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

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 People handed flowers to strangers on campus this week, and wrote encouraging notes in chalk. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, the rest of the messages of support written for those students in chalk were all gone from the sidewalks by Friday morning, likely rinsed off by city sprinklers. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Aug. 2021 Across the street, C. Heidi Walsh’s coloring-book mural lets visitors add their own illustrations with sidewalk chalk. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Sep. 2021 Length and thickness of sidewalk chalk varies and usually dictates its target audience. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, 23 Dec. 2020 This program is open to all ages and the chalk is provided by the library. courant.com, 18 June 2021 With two outs in the sixth, Isaacson lofted a soft spinning bunt down the first base line that hung on the chalk. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, 14 June 2021 Expressive aromas of chalk, lemon peel, Bosc pear and a distinct yeastiness. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 The first sniff produces scents of fresh-baked bread, loam, chalk, rhubarb pie and apples. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Had this loss happened against a better opponent, Penn State fans might have been able to chalk it up to bad luck. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 25 Oct. 2021 The last figure to chalk-up six-figures in a week was Ed Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations Project, which started with 125,000 in July 2019. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 24 Oct. 2021 Moments to chalk it up as gritty life experience and walk away? San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2021 Priority and risk can be assessed to chalk out a road map based on the engineering team’s capabilities and your customer’s needs. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Doctors chalk her complaints up to psychosomatic illness and conduct no further testing. Womensmedia, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Shill pointed out that modern alternatives to chalk, such as license plate scanners that store data for months or years, are more expensive for cities and more invasive for drivers. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2021 With some good fortune and improving health, perhaps the Bears can look back on this exhibition and chalk it up to being one of the lopsided preseason affairs that doesn’t indicate what’s to come in the regular season. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 22 Aug. 2021 Tabitha Hoskins would take notes and sometimes chalk tires in areas where there was a time limit but no meters. Ed White, Detroit Free Press, 27 Aug. 2021

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

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“Chalk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chalk. Accessed 6 Dec. 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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