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, "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 Artists will be provided with a box of chalk and a sectioned area for the competition. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land Chalk art competition deadline extended until Aug. 28," 22 Aug. 2019 On the wall, there was a blackboard with chalk and erasers. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "For Navajo Code Talker Peter MacDonald, a 'beautiful blue' uniform led him to enlist at 15," 29 Aug. 2019 Children will be able to ride bikes and scooters, play hula-hoop, jump rope, and draw with chalk in streets closed to traffic. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 19 Aug. 2019 The board also marks the chalk debut of Bama fixtures Tagovailoa, Cochran and Terry Saban. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al.com, "Jason Isbell, Tua, Sabans honored on Druid City Brewing’s latest chalkboard," 18 July 2019 Chalk Art Festival Amateur and professional artists can register to win cash prizes with their latest chalk art creations at Hamilton Town Center. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 20 June festivals to fill your summer," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The lines at Yankee Stadium are painted on and not chalk, so any dirt flying up should not have impacted the call. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s bats go cold late in 11-inning loss to Yankees," 31 Aug. 2019 Although today more people come for food and drink and to ogle the outrageous décor than to chalk a cue. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Floating tiki bar, haunted pub crawl: 10 places for end-of-summer road trips in Arizona," 14 Aug. 2019 After the controversies of the earlier match, this was a high-quality affair although VAR was the main talking point of the first half as Valerie Gauvin had a goal for the home side chalked off after review. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Women's World Cup: Cameroon protests and tears as England reaches last eight," 23 June 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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