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 Outside Mother Dairy, a national milk cooperative, shopkeepers drew circles and squares on the pavement using chalk to indicate where people should stand and wait. New York Times, "India, Day 1: World’s Largest Coronavirus Lockdown Begins," 25 Mar. 2020 The ball landed on the chalk down the right-field line and bounced into the corner, and Nimmo raced around for a two-run triple. Los Angeles Times, "Kenta Maeda notches save, Kenley Jansen pitches a flawless eighth in Dodgers’ win," 15 Sep. 2019 To use, simply wet your hair, separate it into sections, then run the chalk down your strands. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "10 Best Temporary Hair Color Products, According to Professional Colorists," 8 Aug. 2019 Cosmetic users in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome created dramatic appearances by pairing skin whiteners containing lead or chalk with black eye makeup and red lip colourants. Lynn M. Thomas, Quartz Africa, "There’s a complex history of skin lighteners in Africa and beyond," 9 Mar. 2020 Most believe box calls that require chalk produce better hen talk. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, "6 Tips For Hunting Turkeys in Bad Weather," 4 Mar. 2020 The floor, covered with brown linoleum, was divided into squares by white grid lines and strewn with pieces of chalk and balls of string. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘A Game of Birds and Wolves’ Review: The Invention of the Raspberry," 21 Feb. 2020 Prediction San Diego State 82, New Mexico 65 New Mexico isn’t winning this one, and the -2000 moneyline on SDSU is too much chalk to make a play. PASS ON THE MONEYLINE and play the spread. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "New Mexico at San Diego State college basketball odds, picks and best bets," 11 Feb. 2020 How could this former naval officer, with his nubs of chalk and jumbles of string, contribute anything to the battles being waged out at sea? Simon Parkin, Time, "A Nazi U-Boat Tactic Stumped Allied Forces — Until a Retired British Naval Officer Designed a Game to Reveal How It Worked," 29 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 But Crim chalked that up to the team arriving in Los Angeles late Friday and not being able to nail down a scrimmage partner. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "FaZe remain class of Call of Duty League, but ‘Crimsix’ confident in Empire’s improvement," 7 Mar. 2020 Then in first-half injury time, Wolves had Pedro Neto's strike chalked off after Taylor awarded the goal. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Liverpool remains unbeaten in Premier League -- but there's more VAR controversy," 29 Dec. 2019 World Famous Hotboys’ chicken is similarly chalked with fiery red spice. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "World Famous Hotboys sets opening date for dangerously spicy Nashville hot chicken in Oakland," 11 Dec. 2019 The journey here, however, was chalked full of challenges. Tim Schwartz, baltimoresun.com, "Reservoir volleyball sweeps Atholton to capture first region crown since 2007," 6 Nov. 2019 Right now, Alabama’s probably not going to get in if everything goes according to chalk. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Paul Finebaum: Alabama fans must cheer for Auburn; Gus Malzahn should go to Arkansas," 11 Nov. 2019 Linebacker Bud Dupree chalked it up to communication issues that plagued the Steelers early in the season. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Iffy path ahead for Steelers with Rudolph’s status uncertain," 7 Oct. 2019 As the company's founder, Park chalks that up to sticking to a core message. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "J.Y. Park Shares the Real-Life Inspirations That Fuel His 25-Plus Years at the Center of K-Pop," 31 Dec. 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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Time Traveler for chalk

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

1 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chalk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chalk. Accessed 8 Apr. 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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