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calking


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Calk  \Calk\  (k[add]k),  v.  t.  [imp.  &p.  p.  {Calked};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Calking}.]  [Either  corrupted  fr  F.  calfater  (cf.  Pg 
  calafetar  Sp  calafetear),  fr  Ar  qalafa  to  fill  up 
  crevices  with  the  fibers  of  palm  tree  or  moss;  or  fr  OE 
  cauken  to  tred,  through  the  French  fr  L.  calcare,  fr  calx 
  heel.  Cf  {Calk}  to  copy,  Inculcate.] 
  1.  To  drive  tarred  oakum  into  the  seams  between  the  planks  of 
  (a  ship,  boat,  etc.),  to  prevent  leaking.  The  calking  is 
  completed  by  smearing  the  seams  with  melted  pitch. 
 
  2.  To  make  an  indentation  in  the  edge  of  a  metal  plate,  as 
  along  a  seam  in  a  steam  boiler  or  an  iron  ship,  to  force 
  the  edge  of  the  upper  plate  hard  against  the  lower  and  so 
  fill  the  crevice. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Calking  \Calk"ing\,  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. 
 
  {Calking  iron},  a  tool  like  a  chisel,  used  in  calking  ships, 
  tightening  seams  in  ironwork,  etc 
 
  Their  left  hand  does  the  calking  iron  guide. 
  --Dryden. 




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