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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chalknoun

    a soft whitish calcite

  2. chalknoun

    a pure flat white with little reflectance

  3. methamphetamine, methamphetamine hydrochloride, Methedrine, meth, deoxyephedrine, chalk, chicken feed, crank, glass, ice, shabu, trashnoun

    an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant

  4. chalkverb

    a piece of calcite or a similar substance, usually in the shape of a crayon, that is used to write or draw on blackboards or other flat surfaces

  5. chalkverb

    write, draw, or trace with chalk


  1. chalknoun

    A soft, white, powdery limestone.

  2. chalknoun

    A piece of chalk, or, more often, processed compressed chalk, that is used for drawing and for writing on a blackboard.

  3. chalknoun

    Tailor's chalk.

  4. chalknoun

    A white powdery substance used to prevent hands slipping from holds when climbing, sometimes but not always limestone-chalk.

  5. chalknoun

    A platoon-sized group of airborne soldiers.

  6. chalknoun

    The prediction that there will be no upsets, and the favored competitor will win.

  7. chalkverb

    To apply chalk to anything, such as the tip of a billiards cue

  8. chalkverb

    To record something, as on a blackboard, using chalk.

  9. chalkverb

    To use powdered chalk to mark the lines on a playing field.

  10. chalkverb

    To record a score or event, as if on a chalkboard.

  11. Etymology: From cealc, borrowed from calx, borrowed from χάλιξ

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHALKnoun

    Chalk is a white fossile, usually reckoned a stone, but by some ranked among the boles. It is used in medicine as an absorbent, and is celebrated for curing the heartburn. Ephraim Chambers

    Etymology: cealc; cealcstan, Sax. calck, Welch.

    He maketh all the stones of the altar as chalk stones, that are beaten in sunder. Isaiah, xxvii. 9.

    Chalk is of two sorts; the hard, dry, strong chalk, which is best for lime; and a soft, unctuous chalk, which is best for lands, because it easily dissolves with rain and frost. John Mortimer.

    With chalk I first describe a circle here,
    Where these ethereal spirits must appear. Dryden.

  2. To Chalkverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Land that is chalked, if it is not well dunged, will receive but little benefit from a second chalking. John Mortimer.

    Being not prompt by ancestry, whose grace
    Chalks successours their way. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    His own mind chalked out to him the just proportions and measures of behaviour to his fellow creatures. South.

    With these helps I might at least have chalked out a way for others, to amend my errours in a like design. Dryden.

    The time falls within the compass here chalked out by nature, very punctually. John Woodward, Natural History.


  1. Chalk

    Chalk is a soft, white, porous, sedimentary carbonate rock. It is a form of limestone composed of the mineral calcite and originally formed deep under the sea by the compression of microscopic plankton that had settled to the sea floor. Chalk is common throughout Western Europe, where deposits underlie parts of France, and steep cliffs are often seen where they meet the sea in places such as the Dover cliffs on the Kent coast of the English Channel. Chalk is mined for use in industry, such as for quicklime, bricks and builder's putty, and in agriculture, for raising pH in soils with high acidity. It is also used for "blackboard chalk" for writing and drawing on various types of surfaces, although these can also be manufactured from other carbonate-based minerals, or gypsum.


  1. chalk

    Chalk is a type of soft, white, porous sedimentary rock mainly composed of calcium carbonate. It is formed from the microscopic shells of marine plankton and is often used for writing on blackboards, for making sidewalk art, in gymnastics and weightlifting for the hands, and in various other applications. It may also refer to any substance used for marking, typically in stick form, irrespective of color or composition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chalknoun

    a soft, earthy substance, of a white, grayish, or yellowish white color, consisting of calcium carbonate, and having the same composition as common limestone

  2. Chalknoun

    finely prepared chalk, used as a drawing implement; also, by extension, a compound, as of clay and black lead, or the like, used in the same manner. See Crayon

  3. Chalkverb

    to rub or mark with chalk

  4. Chalkverb

    to manure with chalk, as land

  5. Chalkverb

    to make white, as with chalk; to make pale; to bleach

  6. Etymology: [AS. cealc lime, from L. calx limestone. See Calz, and Cawk.]


  1. Chalk

    Chalk is a soft, white, porous sedimentary rock, a form of limestone composed of the mineral calcite. Calcite is calcium carbonate or CaCO3. It forms under reasonably deep marine conditions from the gradual accumulation of minute calcite plates shed from micro-organisms called coccolithophores. It is common to find chert or flint nodules embedded in chalk. Chalk can also refer to other compounds including magnesium silicate and calcium sulfate. Chalk has greater resistance to weathering and slumping than the clays with which it is usually associated, thus forming tall steep cliffs where chalk ridges meet the sea. Chalk hills, known as chalk downland, usually form where bands of chalk reach the surface at an angle, so forming a scarp slope. Because chalk is porous it can hold a large volume of ground water, providing a natural reservoir that releases water slowly through dry seasons.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chalk

    chawk, n. the well-known white substance, a carbonate of lime.—v.t. to rub or manure with chalk.—v.i. to mark with chalk: in a tavern, to write the score with chalk.—ns. Chalk′iness; Chalk′-pit, a pit in which chalk is dug; Chalk′-stone, a stone or piece of chalk: (pl.) the white concretions formed round the joints in chronic gout.—adj. Chalk′y.—Chalk for cheese, a small price for a good article.—Chalking the door, in Scotland, a form of warning tenants to remove from burghal tenements.—Chalk out, to trace out, as with chalk, to plan.—By a long chalk, by a considerable distance, referring to the habit of scoring with chalk. [A.S. cealc, like Fr. chaux, is from L. calx, limestone.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. chalk

    A deposit found at the top, bottom and middle and in the space between the bottom and middle and between the middle and top of American literature. (Chalk-line, used generally in the phrase, "to walk a chalk-line"; _E. g._, the shortest way to reach the poor-house is to walk the chalk-line of probity).

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CHALK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Chalk is ranked #10079 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Chalk surname appeared 3,198 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Chalk.

    72.7% or 2,325 total occurrences were White.
    17.8% or 571 total occurrences were Black.
    5.1% or 163 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 72 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 51 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 16 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chalk in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chalk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of chalk in a Sentence

  1. Tim Hoyt:

    It was my arm that went first, my right arm, right hand got very weak, I couldn't hold the chalk to the blackboard. It's now progressed to (my) left arm. Both arms and hands are useless. I'm still walking, though I'm weak.

  2. David Eisenbud:

    I discovered it when I went to visit the University of Tokyo years ago and one of the professors there... said to me,' David Eisenbud know, we actually have better chalk than David Eisenbud do in the States,' i said,' Oh, go on, chalk is chalk... I was surprised to find that he was right.'.

  3. Brian Conrad:

    I referred to it as a chalk apocalypse.

  4. David Eisenbud:

    The legend around this chalk is that it's impossible to write a false theorem using the chalk, but I think I've disproved that many times.

  5. Joe Tacopina:

    I’ve said all along, if he had just come out and said, ‘Yeah, I did. So what?’ And just chalk that up to another one of the things on his list of minor scandals, he gets through, but she went into great detail about her one-night stand with him. What else can she say? There is nothing else to tell.

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