chalk

noun
\ ˈchȯk How to pronounce chalk (audio) \

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 How to pronounce chalky (audio) \ 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

Free admission, $10-$20 for chalk box and sidewalk square. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "9 things to do in Cleveland on Sunday, Sept. 15," 15 Sep. 2019 Ronen uses a variety of materials for her art and is a frequent participant in chalk art festivals. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Houston street artist Anat Ronen brings unique experience to Pearl Fincher Museum," 30 Aug. 2019 The special education teacher would need finger puppets, jumbo crayons and sidewalk chalk for her 5- and 6-year-olds. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "'Ridiculous': Teachers spend their own money to buy supplies for first day of school," 29 Aug. 2019 Step 4: Draw a chalk reference line to mark this starting point. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How to Install Hardwood Floors," 26 July 2019 Downtown Summer Solstice Festival — Enjoy live music, a chalk art gallery, a petting zoo, bouncy houses and the Hero Games. Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s going on for summer solstice in Anchorage and beyond," 20 June 2019 Free admission, $10-$20 for chalk box and sidewalk square. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "12 things to do in Cleveland on Saturday, Sept. 14," 14 Sep. 2019 After selling his stake in Tetra Laval, Mr. Rausing invested in another Swedish packaging company, Ecolean, which makes lightweight packaging out of chalk and natural gas. Amie Tsang, New York Times, "Hans Rausing, Swedish Packaging Magnate, Is Dead at 93," 6 Sep. 2019 Toys ranging from soccer balls to sidewalk chalk to swings are getting hit with tariffs starting Sunday. NBC News, "From kiddie pools to Popsicle sticks, the next round of tariffs is a Labor Day downer," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Still, there are voters who chalk Harris’ record up to what was necessary at the time — an argument the candidate herself has made. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Kamala Harris draws upon background in unveiling criminal justice plan," 9 Sep. 2019 The weekend-long festival will have music, dance, shuffleboard, food, vendors and chalk art. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 23-foot replica of Earth's moon will be raised above Catalano Square in the Historic Third Ward," 26 July 2019 One day, the black students arrived to find that someone had chalked a racial slur on the street. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris have reignited the busing debate. Here’s what happened at my Austin, Texas, high school.," 3 July 2019 Ingalls chalks it up to the gas fires and explosions that rocked Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence one year ago. BostonGlobe.com, "Business recovery efforts continue, one year after the Merrimack Valley explosions - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 Members of the Swim Fort Lauderdale Masters Team can chalk off a busy season of competition in the pool and open water established by Masters head coach Marty Hendricks whose skills as a travel agent were put to the test. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Swim Fort Lauderdale Masters Team enjoys whirlwind competitive summer," 12 Sep. 2019 The ride-hailing c-suite will likely chalk this up as academic hand-wringing with little relevance in the real world. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber lost over $5 billion in one quarter, but don’t worry, it gets worse," 8 Aug. 2019 Some cosmologists chalk it up to a statistical fluke. Quanta Magazine, "In Lopsided Map of the Cosmos, a Glimmer of Its Origins," 24 June 2013 Ronaldo had a first-half goal chalked off for offsides following a VAR review, but Juve dominated play over the first 45 minutes before slowing down in the second due to the warm temperatures. Si Wire, SI.com, "Juventus vs. Napoli Live Stream, TV Channel: Watch Serie A Online," 31 Aug. 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce chalk (audio) \

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 How to pronounce chalk (audio) \

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 How to pronounce chalky (audio) \ adjective

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