What does caulk mean?

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, caulk is a material or substance used for filling in the gaps around the edge of something.

Another definition “is a material used to seal joints or seams against leakage in various structures and piping”

Examples of where a caulk may be used includes a bathroom and a kitchen

It is the waterproof sealant that can be bought in any DIY store that seals the gaps round the edge of the bath or where a backsplash meets a countertop in the kitchen

According to the Oxford English Dictionary the word first appeared in the 14th century meaning "to stop up crevices or cracks”

The oldest form of caulk consists of materials driven between the seams on wooden boats and ships

Traditional caulking materials used fibres of cotton and oakum and were administered with a caulking mallet and a caulking iron

In modern terms, caulking is usually used in the building trade and provides thermal insulation, controls water penetration and reduces noise transmission.

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