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Meaning of balkline

balk•line

Pronunciation: (bôk'līn"), [key]
— n.
  1. (in track events) the starting line.
    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).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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