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

Once the hairspray has dried, run the chalk through the strand. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "This Holographic Glitter Hairstyle is Perfect for Coachella," 10 Apr. 2018 Activities for kids include a bike parade and chalk drawing. April Orcutt, latimes.com, "Here's where you'll find maximum fun for your Fourth of July celebrations," 17 June 2018 Despite the occasional shower, the artists worked diligently to fill the mural in with 75 different colors of chalk with the help of a tarp. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "A 3D chalk mural appears in Old City," 28 Mar. 2018 After a regular season that featured top-five upsets on a weekly basis and left almost every team with at least one truly head-scratching loss, chalk would qualify as a surprise outcome in this year’s NCAA tournament. Eric Single, SI.com, "Six Top-Seeded Teams in the Most Danger of Losing Early in the 2018 NCAA Tournament," 13 Mar. 2018 Some were simple, such as a black box leather version made of a single piece with a chalk-like trompe l’oeil outline. Vogue, "Garçon! Olivier Saillard Steps Into the Role of Waiter-Poet for J.M. Weston," 16 Jan. 2019 Only one—a red-chalk portrait of Leonardo as an old man—is recognized by the leading authority on the artist, Kenneth Clark, as being definitely of Leonardo. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Da Vinci’s possible vision disorder may have influenced his art," 18 Oct. 2018 For her part, Holmgren’s Instagram account @Foxmeetsbear boasts a following of 130,000, where the mom of three blogs about her life with her husband, a chalk artist, and their three young daughters. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Instagram influencer’s cookbook recalled for potentially 'dangerous' recipes," 11 Aug. 2018 Twenty lagers on tap, five food trucks, tiki bar, silent disco, a live mural painting, vendors, games, chalk art competition, more. 208-344-0011, payettebrewing.com/lager-than-life. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Vacations are some of the best times to catch up on all of those books sitting unread on our bookshelves—chalk it up to those eight-hour flights, long train rides, and that inbox not pinging constantly with work emails. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Books We Traveled With This Year: Women Who Travel Podcast," 24 Dec. 2018 On Tuesday night, someone vandalized a wall in Brooklyn, New York, chalking swastikas and racial slurs as children prepared to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Moving On and Making a Difference in the Wake of the Tree of Life Shooting," 2 Nov. 2018 On the positive side, chalk the behavior up to authenticity. Andrew Perloff, SI.com, "Andrew Perloff Has Issues: Philly Fans Are Angry and Rowdy, but You Have to Love Them," 31 Jan. 2018 As reported by Vox, local authorities chalked the snafu up to a technical glitch and refused oversight from the FBI. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "If the 2018 Election Is Hacked, This Is How It Will Happen," 5 Nov. 2018 And after seeing their goal chalked off, any Celta Vigo spirit that had entered the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu ahead of kick-off seemed to deflate on the half-hour mark as Bale doubled both his and his side's return with a simply stunning finish. SI.com, "WATCH: Without Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Destroys Celta Vigo," 12 May 2018 At the time, fans chalked it up to typical open-world shenanigans: when a game is this large, there’s no telling what can go wrong. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Red Dead Redemption 2 players find cursed road that always sets horses on fire," 1 Nov. 2018 Alexandra Breckenridge isn’t chalking her post-baby look up to magic. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Alexandra Breckenridge Says Her Post-Baby Body Is 'Genetic': 'I Can't Take Credit'," 21 Jan. 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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