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

Children scribbled their names on the sidewalk with chalk. Adam Geller, The Seattle Times, "A community that backed Trump says no to migrant detention center," 30 July 2018 Others were writing tributes in chalk on a nearby sidewalk. David Selig, Sun-Sentinel.com, "XXXTentacion talked about dying young in Instagram video posted before fatal shooting," 19 June 2018 April 28th: Spring Chalk Art Festival Watch artists hit the pavement with chalk and cover them with colorful art. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Skating, drive-in movies and spring festivals: The best kids things to do in Arizona this weekend," 27 Apr. 2018 Still Beneath a Pillow, a chalk-and–oil stick photograph in the back of the elevator foyer. Emily Farra, Vogue, "14,000 Square Feet, 5 Floors, 35 Artworks, and 1 Debut Fragrance: Chanel’s New Flagship by the Numbers," 14 Nov. 2018 Big enough for a harness, climbing shoes, and a chalk bag, it can easily be taken into the real world for books and laptops. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Patagonia Sale Is Perfect Timing for Winter," 9 Nov. 2017 There’s Crayola chalk, Elmer’s glue, a Rubik’s Cube, Scrabble tiles, Cooties, and Uno cards, just to name a few. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Toy Story Land Is Riddled With Amazing Hidden References to the Movies," 2 July 2018 Sidewalk chalk, like time or the availability of your fave Netflix series, is fleeting. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 5 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend," 14 June 2018 The event began at noon in Everts Park with a picnic that included a bounce house, sidewalk chalk, face painting, lawn games, an ice cream truck and other games. Gina Grillo, chicagotribune.com, "Six years later, North Shore Pride Fest continues to grow," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the time, fans chalked it up to typical open-world shenanigans: when a game is this large, there’s no telling what can go wrong. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Red Dead Redemption 2 players find cursed road that always sets horses on fire," 1 Nov. 2018 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

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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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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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