing a blunt style or needle over the lines, so as to leave a tracing on the paper or other thing against which it is laid or held.
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- (n.) Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense.
- (n.) Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food.
- (v. t.) To blame; to find fault with.
- (v. t.) To be without or destitute of; to want; to need.
- (v. i.) To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc.
- (v. i.) To be in want.
- (interj.) Exclamation of regret or surprise.