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 Or when a white couple threatened to call police because a man wrote Black Lives Matter in chalk on the retaining wall in front of his Pacific Heights home. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Policing Blackness: It happened again. This time it was in Discovery Bay," 18 Nov. 2020 Divya and Peter Yoder, and their boys, Krish, 4, and Riaan, 2, spent a Sunday writing messages about voting, using chalk on the sidewalk in front of their Phoenix house. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "When parents talk about politics with their kids, they're talking about a family's values," 1 Nov. 2020 Using chalk and his imagination, Dave Palazzolo has turned his Salt Lake City driveway into a racetrack for his 4-year-old neighbor, Quinn. Catherine Garcia, TheWeek, "The week's good news: September 10, 2020," 10 Sep. 2020 The museum will have games, including horseshoes, bingo and hopscotch, plus there’ll be scavenger hunts, chalk for drawings, coloring sheets, word searches and more. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do in November in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 6 Nov. 2020 The Colts are projected to win this one big, however, going into Sunday as massive, 10.5-point chalk following a 28-11 decimation of the Vikings. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "NFL Week 3 predictions: Colts can't mess up this matchup, right?," 25 Sep. 2020 Flowers, handwritten notes, candles and messages written in chalk wrapped around the side of the building, and large crowds gathered to pay their respects. Annie Karni, New York Times, "Ginsburg Will Lie in State in the Capitol, the First Woman to Be Given the Honor," 21 Sep. 2020 In Guadalupe, Mexico, pilgrims are flocking to a parking lot, leaving candles and flowers beside a detailed portrait of the Virgin Mary that inexplicably reappeared in early October, having been drawn in chalk by an anonymous artist in 2007. Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, Star Tribune, "Raise a glass to secret walls," 23 Oct. 2020 Students covered the sidewalks in eulogies with chalk, but Karns was too shaken to attend Locke’s vigil. Washington Post, "Scarred by two shootings, would firing a gun help him heal or wound him again?," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But for now, like so many other things, chalk the ratings decline up as one of those 2020 oddities. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "TV Ratings for Many Sports Are Down. Don’t Read Too Much Into It Yet.," 20 Oct. 2020 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

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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

25 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chalk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chalk. Accessed 1 Dec. 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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