Chalk cliffs in England.
- The definition of chalk is made or drawn with soft white, gray or yellow limestone.
An example of chalk used as an adjective is in the phrase "chalk drawing," which means a drawing made with this substance.
- Chalk is defined as a soft limestone that is white, gray or yellow or something made of this substance.
An example of chalk is what the teacher uses to write on the blackboard.
- a white, gray, or yellowish limestone that is soft, porous, and easily pulverized, composed almost entirely of calcite from minute sea shells
- any substance like chalk in color, texture, etc.
- a piece of chalk or gypsum, often imbued with a pigment, used for drawing, writing on a blackboard, etc.
- a mark or line made with chalk
- Brit. a score or tally, as in a game or as of credit given
Origin of chalkMiddle English from Old English cealc from Classical Latin calx, lime, limestone: see calcium
- made or drawn with chalk
- Slang, Horse Racing
- favored to win, place, or show
- betting on favorites only
- Brit. to treat with chalk; lime or fertilize (soil)
- to rub or smear with chalk; specif., to rub chalk on the tip of (a billiard cue)
- to make pale
- to write, draw, or mark with chalk
- to mark out as with chalk
- to outline; plan
- to score, get, or achieve
- to attribute or ascribe
not by a long chalk
walk a chalk line
- A soft compact calcite, CaCO3, with varying amounts of silica, quartz, feldspar, or other mineral impurities, generally gray-white or yellow-white and derived chiefly from fossil seashells.
- a. A piece of chalk or chalklike substance in crayon form, used for marking on a blackboard or other surface.b. Games A small cube of chalk used in rubbing the tip of a billiard or pool cue to increase its friction with the cue ball.
- A mark made with chalk.
- Chiefly British A score or tally.
transitive verbchalked, chalk·ing, chalks
- To mark, draw, or write with chalk: chalked my name on the blackboard.
- To rub or cover with chalk, as the tip of a billiard cue.
- To make pale; whiten.
- To treat (soil, for example) with chalk.
Origin of chalkMiddle English from Old English cealk from Latin calx calc- lime ; see calx .
(countable and uncountable, plural chalks)
- (uncountable) A soft, white, powdery limestone.
- (countable) A piece of chalk, or, more often, processed compressed chalk, that is used for drawing and for writing on a blackboard.
- Tailor's chalk.
- (uncountable, climbing) A white powdery substance used to prevent hands slipping from holds when climbing, sometimes but not always limestone-chalk.
- (US, military, countable) A platoon-sized group of airborne soldiers.
- (US, sports, chiefly basketball) The prediction that there will be no upsets, and the favored competitor will win.
(third-person singular simple present chalks, present participle chalking, simple past and past participle chalked)
- To apply chalk to anything, such as the tip of a billiard cue.
- To record something, as on a blackboard, using chalk.
- To use powdered chalk to mark the lines on a playing field.
- (figuratively) To record a score or event, as if on a chalkboard.
- To manure (land) with chalk.
- To make white, as if with chalk; to make pale; to bleach.