Definition of balkline in English:


(also balk line)


  • A line on a billiard table marking off an area in which play is restricted.

    • ‘More difficult are cushion caroms and balkline, in which restrictions are imposed by lines drawn on the table.’
    • ‘Without balklines they cunningly collect the three balls near a cushion and ‘nurse’ them endlessly… click click… click click… scoring indefinitely.’
    • ‘Eli took me under his wing and showed me a lot of basic concepts and finer points of making gathers in straight rail and balkline carom billiards.’
    • ‘Also, I've put the red, blue, green and black lines in the approximate location of 14’ balklines.’
    • ‘Except for the center rectangle, each rectangle formed by the balklines is a ‘balk area.’’