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 Indeed, Sullivan told EW last year that even he wasn't told the significance of the sidewalk chalk that Toby was asked to bring to Kevin’s house. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "This Is Us: Chris Sullivan on how he'd feel about Toby and Kate NOT ending up together," 2 Oct. 2020 Already there are tweets drawn in chalk on sidewalks along Ocean Drive and the mall on Lincoln Road, two of the most popular attractions on South Beach, with more on the way. Amber Randall, sun-sentinel.com, "Amid “caution fatigue,” a new social media-inspired mask campaign is heading to South Florida," 24 Sep. 2020 Video of the spitting incident was already spreading on social media and the news when Rapkin was recorded the next day confronting Joe Friedman, who had been writing messages in chalk on the sidewalk outside her home. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman charged with spitting at Black teen protester asks to move case out of Milwaukee County, drop hate crime enhancer," 17 Sep. 2020 And the mathematicians who love the chalk continue their love affair. Trisha Gopal, CNN, "How a brand of chalk achieved cult status among mathematicians," 22 Aug. 2020 Sumter County is home to the community of Epes, known for the chalk bluffs that overlook the Tombigbee River. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "Here’s a fun fact about every Alabama county," 19 Aug. 2020 Undeterred, the group was back on the bike path last week, sharing their messages in chalk. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Diversity is our future:’ La Jolla families join together spreading messages of unity through chalk art," 4 Oct. 2020 Investigators told Fox 4 Dallas that the prints were plastered around the building at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, while anti-police messages were found written in chalk nearby. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Dallas Police Department headquarters vandalized with red handprints," 2 Oct. 2020 Breonna Flowers, a member of the Black Student Council, encouraged students after drawing pictures in chalk to go to their professors to bring real change on campus. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Mark Up Marquette' event provides platform for students to share their experiences," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Use chalk to write inspiring quotes on the sidewalk. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "101 Creative Community Service Ideas for Kids, Teens, and Adults," 9 Oct. 2020 The plan is for the founders to meet again to chalk out next steps. Saritha Rai, Bloomberg.com, "India Startups Join Effort to Break Google, Facebook Dominance," 1 Oct. 2020 Others chalk them up to drops in the ocean of potential election disinformation on the platform. Daniel Funke, Detroit Free Press, "What we know about 2020 election interference: It’s not just Russia," 26 Sep. 2020 The team hasn’t won an opener since 2004, so at this point, just chalk it up as a loss and focus on the second game. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Predictions for Thursday Night Football," 17 Sep. 2020 My parents, then and now, chalk this up to typical older sibling behavior. The Washington Post, "On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions," 16 Sep. 2020 Other researchers chalk the findings up to some sort of undiscovered geochemical process. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "We've Found Possible Signs of Life in Venus's Clouds. Whoa.," 14 Sep. 2020 Call it sexist or chalk it up the reality of assuming the role of first lady, but a great deal of the wrath directed at Mrs. Trump—like others before her—has been centered around her fashion choices. Glamour, "A History of Melania Trump’s Most Talked-About Fashion Moments," 26 Aug. 2020 If the drawing goes to chalk, the Spurs will have the 11th overall pick, their highest since Duncan by seven slots. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs leave Orlando looking ahead, not behind," 13 Aug. 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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chalk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chalk. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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