Chalk Definition

chalked, chalking, chalks
A white, gray, or yellowish limestone that is soft, porous, and easily pulverized, composed almost entirely of calcite from minute sea shells.
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Any substance like chalk in color, texture, etc.
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A piece of chalk or gypsum, often imbued with a pigment, used for drawing, writing on a blackboard, etc.
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A small cube of chalk used in rubbing the tip of a billiard or pool cue to increase its friction with the cue ball.
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A mark or line made with chalk.
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chalked, chalking, chalks
To become chalky or powdery, as a painted surface.
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To rub or smear with chalk; specif., to rub chalk on the tip of (a billiard cue)
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To write, draw, or mark with chalk.
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To treat with chalk; lime or fertilize (soil)
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To make pale.
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Made or drawn with chalk.
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Favored to win, place, or show.
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Betting on favorites only.
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chalk out
  • to mark out as with chalk
  • to outline; plan
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chalk up
  • to score, get, or achieve
  • to attribute or ascribe
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not by a long chalk
  • not by any means; not at all
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walk a chalk line
  • to behave with strict propriety or obedience
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Origin of Chalk

  • From Old English cealc, borrowed from Latin calx (“limestone”), borrowed from Ancient Greek χάλιξ (khaliks, “pebble”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English cealk from Latin calx calc- lime calx

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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