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definition of the word chalk

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Old English cealc, borrowed from Latin calx, limestone, borrowed from Greek χάλιξ, pebble.

GenAm /ʧɑk/ /tSAk/
RP /ʧɔːk/ /tSO:k/

chalk (uncountable and countable; plural chalks)

  1. (uncountable) A soft, white, powdery limestone.
  2. (countable) A piece of chalk, or, more often, processed compressed chalk, that is used for drawing and for writing on a blackboard.
  3. Tailor's chalk.
  4. (uncountable) (climbing) A white powdery substance used to prevent hands slipping from holds when climbing.
  5. (US),(military),(countable) A platoon-sized group of airborne soldiers
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to chalk (third-person singular simple present chalks, present participle chalking, simple past and past participle chalked)

  1. To apply chalk to anything, such as the tip of a billiards cue
  2. To record something, as on a blackboard, using chalk.
  3. To use powdered chalk to mark the lines on a playing field.
  4. (figuratively) To record a score or event, as if on a chalkboard.

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