Definition of Calk

  • (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.
  • (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.

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