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See also: Chalk
- chaulk (dated)
From Middle English chalk, chalke, from Old English ċealc, from Proto-West Germanic *kalk, borrowed from Latin calx (“limestone”), again borrowed from Ancient Greek χάλιξ (khálix, “pebble”). Doublet of calx and cauk.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /t͡ʃɔːk/
- (General American) enPR: chôk, IPA(key): /t͡ʃɔk/
- (cot–caught merger, Inland Northern American) IPA(key): /t͡ʃɑk/
- Homophone: chock
- Rhymes: -ɔːk
- (uncountable) A soft, white, powdery limestone (calcium carbonate, CaCO3).
- chalk cliffs are not recommended for climbing
- (countable) A piece of chalk, or nowadays processed compressed gypsum (calcium sulfate, CaSO4), that is used for drawing and for writing on a blackboard (chalkboard).
- the chalk used to write on the blackboard makes a squeaky sound
- Tailor's chalk.
- (uncountable, climbing, gymnastics) A white powdery substance used to prevent hands slipping from holds when climbing, or losing grip in weight-lifting or gymnastics, sometimes but not always limestone-chalk, often magnesium carbonate (MgCO3).
- when working out your next move, it's a good idea to get some more chalk from the bag
- (US, military, countable) A platoon-sized group of airborne soldiers.
- (US, sports, chiefly basketball, horseracing) The favorite in a sporting event.
- (US, sports, chiefly basketball) The prediction that there will be no upsets, and the favored competitor will win.
- 1982 March 22, Phil Musick, “And the pick here is - Georgetown over Houston”, in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, page 13:
- OK, let's get rid of the chalk players right away. The chalk likes North Carolina. Dean Smith has taken Carolina to the Final Four six times.
- 1995 April 6, “Notes on a Scorecard”, in Los Angeles Times, page C3:
- Excuse us for sticking with the chalk, but the predicted winners are Afternoon Deelites in the Derby, Oliver McCall over Larry Holmes, Nick Faldo in the Masters, and Al Unser Jr. in the Grand Prix.
- 2008 March 24, Jason Bauman, “Non-news of the week: Obama picks North Carolina”, in Beacon-News, Aurora, Illinois:
- Instead, he played the chalk and selected the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.
- ball of chalk
- black chalk
- Briançon chalk
- by a long chalk
- chalk and cheese
- chalk and talk
- chalk bag
- chalk box
- chalk eater
- chalk-eating weasel
- Chalk Farm
- chalk fish
- chalk for cheese
- chalk line
- chalk mixture
- chalk player
- chalk stream
- chalk talk
- different as chalk and cheese
- French chalk
- hair chalk
- pavement chalk
- red chalk
- sidewalk chalk
- Spanish chalk
- walk the chalk
- walk the chalk line
- walk the chalk mark
- → Hindi: चाक (cāk)
- → Japanese: チャコ (chako), チョーク (chōku)
- → Nepali: चक (cak)
- → Swahili: chaki
- → Swazi: íshóki
- → Thai: ชอล์ก (chɔ́k)
- → Tsonga: choko
- → Tulu: ಚಾಕ್ (cākŭ)
- → Yoruba: ṣọ́ọ̀kì
a soft, white, powdery limestone
a piece of chalk used for drawing and on a blackboard
tailor's chalk — see tailor's chalk
… prevent from falling when climbing
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- To apply chalk to anything, such as the tip of a billiard cue.
- chalk your hands before climbing
- 1944 January and February, Major J. C. F. Lloyd Williamson, “Ambulance Trains in Algeria and Tunisia”, in Railway Magazine, page 6:
- After a leg stretch, we set off again at 11:30 hours in charge of U.S.A. No. 1736 (Miss Ohio had been chalked on her), a 2-8-0 utility engine.
- To record something, as on a blackboard, using chalk.
- To use powdered chalk to mark the lines on a playing field.
- (figurative) To record a score or event, as if on a chalkboard.
- To manure (land) with chalk.
- 1821, Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), Transactions, volume 39, page 11:
- I then chalked the land at an expense of 4l. per acre, and planted potatoes, about ten bushels to the acre […]
- To make white, as if with chalk; to make pale; to bleach.
- , George Herbert, edited by [Nicholas Ferrar], The Temple: Sacred Poems, and Private Ejaculations, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: […] Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel; and are to be sold by Francis Green, […], →OCLC; reprinted London: Elliot Stock, […], 1885, →OCLC:
- Let a bleak paleness chalk the door.
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