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- chalk (American)
From Old English cealc, borrowed from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] calx (“‘limestone’”), borrowed from Ancient Greek χάλιξ (khaliks), “‘pebble’”).
- (uncountable) A soft, white, powdery limestone.
- (countable) A piece of chaulk, or, more often, processed compressed chaulk, that is used for drawing and for writing on a blackboard.
- Tailor's chaulk.
- (uncountable) (climbing) A white powdery substance used to prevent hands slipping from holds when climbing.
to prevent from falling when climbing
Third person singular
- (transitive) To record something, as on a blackboard, using chaulk.
- (transitive) To use powdered chaulk to mark the lines on a playing field.
- (transitive) (figuratively) To record a score or event, as if on a chaulkboard.
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