chalk
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cealc, from Latin calc-, calx lime; akin to Greek chalix pebble Date: before 12th century 1. a. 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 2. a. a mark made with chalk b. British a point scored in a game • chalky adjective II. verb Date: 1580 transitive verb 1. to write or draw with chalk 2. to rub or mark with chalk <
chalk a pool cue
>
3. a. to delineate roughly ; sketch <
chalk out a plan of attack
>
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
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Chalk — (ch[add]k), n. [AS. cealc lime, from L. calx limestone. See {Calz}, and {Cawk}.] 1. (Min.) A soft, earthy substance, of a white, grayish, or yellowish white color, consisting of calcium carbonate, and having the same composition as common… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chalk — [chôk] n. [ME < OE cealc < L calx, lime, limestone: see CALCIUM] 1. a white, gray, or yellowish limestone that is soft, porous, and easily pulverized, composed almost entirely of calcite from minute sea shells 2. any substance like chalk in …   English World dictionary

  • Chalk — Chalk, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chalked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chalking}.] 1. To rub or mark with chalk. [1913 Webster] 2. To manure with chalk, as land. Morimer. [1913 Webster] 3. To make white, as with chalk; to make pale; to bleach. Tennyson. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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