from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who caulks various structures (as ships) and certain types of piping
- n. A tool used for caulking ships; a caulking iron
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See calker.
- n. See cauker.
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I don't think at all that the nautical terms are a hindrance - you just made me realise that I read the entire novel without having a clue what a 'caulker' is!
“It is,” the caulker said and spat once more and invoked more luck and joined the gang.
The caulker spat and made a sign invoking luck, Those two women, Helenais and Lemaxis.
Something stirred, the memory of the two women off-loading and the words of the caulker and his own reaction.
Phrynus stopped the caulker, “I thought there was treasure.”
This last thing must've been written by some '' spoiled '' native speaker, because although I still haven't got a slightest idea who a caulker could be (or more specifically, what his job is), I understood well enough that he has some kind of a professional function on the ship and I'm completely satisfied with that.
(In fact, a 90 percent windfall profit tax on the bailout-created profits of the 19 largest banks would be the ideal way to promote a robust caulker jobs program.)
Then James Brown and Francis Dunn — Erebus's caulker and caulker's mate — joined the group.
After the caulker mate's near mutiny, Captain Crozier was sick of sodomites.
Goodsir realized that he was holding Henry Foster Collins, the second master whom Fitzjames earlier had ordered to go toward the bow with Brown and Dunn, the caulker and his mate, to secure the forward hatch.