1. A sharp-pointed piece of iron or steel projecting downward on the shoe of a horse or an ox, to prevent
the animal from slipping; called also calker, calkin.
2. An instrument with sharp points, worn on the sole of a shoe or boot, to prevent slipping.
(Calk) v. i.
1. To furnish with calks, to prevent slipping on ice; as, to calk the shoes of a horse or an ox.
2. To wound with a calk; as when a horse injures a leg or a foot with a calk on one of the other feet.
1. One who calks.
2. A calk on a shoe. See Calk, n., 1.
(Calk"in) n. A calk on a shoe. See Calk, n., 1.
Calking iron, a tool like a chisel, used in calking ships, tightening seams in ironwork, etc.
(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.
Their left hand does the calking iron guide.
(Call) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Called (k&addld); p. pr. & vb. n. Calling] [OE. callen, AS. ceallian; akin
to Icel. & Sw. kalla, Dan. kalde, D. kallen to talk, prate, OHG. kallon to call; cf. Gr. ghry`ein to speak,
sing, Skr. gar to praise. Cf. Garrulous.]
1. To command or request to come or be present; to summon; as, to call a servant.
Call hither Clifford; bid him come amain
2. To summon to the discharge of a particular duty; to designate for an office, or employment, especially
of a religious character; often used of a divine summons; as, to be called to the ministry; sometimes,
to invite; as, to call a minister to be the pastor of a church.
Paul . . . called to be an apostle
Rom. i. 1.
The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
3. To invite or command to meet; to convoke; often with together; as, the President called Congress
together; to appoint and summon; as, to call a meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
Now call we our high court of Parliament.
4. To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specifed name.
If you would but call me Rosalind.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
Gen. i. 5.
5. To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate.
What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
Acts x. 15.