to divide (a country, territory, etc.) into small, quarrelsome, ineffectual states.
(often lowercase) to divide (groups, areas, etc.) into contending and usually ineffectual factions:
a movement to balkanize minority voters.
(transitive) to divide (a territory) into small warring states
to divide (a group or organization) into small factions
1920, first used in reference to the Baltic states, on the model of what had happened in the Balkans; said to have been coined by English editor James Louis Garvin (1868-1947), but A.J. Toynbee (1922) credited it to “German Socialists” describing the results of the treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Either way, the reference is to the political situation in the Balkans c.1878-1913, when the European section of the Ottoman Empire split up into small, warring nations. Balkanized and Balkanization both also are from 1920.
a salt lake in SE Kazakhstan. About 7115 sq. mi. (18,430 sq. km). noun Lake Balkhash, a salt lake in SE Kazakhstan: fed by the Ili River. Area: about 18 000 sq km (7000 sq miles)
Sports. (in track events) the starting line. Billiards. a straight line drawn across the table behind which the cue balls are placed in beginning a game. any of four lines, each near to and parallel with one side of the cushion, that divide the table into a large central panel or section and eight smaller […]
pertaining to the Balkan States or their inhabitants. pertaining to the Balkan Peninsula. pertaining to the Balkan Mountains. the Balkans. Balkan States. Contemporary Examples Another is rooted in atrocities committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 90s. Dylan’s Candor Gets Misconstrued as Hate Speech in France Ian Bell December 6, 2013 He conceived the federal […]
- Balkan frame
an overhead frame, fastened to a bed, from which a splinted, fractured leg or arm is suspended and held in traction. Balkan frame Bal·kan frame (bôl’kən) n. An over-the-bed or free-standing horizontal pole, supported by uprights, from which a splinted limb can be suspended. Also called Balkan splint.