Meaning of balk line in English:

balk line


  • A transverse line marked on a billiard table, extending the diameter of the D to the sides of the table.

    ‘The match was played under professional rules, which means that the white ball has to cross the baulk line every 100 points, and that makes it much more difficult to build breaks.’
    • ‘Balls one to nine are racked up in a diamond with the nine ball in the middle and the one ball nearest the baulk line.’
    • ‘As far as I know, no one writing about snooker has used the baulk line before as a guide to straight cueing.’
    • ‘The cue ball is played from any point on or behind the baulk line by the breaking player.’
    • ‘Balls in a trough or behind the baulk line waiting to be played are referred to as being ‘in baulk’.’