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, 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


A strip of earth left in place between the trenches of an archeological dig to permit study of the stratigraphy of the area as long as possible.

balk, baulk

1. A squared timber used in building construction.
2. A low ridge of earth that marks a boundary line.


i. An aborted landing resulting from something happening on the final stages of the approach, such as an obstruction on the runway.
ii. To obstruct landing of an approaching aircraft, forcing it to overshoot.
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As soon as Ruiz caught the pitch, "time" should have been called and the balk rule should have been invoked.
Bard was hit with another balk, allowing Moustakas to reach third, and the mistake proved critical when Getz's single tied the game.
I know it exists because on a visit to that region many moons ago we came across a sign with Oaky Balks written on it and we weren't sure whether it was a historical fact or a place name.
Balk talk: There was no rule change or directive from the California League to be stricter in enforcing balk rules.