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 chalk (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 Children at crafts tables fashion dream catchers out of paper plates, string, and beads; others scrawl flowers in chalk on the concrete medians. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, "Volunteers Are Actually the Ones Funding Open Streets Programs. Why Isn’t the City?," 7 Apr. 2021 The idea of joining the team came up when his math teacher, Leon Jordan, had difficulty reaching for a piece of chalk in the classroom. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix's Carver High was founded on segregation; Its basketball team overcame the odds to build a dynasty," 19 Mar. 2021 The rover’s robotic arm will drill the surface and collect samples the size of a piece of chalk. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "The American Dream Is Alive on Mars," 26 Feb. 2021 The rover will recover about 40 cores from the ground, each weighing about a half an ounce, or about the size of a piece of chalk. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "How NASA's Perseverance rover will send Martian rocks back to Earth for the first time ever," 19 Feb. 2021 Each participant will learn the story and receive a name to commemorate in chalk on the sidewalk, to honor the victims and all who have needlessly died in industrial accidents. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 19 Mar. 2021 Attendees wrote the names of the victims in chalk and said their names in a call and response, where one person said a name and everyone else repeated it back. Trent Nelson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Vigil held to honor victims of Atlanta shooting," 19 Mar. 2021 There are messages on the sidewalk in chalk, pastel wishes for greater kindness and goodness. Los Angeles Times, "It’s been one year. Here’s how our readers feel about L.A. now," 13 Mar. 2021 The weight class might be the most chalk-looking of the group, with 2-3 in the top half and 1-4 in the bottom half. Brant Parsons, orlandosentinel.com, "Class 3A state wrestling preview: South Dade and SW Miami to battle for team glory," 3 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Not as its offense rolled from long range and its defense rocked the Jayhawks, grinding them down to chalk. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Lakers legend Elgin Baylor dies at 86," 23 Mar. 2021 Parents of seniors from Kaneland High School in Maple Park wanted to give their children something special in light of a year full of COVID-19 restrictions and decided the best plan was to just chalk one up. David Sharos, chicagotribune.com, "Kaneland parents chalk one up to brighten the mood of students during pandemic," 22 Mar. 2021 Bigjigs chalk eggs come with six sizable rainbow eggs, perfect for preschool hands. Lindsey Hunter Lopez, USA TODAY, "27 best Easter gifts for kids," 13 Mar. 2021 And though Texas State’s rally fizzled in a 76-73 loss to Appalachian State at the Pensacola Bay Center in Florida, Johnson said the Bobcats can chalk it up as another obstacle to overcome at the end of a year filled with hurdles. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, "After frenzied finish, Texas State falls in overtime of Sun Belt quarterfinals," 7 Mar. 2021 This set includes a bamboo planter box, three pots perfectly sized for small herbs, a drainage tray, and chalk for labeling all of your greens. Southern Living, "Windowsill Gardening Kits That'll Kick-Start Your Green Thumb," 6 Mar. 2021 The project was funded by donations collected by the Friends of Slow Sanchez neighborhood group, and began in early February with a power washing and chalk outlines of the San Francisco scene depicting a Victorian house and hillside. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco has a new Slow Street mural. Watch it come to life in views from above," 5 Mar. 2021 Some chalk that up to nerves that come with the first college football game. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "New Arizona State offense will look for improvement in next game against California," 11 Nov. 2020 Maybe chalk that up to Hoosier politeness, an effect of being in separate areas of the studio or a good job by the moderator — or all three. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "5 takeaways from governor debate, including Holcomb and Rainwater back and forth," 21 Oct. 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

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

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12 Apr 2021

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“Chalk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chalk. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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 chalk (audio) \ adjective

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