- a soft, white, powdery limestone consisting chiefly of fossil shells of foraminifers.
- a prepared piece of chalk or chalklike substance for marking, as a blackboard crayon.
- a mark made with chalk.
- a score or tally.
- to mark or write with chalk.
- to rub over or whiten with chalk.
- to treat or mix with chalk: to chalk a billiard cue.
- to make pale; blanch: Terror chalked her face.
- (of paint) to powder from weathering.
- of, made of, or drawn with chalk.
- chalk up,
- to score or earn: They chalked up two runs in the first inning.
- to charge or ascribe to: It was a poor performance, but may be chalked up to lack of practice.
Origin of chalk
Examples from the Web for chalking
That includes Palin's crosshairs map, which Mitchell says he "didn't think much about," chalking it up to "politics."Palin's Other Arizona 'Targets'
January 10, 2011
Cynics have long derided the supposed lottery curse as a fraud, chalking it up to inflated media coverage of such deaths.Lotto Death Curse
February 19, 2010
The work was not fine; we laid it out by chalking around a small plate.Quilts
Marie D. Webster
He went on, therefore, chalking out Lovel's literary career for him.The Antiquary, Complete
Sir Walter Scott
Here and there a man was chalking crosses on his gate or shutters.The White Terror and The Red
They were chalking Vive Napolon upon the pavements and walls.The Life of Roger Langdon
He was now chalking his cue, and his eyes had an excited glitter.Johnstone of the Border
- a soft fine-grained white sedimentary rock consisting of nearly pure calcium carbonate, containing minute fossil fragments of marine organisms, usually without a cementing material
- a piece of chalk or a substance like chalk, often coloured, used for writing and drawing on a blackboard
- a line, mark, etc made with chalk
- billiards snooker a small cube of prepared chalk or similar substance for rubbing the tip of a cue
- British a score, tally, or record
- as alike as chalk and cheese or as different as chalk and cheese informal totally different in essentials
- by a long chalk British informal by far
- can't tell chalk from cheese or doesn't know chalk from cheese to be unable to judge or appreciate important differences
- not by a long chalk British informal by no means; not possibly
- (modifier) made of chalk
- to draw or mark (something) with chalk
- (tr) to mark, rub, or whiten with or as if with chalk
- (intr) (of paint) to become chalky; powder
- (tr) to spread chalk on (land) as a fertilizer
Word Origin and History for chalking
1570s, "to mix with chalk;" 1590s as "to mark with chalk," from chalk (n.). Related: Chalked; chalking. Old English had cealcian "to whiten." Certain chalk marks on shipped objects meant "admitted" or "shipped free," hence some figurative senses. Chalk boards also were commonly used in keeping credit, score, etc., hence figurative use of chalk it up (1903).
Old English cealc "chalk, lime, plaster; pebble," a West Germanic borrowing from Latin calx (2) "limestone, lime (crushed limestone), small stone," from Greek khalix "small pebble," which many trace to a PIE root for "split, break up." In most Germanic languages still with the "limestone" sense, but in English transferred to the opaque, white, soft limestone found abundantly in the south of the island. Modern spelling is from early 14c. The Latin word for "chalk" was creta, which also is of unknown origin.
- A soft, white, gray, or yellow limestone consisting mainly of calcium carbonate and formed primarily from the accumulation of fossil microorganisms such as foraminifera and calcareous algae. Chalk is used in making lime, cement, and fertilizers, and as a whitening pigment in ceramics, paints, and cosmetics. The chalk used in classrooms is usually artificial.