Definition of caulk in US English:

caulk

(also caulking, calk)

noun

  • A waterproof filler and sealant, used in building work and repairs.

    • ‘In a corner, run a bead of latex caulk down, smoothing it in with your finger.’
    • ‘A. One-hundred percent silicone caulk or sealant will not take paint of any sort.’
    • ‘The caulk is usually heavily loaded with filler and relies on either linseed or soybean oil as its binder.’
    • ‘The caulk and caulking gun that my mom bought me five years ago have finally come in handy.’
    • ‘Seal the base of the toilet bowl with plumber's putty or silicone caulk.’
    • ‘Clean away all old caulk and loose paint with a wire brush or rag.’
    • ‘Seal joints between the wall and your new tub with silicone caulk as protection against water seepage.’
    • ‘It is never good practice to apply caulk in very cold or very hot weather.’
    • ‘If you plan to reuse the sink, set it down on an old towel to protect the porcelain while you remove the old caulk with the putty knife and clean it up.’
    • ‘Seal this joint with acrylic latex exterior caulk and check it every year.’
    • ‘On the interior, apply caulk around your window and door glass and trim.’
    • ‘Next, drive a screw into the nozzle end of the hardened caulk and use the screw to pull the hardened caulk out of the nozzle.’
    • ‘And just as caulk is the first and best way to conserve heat, stopping leaks and drips is the first way to save water.’
    • ‘If small holes are found, you can repair them with caulk or polyethylene or foil tape.’
    • ‘Applying and maintaining silicone caulk around window and door openings also plays a vital role in keeping moisture out.’
    • ‘You will then want to make sure that the grout or caulk around the sink is also clean.’
    • ‘If the seal has failed, carefully scrape out the old caulk and loose paint.’
    • ‘Apply the caulk to the tub edges and smooth it with your finger.’
    • ‘Remove any excess caulk or plumber's putty and reinstall the cabinet doors to complete the project.’
    • ‘They will eat almost anything, including caulk and adhesives, but they particularly like greasy materials.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Seal (a gap or seam) with a waterproof filler and sealant.

    • ‘Weatherstrip and caulk around windows, and seal all cracks and crevices.’
    • ‘This must be carefully and completely caulked to seal it against energy loss.’
    • ‘If your home has a stucco exterior, caulk any cracks.’
    • ‘Check the roof vents and access hatch, and caulk any cracks where flashing meets the roof line.’
    • ‘In the bathroom: Shower doors should be caulked and sealed properly to prevent leaking.’
    • ‘Be sure there is a tightly caulked seal around the edge of the storm windows.’
    • ‘Then something banged against the inside wall where Dennis was caulking.’
    • ‘Seal the finishing material well with tile grout, and caulk all the joints to prevent water damage.’
    • ‘The seams were caulked with tow, which I procured from untwisted ropes.’
    • ‘Seal the cracks with caulking and then apply a good coat or two of paint.’
    • ‘The joints should be caulked to prevent leaks, and the hangers should be secure to the fascia.’
    • ‘At Brooker Creek Elementary School, plant operators were caulking the seams left when aluminum awnings over the doors were ripped away from several portable classrooms.’
    • ‘Walk around the outside of your home or apartment, and slowly examine the windows, doors, siding, water faucets and any other through-the-wall openings. Any such cracks or openings should be caulked and sealed.’
    • ‘We suggest you also caulk around each hole to prevent water from creeping in and rotting the siding.’
    • ‘I cleaned rooms, laundered bedding, caulked around storm windows, shoveled snow, and rented rooms to travelers and lovers.’
    • ‘Let's face it, if you want to get those energy bills down this winter, you may need to do more than just caulk and weather strip.’
    • ‘Even if you think the crack is too small, caulk it anyway.’
    • ‘You should plug and caulk holes or penetrations for faucets, pipes, electric outlets, and wiring.’
    • ‘So they fastened boards on either side of the banister and caulked and painted to fill in.’
    • ‘‘We had seen impressions of these vertical wooden planks in Roman concrete, and wondered if the cracks between planks had to be caulked to prevent concrete leakage,’ he said.’
    block up, bung up, stop, stop up, plug, seal, close, clog, clog up, choke, obstruct, occlude, dam up
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    1. 1.1 Stop up (the seams of a boat) with oakum and waterproofing material, or by driving plate-junctions together; make (a boat) watertight by this method.
      • ‘By the beginning of December Challenger was newly rigged, freshly caulked and painted, and fitted with a new deck house for the comfort of the Scientifics.’
      • ‘Within two minutes of ordering appetizers, our party was inundated with marshmallow-size gnocchi and enough gooey risottos to caulk a ship.’
      • ‘Eventually, the museum will caulk and paint Surprise to make her seaworthy.’
      • ‘The obscure gray water is dotted with fishing boats, which brush the calm surface, each caulked with a paste of alchemical silvers.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘copulate’, used of birds): from Old Northern French cauquer, caukier, variant of cauchier ‘tread, press with force’, from Latin calcare ‘tread’, from calx, calc- ‘heel’.

Pronunciation

caulk

/kôk//kɔk/