from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as calk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A calk on a shoe. See calk, n., 1.

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  • noun A calk on a shoe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a metal cleat on the bottom front of a horseshoe to prevent slipping


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  • This suggests at once that a preventive is to be found in substituting a calkin that is low and square.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • More often than not it is met with in the feet of heavy draught animals, and is there caused by the calkin, either when being violently backed or suddenly turned round.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • An injury of the same character may also be sustained in various other ways -- treads from other animals when working in pairs, accidental wounding with the stable-fork, blows of any kind, or a self-inflicted tread with the calkin of an opposite foot -- each with the same result.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • When occurring from the latter, it is seen more often than not in the hind-foot, being there caused by the calkin of the opposite foot.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • Treads, too, especially with the calkin of the hind-shoe, are especially apt to end in this way.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • Or, on the same branch, may be turned up a calkin of sufficient height for the purpose.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • This condition is commonly the result of a severe and jagged tread with the calkin, and takes the form of an ulcerous and excessively granulating wound.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • Among the latter we may mention treads from other animals, and treads inflicted by the animal himself with the calkin of an opposite shoe, or the repeated injury occasioned by the shafts being carelessly allowed to drop on to the foot.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • Among the former I behold the "catalpa," with its silvery bark and trumpet-shaped blossoms; the "Osage orange," with its dark shining leaves; and the red mulberry, with thick shady foliage, and long crimson calkin-like fruits.

    The Quadroon Adventures in the Far West

  • "No, but if you left it stranded there in the wind and sun, green and sappy as it is now, ye'd have every seam and crack startin 'till the ribs shone through, and no amount of calkin' would make it watertight agin.

    A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories


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