Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make watertight or airtight by filling or sealing.
  • intransitive verb Nautical To make (a boat) watertight by packing seams with a waterproof material, such as oakum or pitch.
  • intransitive verb To apply caulking.
  • noun Caulking.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • See calk.

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

  • noun See calk.
  • noun a viscous semisolid material of varying composition used to fill in seams of objects which are exposed to water, such as wooden ships or bath tiles; -- called also calk and caulking. After applying in a semisolid form, the material hardens and dries to form a waterproof seal. It is used in the process of caulking. It is sometimes applied together with a rope-like cord to fill larger seams.
  • transitive verb See calk, v..
  • transitive verb to fill in the seams or cracks of, with a waterproof material such as caulk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun caulking
  • noun a composition of vehicle and pigment used at ambient temperatures for filling/sealing joints or junctures, that remains elastic for an extended period of time after application.
  • verb nautical To drive oakum into the seams of a ship's wooden deck or hull to make it watertight
  • verb To apply caulking to joints, cracks, or a juncture of different materials.

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

  • noun a waterproof filler and sealant that is used in building and repair to make watertight
  • verb seal with caulking

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English cauken, to press, from Old North French cauquer, from Latin calcāre, to tread, from calx, heel.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old Northern French cauquer, from Late Latin calicare

Examples

  • During the day, there are no bars or clubs for the bitch brigade to get thrown out of, so much of last night's season 3 premiere focused on the conflict and "caulk" - friendly resolution of Amber #2's producer-encouraged "decision" to smash a window.

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  • During the day, there are no bars or clubs for the bitch brigade to get thrown out of, so much of last night's season 3 premiere focused on the conflict and "caulk" - friendly resolution of Amber #2's producer-encouraged "decision" to smash a window.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • During the day, there are no bars or clubs for the bitch brigade to get thrown out of, so much of last night's season 3 premiere focused on the conflict and "caulk" - friendly resolution of Amber #2's producer-encouraged "decision" to smash a window.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • During the day, there are no bars or clubs for the bitch brigade to get thrown out of, so much of last night's season 3 premiere focused on the conflict and "caulk" - friendly resolution of Amber #2's producer-encouraged "decision" to smash a window.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • During the day, there are no bars or clubs for the bitch brigade to get thrown out of, so much of last night's season 3 premiere focused on the conflict and "caulk" - friendly resolution of Amber #2's producer-encouraged "decision" to smash a window.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • During the day, there are no bars or clubs for the bitch brigade to get thrown out of, so much of last night's season 3 premiere focused on the conflict and "caulk" - friendly resolution of Amber #2's producer-encouraged "decision" to smash a window.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • During the day, there are no bars or clubs for the bitch brigade to get thrown out of, so much of last night's season 3 premiere focused on the conflict and "caulk" - friendly resolution of Amber #2's producer-encouraged "decision" to smash a window.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • During the day, there are no bars or clubs for the bitch brigade to get thrown out of, so much of last night's season 3 premiere focused on the conflict and "caulk" - friendly resolution of Amber #2's producer-encouraged "decision" to smash a window.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • During the day, there are no bars or clubs for the bitch brigade to get thrown out of, so much of last night's season 3 premiere focused on the conflict and "caulk" - friendly resolution of Amber #2's producer-encouraged "decision" to smash a window.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • During the day, there are no bars or clubs for the bitch brigade to get thrown out of, so much of last night's season 3 premiere focused on the conflict and "caulk" - friendly resolution of Amber #2's producer-encouraged "decision" to smash a window.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

Comments

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  • Retiree visiting the office: I was working on the windows and running around the yard with my caulk in my hand, and I have this neighbor, Dave, who was standing in the bushes, and I didn't see him. But Dave scared me and there was caulk everywhere -- caulk all over the windows and caulk on my hands. No, I'm serious, there were inches of it coming out! You guys aren't even listening to me! I didn't know what to do about all of the caulk on my hands but I called the 800 number on the side of it and the guy said that friction could get it off.

    December 5, 2006

  • Boss #1: We have a caulk issue.

    Boss #2: Is it big?

    Boss #3: Very.

    Employee passerby: I know all about caulk -- it's very sticky.

    February 1, 2007