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chalk

noun \ ˈchȯk \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of chalk

1 a : 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
2 a : a mark made with chalk
b British : a point scored in a game

chalky

play \ˈchȯ-kē\ adjective

Examples of chalk in a Sentence

  1. The teacher handed her a piece of chalk and asked her to write the answer on the chalkboard.

  2. He put chalk marks on the stage to show the actors where they should stand.

  3. They drew pictures on the sidewalk with colored chalks.

Recent Examples of chalk from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of chalk

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


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chalk

verb

Definition of chalk

transitive verb
1 : to write or draw with chalk
2 : to rub or mark with chalk
3 a : 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

Examples of chalk in a Sentence

  1. She chalked a message on the side of the barn.

  2. He chalked the stage to show the actors where they should stand.

Recent Examples of chalk from the Web

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First Known Use of chalk

1580



CHALK Defined for English Language Learners

chalk

noun

Definition of chalk for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of chalk for English Language Learners

  • : to write or draw (something) with chalk

  • : to mark (something) with chalk


CHALK Defined for Kids

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chalk

noun \ ˈchȯk \

Definition of chalk for Students

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

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chalk

verb

Definition of chalk for Students

chalked; chalking
: 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.

Medical Dictionary

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

chalky

play \ˈchȯ-kē\ adjective


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