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balk

, baulk
1. a roughly squared heavy timber beam
2. a timber tie beam of a roof
3. Baseball an illegal motion by a pitcher towards the plate or towards the base when there are runners on base, esp without delivering the ball
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

balk

[bȯk]
(building construction)
A squared timber used in building construction.
(civil engineering)
A low ridge of earth that marks a boundary line.
(mining engineering)
A sudden thinning out, for a certain distance, of a bed of coal.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

balk, baulk

1. A squared timber used in building construction.
2. A low ridge of earth that marks a boundary line.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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As painful as the balk call was for the Sammies, it was set up by three infield errors.
If on arrival customer finds the system busy, the arriving customer either decides to join the queue or balk. Let [b.sub.n] represent the probability, when the system size is n with which the customer decides to join the queue in order to be served or balk with probability 1 - [b.sub.n], when there are n customers in the system upon arrival (n = 0, 1,..., N - 1), where the capacity of the system is finite N.
The credo uniting Balk's disparate output appeared on a piece of laminated paper embedded within Photo Magnetic Receiver, installation component, 2009, a rambling, collagelike installation made from found and fabricated elements: "Material objects have a dual physicality; half is available to visual perception and the other, its complement, falls just beyond our current configuration of perceptual capabilities.
How can I tell when those boats are just looky lou, or if they have evil intent?" Balk asked the industry conference.
Caption: BALK CALLED: The Los Angeles Dodgers sued insurer Ace American last month, alleging the firm balked at paying more than $9 million under a disability policy the club has on right-handed pitcher Jason Schmidt.
"She makes me do pike I do the wrong dive or balk, but that is fair.
Middle school students also seek reassurance (Balk, 1995), and providing positive feedback on student contributions encourages further communication (Charney, 2002; Myrick, 2003).
However, the practical reality is that judges who balk at Supreme Court activism from the bench are rarely--if ever--nominated to the high court.
Fortunately, only two of the rest have veered so far from the ways which originally won my respect that I would balk at financing their progress toward Psalm 106: 38.
Women who want to learn exercises which shape up without bulking the body, but who balk at descriptions, now have Strength Training For Women: Tone Up, Burn Calories, Stay Strong by Joan Pagano.
"Will artists and companies balk at the liability of having to describe their work in terms more suited to consumable goods than to aesthetic intent and experience?
They balk at the idea that God continues to be present in the Catholic Church in the same manner when their own sense of decorum has been jostled.