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  • v. Present participle of calk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of making seems tight, as in ships, or of furnishing with calks, as a shoe, or copying, as a drawing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The operation of filling the seams of vessels with oakum, to prevent penetration of water. The oakum is forced below the surface, and the space outside of it is filled with melted pitch.
  • n. In carpentry, a dovetail tenon-and-mortise joint by which cross-timbers are secured together, much used for fixing the tie-beams of a roof, or the binding-joists of a floor, down to the wall-plates.
  • n. The copying of a picture or design by means of tracing.


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  • Men worked frantically, early and late, at the height of their endurance, calking, nailing, and pitching in a frenzy of haste for which adequate explanation was not far to seek.


  • There was that matter of the deck-calking, the bronze rudder-irons, the overhauling of the engine, the new spinnaker boom, the new davits, and the repairs to the whale-boat.

    Bunches of Knuckles

  • The carpenter was engaged constantly in attempting to locate such places, and, when he succeeded, in calking them tighter and tighter.


  • Twenty feet away a weary-faced sailor was calking the deck.


  • They're like leaky boats -- calking, patching, pumping, night and day and all the time.


  • Use a calking gun to fill up holes in your home to keep cockroaches from coming in, and keep moisture to a minimum.

    CNN Transcript Mar 10, 2007

  • And these few days it was necessary to employ in planking and carefully calking the vessel, and launching her.

    The Mysterious Island

  • For calking the seams they made oakum of dry seaweed, which was hammered in between the planks; then these seams were covered with boiling tar, which was obtained in great abundance from the pines in the forest.

    The Mysterious Island

  • Twenty men in mismatched helmets and breastplates were taking their ease, tossing dice, sitting against the wall, calking and laughing as if there were no dead men beyond the room's two iron-strapped doors.

    Knife of Dreams

  • It is more than tackle and blocks, beams and planks, canvas and calking.

    Renegades Of Gor


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