chalk

noun
\ˈchȯk \

Definition of chalk 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a soft white, gray, or buff limestone composed chiefly of the shells of foraminifers

b : a prepared form of chalk or a material resembling chalk especially when used (as for writing on blackboards) as a crayon

2a : a mark made with chalk

b British : a point scored in a game

chalk

verb
chalked; chalking; chalks

Definition of chalk (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to write or draw with chalk

2 : to rub or mark with chalk

3a : to delineate roughly : sketch

b : to set down or add up with or as if with chalk : record usually used with up chalk up the totals

intransitive verb

: to become chalky the paint had begun to chalk

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Other Words from chalk

Noun

chalky \ˈchȯ-kē \ adjective

Examples of chalk in a Sentence

Noun

The teacher handed her a piece of chalk and asked her to write the answer on the chalkboard. He put chalk marks on the stage to show the actors where they should stand. They drew pictures on the sidewalk with colored chalks.

Verb

She chalked a message on the side of the barn. He chalked the stage to show the actors where they should stand.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the second inning, Mader-Cooper dropped a ball on the right-field chalk line that went for a triple. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland East 12s collect sorely-needed Section 3 victory," 7 July 2018 Existing bike paths were marked with chalk lines to divide traffic. Daniel Langhorne, latimes.com, "Orange Coast College previews campus bike loop," 20 Apr. 2018 The center at suburban Mayfield City Schools, a district of 4,300 K-12 students 15 miles east of Cleveland, is a striking example of an approach to education that could eventually make traditional methods as outdated as chalk and blackboards. John Hanc, New York Times, "Building Skills Outside the Classroom With New Ways of Learning," 5 Apr. 2018 The festival, which lines the streets with intricate chalk drawings in the Italian tradition, isn’t until the first weekend of September. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Before Madonnari Arts Festival, chalk artist memorializes Captial Gazette victims in Little Italy," 8 July 2018 Earlier in the day, fans created a colorful memorial for X, featuring chalk drawings and candles. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "XXXTentacion Fans Gather to Commemorate the Rapper at Memorial Site," 19 June 2018 One day, a girl comes to school without any pieces of chalk. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "‘Choose Marriage or Education’," 29 May 2018 But those everyday expressions of grieving children became as normal to me as chalk. Helen Ubiñas, Philly.com, "'Dear Philadelphians of privilege…' | Helen Ubiñas," 24 May 2018 Trying to drink what essentially amounts to liquid chalk isn’t fun. Korin Miller, SELF, "12 Colonoscopy Prep Tips From Gastroenterologists to Make the Whole Thing Less Hellish," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Alexandra Breckenridge isn’t chalking her post-baby look up to magic. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Alexandra Breckenridge Says Her Post-Baby Body Is 'Genetic': 'I Can't Take Credit'," 21 Jan. 2018 Stakee chalks that desire up to hitting his mid thirties, and also to returning to Europe after spending 10 years living in America. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Alberta Cross Muses on 'The Transit of Life' With 'Find a Home Out There' Video: Premiere," 21 June 2018 Matz has been tough on the road this season (1.86 ERA in four starts) and the hitters just chalked it up to a decent pitcher on top of his game. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rather than worry about getting blanked again, Brewers give Matz credit for strong outing," 24 May 2018 In October 2017, technology journalist Casey Johnston wrote about her pervasive problem with a MacBook Pro’s keyboard, and said Apple repair technicians (known as Geniuses) repeatedly chalked it up to dust. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Apple Admits to Sticky MacBook Pro Keyboards, Will Fix Them for Free," 22 June 2018 For this one-off guest appearance, his performance included superimposed references to police chalked outlines of murder scenes, to the possibility that there are saving angels walking among us. Vogue, "The 11 Menswear Moments That Mattered From the Spring 2019 Season," 26 June 2018 After checking in with his pediatrician, Lesley chalked it up to a virus. Cathy Cassata, Fox News, "This family learned tick bites can transmit more than Lyme disease," 23 June 2018 June says in voiceover at the end, splayed out like a crime scene chalk outline and left unblinking on the bed. refinery29.com, "Handmaid’s Tale," 20 June 2018 The children competed in swimming first, then biked around the track that was marked by cones and chalk on the asphalt and then walked, with a variety of assisting equipment. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Kids don't let disabilities stop them at U-M's first adaptive triathlon," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of chalk

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1580, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for chalk

Noun

Middle English, from Old English cealc, from Latin calc-, calx lime; akin to Greek chalix pebble

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Phrases Related to chalk

chalk (something) up to

not by a long chalk

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More Definitions for chalk

chalk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chalk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a type of soft, light-colored rock

: a substance that is made into white or colored sticks and used for writing or drawing

: a piece of chalk

chalk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chalk (Entry 2 of 2)

: to write or draw (something) with chalk

: to mark (something) with chalk

chalk

noun
\ˈchȯk \

Kids Definition of chalk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a soft white, gray, or buff limestone made up mainly of the shells of tiny saltwater animals

2 : a material like chalk especially when used for writing or drawing

chalk

verb
chalked; chalking

Kids Definition of chalk (Entry 2 of 2)

: to rub, mark, write, or draw with chalk

chalk up

1 : to attribute to a supposed cause or source Her mistakes can be chalked up to inexperience.

2 : to earn or achieve The business chalked up large profits.

chalk

noun
\ˈchȯk \

Medical Definition of chalk 

: a soft white, gray, or buff limestone composed chiefly of the shells of foraminifers and sometimes used medicinally as a source of calcium carbonate

called also creta

— see precipitated chalk, prepared chalk

Other Words from chalk

chalky \ˈchȯ-kē \ adjective

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