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

Every Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., a pair of Play Ambassadors will be at a different park with balls, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, and friendship bracelet supplies. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 5 June 2019 They're also covered in loose brushstrokes (courtesy of painters Caitlin Macbride and Gabriella Picone), which unite the two worlds—furniture and flesh—in a palette of lake, grass, chalk, and mustard. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Katie Stout’s “Girl Lamps” Come to Life in a New Collaboration with the Fashion Label Phelan," 7 Dec. 2018 Hobos scrawled the secret language with whatever writing implements were available—a lump of coal, chalk, a nail, or even a sharp-edged rock. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Hobo Hieroglyphs: Their Secret Symbols, Explained," 21 Nov. 2018 Next weekend, everyone is invited to Elyson’s Great Get-Together, an old-fashioned picnic with a Wizard of Oz theme featuring chalk art, face painters, balloon artists, classic picnic food and drinks and more. Houston Chronicle, "Enjoy Elyson’s Great Get-Together picnic on Saturday, April 14," 8 Apr. 2018 Milk paint gets its color from earth pigments, and clay or chalk is used as a filler to give the color more body. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Milk Paint: The Eco-Friendly Option That Everyone Should Know," 18 Apr. 2019 The project is meant to protect one of southern England's cherished natural ecosystems, a chalk stream. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Water Pipeline Workers Stumble Across Dozens of Iron Age Skeletons," 15 Apr. 2019 Paint can have many bases that include, water, oil, chalk and even...milk? Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "So What Exactly is Milk Paint?," 27 Mar. 2019 Karl was wearing a chalk-striped suit at our luncheon. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Some Republican lawmakers chalked Shell’s defeat up to the intricacies of local politics, not necessarily the uprising by teachers. Washington Post, "Teacher’s win in Kentucky points to November potential," 23 May 2018 Before Ali threw his first punch, Ella Cerón on The Cut chalked her beautiful skin up to her abundance of washcloths—24 are in her home. Liz Krieger, Town & Country, "You Probably Don’t Own Enough Towels, According to an Expert," 22 Feb. 2019 Now, they’re getting married, and while the nature of their bond still seems surprising to some, others are chalking it up to the stars under which they were born. Noor Brara, Vogue, "What’s in the Stars for Nick and Priyanka? How Astrology Can Play a Significant Role in Hindu Weddings," 1 Dec. 2018

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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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