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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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Bard (2-4) ended up with a memorable line: He gave up five runs on six hits and four walks while also throwing a wild pitch and getting called for two balks during the same at-bat.
You'll find Balks alongside a Gardens, an Acres and a Mede, and it's not complaining.
The umpiring crew of Rob Krohl and Dan De Haan has called 11 balks in the home stand's first six games; five have been called against Lancaster.
If you're an eager mentor with years of experience and excellent advice, nothing will frustrate you more than a protege who balks at every suggestion.
She notes that ``sensitive men never like me,'' and balks when her boss (Ernie Hudson) gives her an apparent pufall assignment - to venture to a small Northwestern community and find a child who has written a desperate letter to Santa that includes the phrase, ``I'm ready to leave this world and I know how to do it'' (which is sort of how one might feel after sitting through too many ``inspirational'' holiday films).