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 upchalk 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 This video is either unavailable or not supported in this browser The mural itself depicts a young girl, who has a pencil bag with chalk and pencils spilling out of it, surrounded by a half-circle of stick figures, holding hands. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Giant Mural in Switzerland Sends a Message of Hope in Wake of Coronavirus," 21 May 2020 At a Bidi Bidi water pump one recent morning, 10 women sat with their plastic jerry cans inside large chalk circles sketched on the ground, two meters apart. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "For refugees, a plea: You can’t beat a pandemic by leaving people out," 13 May 2020 But there were 6-foot-apart chalk marks on the sidewalk, just like in front of a supermarket. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Bright side: Wedding plans foiled, Bay Area couple hosts drive-by reception," 5 May 2020 The acts of kindness include running errands for grandparents, making and mailing cards to others designing chalk murals and sewing face masks. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Rap videos, virtual running club, bookmobile: Teachers go above and beyond amid pandemic," 4 May 2020 Luana's Coffee & Beer Luana's Coffee and Beer on McDowell Road has set up a makeshift drive-thru complete with sidewalk chalk arrows and a doorbell, which customers can ring for service. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "You can get takeout margaritas at these restaurants in metro Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale," 28 Apr. 2020 Houston artist Anat Ronen participated in a cross-country chalk art collaborative project representing the sign of the times. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Houston artist participates in cross-country, collaborative street art project," 28 Apr. 2020 Add chalk to your Kroger list and get creative from May 1-3. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Celebrate Flying Pig Marathon's originally-scheduled race with chalk, champagne and cheers," 28 Apr. 2020 Dasha finds a good grip on the guy's ears and bashes him to death against the gym equipment, then drowns his open-mouthed corpse in a bag of gymnast's chalk. EW.com, "Killing Eve premiere recap: One wedding and two funerals," 13 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Best of all is Dennis Taylor, the adorable champion who chalked all his success up to his habit of wearing his glasses upside-down. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Vintage Snooker," 1 May 2020 This intricate art piece was created by artist Nate Baranowski, who chalked this impressive design before the park closed its doors due to the pandemic. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Some #ChalkTheWalk Art is Seriously Impressive: Here are 7 of Our Favorites," 14 Apr. 2020 The strange disease in The Omega Man that turns Americans of all races chalk-white—a de facto melting pot—is a result of a conflict between China and Russia. Ed Park, The New Yorker, "Confronting Anti-Asian Discrimination During the Coronavirus Crisis," 17 Mar. 2020 Some have chalked the phenomenon up to a symptom of loneliness among Generation Z, who get their dose of intimacy from watching strangers pretend to do their makeup without having to interact with real people. Jade Wu Savvy Psychologist, Scientific American, "Is ASMR Real or Just a Pseudoscience?," 4 Dec. 2019 Then there are the people who chalk it up to a mystery. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Is coronavirus God's will? Jewish, Christian and Muslims leaders debate tough questions amid pandemic," 2 Apr. 2020 But that does not mean their increased prominence can be simply chalked down to a hawkish change under Mr Trump. The Economist, "Chinese students The new red scare on American campuses," 2 Jan. 2020 Michigan won by just 11 as a 28-point favorite, and analysts chalked it up to the Hoosiers’ playmakers and Michigan having Ohio State on the brain. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Our Week 13 college football picks examine the jumbo line at Ohio State: Are 19 points enough to take Penn State? And why is Illinois getting no love?," 21 Nov. 2019 Others have chalked it up to a fundamental lack of testing, underscoring that Japan, in the initial weeks, endured a short supply of test kits with China its only route of supply. Fox News, "Why Japan appears to have avoided a mass coronavirus outbreak," 24 Mar. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for chalk

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The first known use of chalk was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chalk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chalk. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for chalk

chalk

noun
How to pronounce chalk (audio)

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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