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

But the teen conjured up a backhand slice winner that dropped right on the chalk. CBS News, "Coco Gauff pulls off comeback win against Polona Hercog at Wimbledon," 5 July 2019 After giving up a single to center, Brewers outfielder Ben Gamel hit a game-tying double that landed near the chalk down the left-field line. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds' bullpen falters in series-opening loss to Milwaukee Brewers," 2 July 2019 Festivities include games, children’s activities, chalk art workshops, wrestling matches, food trucks and a beer garden. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Harrah’s awards $5,000 to San Diego Oasis," 1 July 2019 Toddlers wrestled with chalk that was over half their size, or grabbed at smaller pieces in a bin. Author: Lauren Ellenbecker, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage artists leave downtown street chalk-full of color," 24 June 2019 The sight of kids drawing on the pavement with sidewalk chalk is practically guaranteed to induce a bout of nostalgia. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "Sidewalk chalk drawings have a colorful 500-year history," 22 June 2019 But the chalk outlines remain, and petals linger on the street edges. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "Solemn Parties, Festive Liturgies — What’s Not to Like about Being Catholic?," 22 June 2019 On the Wessex chalk underlying Stonehenge and the rest of the Salisbury Plain, the strontium isotope ratios usually fall between 0.7074 and 0.7090. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "People buried at Stonehenge may have come from as far away as Wales," 3 Aug. 2018 How significant and emotional will that sidewalk chalk and the Pin the Tail on the Donkey game be? Dan Snierson, EW.com, "This Is Us star Justin Hartley on the mystery mother — and what awaits Kevin in season 4," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Attorneys concluded their arguments Monday, with the plaintiff’s side describing an elaborate betrayal and the defense chalking it up to miscommunication. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Jurors begin deliberation in Thomas Keller pregnancy discrimination trial," 25 June 2019 Pinault chalks that up to setting these kinds of ambitious, seemingly-impossible targets and galvanizing his team to work towards them. Emily Farra, Vogue, "At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, Kering’s François-Henri Pinault Shares a Radical New Vision of Sustainability," 16 May 2019 Hague chalks it up to so much time spent training, going through every possible failure scenario -- including one similar to what actually happened. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "What it takes to be an astronaut: the real 'right stuff'," 17 June 2019 As for why the scandal fizzled in 2005 and exploded in 2014, chalk it up to social media and the internet for spreading the word and inciting a response. Longreads, "How the Cosby Story Finally Went Viral — And Why It Took So Long," 7 June 2019 Gates chalked it up to the financial and political cost of changing traditional schools. Sally Ho, The Seattle Times, "Bill Gates directs US education funding to local schools," 28 Aug. 2018 While many have chalked it up to a diagnosis of munchausen syndrome by proxy, Dr. Phil pointed out that people can't ignore that this was also abuse. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "The Gypsy Rose Blanchard Story Doesn't End With 'The Act'—There's Now a Podcast," 25 Apr. 2019 Most advocacy groups are trying to be patient, chalking the delays up to the inevitable inertia of a giant bureaucracy forced to change. New York Times, "Ban Was Lifted, but Transgender Recruits Still Can’t Join Up," 5 July 2018 Katy remained unbothered, chalking it all up to conspiracies and rumors. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Selena Gomez's Love Life," 4 Apr. 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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