1. Sports. (in track events) the starting line.
  2. Billiards.
    1. a straight line drawn across the table behind which the cue balls are placed in beginning a game.
    2. any of four lines, each near to and parallel with one side of the cushion, that divide the table into a large central panel or section and eight smaller sections or balks lying between these.
    3. a balk lying inside one of these sections.
    4. balk(def 11).

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