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 The shooters at Amazin Billiards religiously apply chalk to the tips of their cues so residue piles up fast. BostonGlobe.com, "In Malden, a billiards champion and his pool hall rack up a fervent following - The Boston Globe," 7 Nov. 2019 Edina police were called Saturday about the chalk graffiti. Washington Post, "Sheriff’s deputy at a Florida school is charged with felony child abuse," 5 Nov. 2019 That was one of the more notable developments following a week of mostly chalk results across the state. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "CHSAANow prep football rankings, Week 10: Eaglecrest returns to the 5A top 10," 28 Oct. 2019 Artists are urged to bring chalk in various colors and sizes, spray bottle and rags, gardening-style kneepads and sunblock. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood gets ready for Chalk Walk," 18 Oct. 2019 The bunks are of Home Depot lumber, the walls often decorated with patterns made out of scraps from pallets and blackboard paint covered with chalk doodles and messages. Los Angeles Times, "Why are these L.A. people sleeping in pods stacked on top of each other? It’s not just the cost of housing," 12 Oct. 2019 Samuel Little, a 79-year-old man with a penchant for storytelling and drawing chalk pastel portraits in his California prison cell, was recently labeled by the FBI as the United States’ most prolific serial killer. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "He started murdering women in South Florida — then became the worst serial killer in U.S. history," 11 Oct. 2019 Stocks related to alleys, shoes, balls, and chalk soared. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Charles Schwab on the Lessons He’s Learned Over a Lifetime of Investing," 30 Sep. 2019 Luna Park Chalk Art Festival: Artists, students and chalk enthusiasts will create more than 250 pieces of art along the pathways of Backesto Park, San Jose. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Bay Area weekend festivals: Salsa, chalk art, dogs — plus wine," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mané had the ball in the back of the net once again but it was rightly chalked off for offside, with Liverpool then settling on their two-goal lead and seeing out the remainder of the match with comfort. SI.com, "Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Sadio Mane Helps Reds Survive Early Scare," 14 Sep. 2019 Bullet holes were filled with flowers and messages of love were chalked onto the sidewalk where casings had clanged. Washington Post, "Devastation on top of devastation: The people of Dayton try to recover, again.," 10 Aug. 2019 For Jones’s sixth birthday, his father chalked a field about 35 yards long and about 25 yards wide in the yard, and his jersey-wearing friends received footballs as favors. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Can the Giants Really Bank on Daniel Jones?," 7 Aug. 2019 There was more drama to come -- Sweden was awarded a penalty which was chalked off for an earlier offside, before Desiree Scott cleared a shot from Asllani off the line -- but no more goals as Sweden marched into its seventh quarterfinal. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "US battles to victory over Spain to reach the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup," 24 June 2019 The unexpected disarray could have been the sign of a struggle, but Swearingen chalked it up to a break-in, and later filed a police report saying his home had been burgled while he was gone. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "‘Lord forgive ’em’: Larry Swearingen executed despite claims of innocence," 21 Aug. 2019 Still, there are voters who chalk Harris’ record up to what was necessary at the time — an argument the candidate herself has made. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Kamala Harris draws upon background in unveiling criminal justice plan," 9 Sep. 2019 The weekend-long festival will have music, dance, shuffleboard, food, vendors and chalk art. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 23-foot replica of Earth's moon will be raised above Catalano Square in the Historic Third Ward," 26 July 2019 One day, the black students arrived to find that someone had chalked a racial slur on the street. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris have reignited the busing debate. Here’s what happened at my Austin, Texas, high school.," 3 July 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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12 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for chalk

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

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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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