There are 2 definitions of chunk in English:

chunk1

Syllabification: chunk
Pronunciation: /CHəNGk
 
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noun

  • 1A thick, solid piece of something: huge chunks of masonry littered the street
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    • The pieces of rabbit were brown and almost crispy on the outside, encasing solid chunks of nicely roasted meat.
    • The salad was a sad little remnant of a 1980s salad made mostly of iceberg lettuce, thick chunks of onion and thicker chunks of cucumber.
    • The thick meaty sauce with chunks of beef and pork was delicious.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 [in singular] An amount or part of something: fuel takes a large chunk of their small income
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    • Michael has given them a chunk of capital amounting to about £500,000 between them.
    • The advent of the private finance initiative has made trust managements even more conscious of the need to keep a lid on pay, because a chunk of their budget goes to the companies that build and maintain the buildings.
    • Even before households decide what to do with their federal tax breaks, cash-strapped states and localities are claiming a chunk of that change.

verb

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  • 1North American Divide (something) into chunks: chunk four pounds of pears
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    • An equilibrium culture was obtained by chunking a block of agar containing worms from an old plate onto a new plate seeded with bacteria once every 3-4 days over a period of 1 month.
    • Start with 2 cups of sliced or chunked firm radishes.
    • In addition to chunking time, historians also need to chunk space, focusing on specific areas of the world as well as on specific periods.
  • 1.1(In psychology or linguistic analysis) group together (connected items or words) so that they can be stored or processed as single concepts.
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    • Information that is chunked and linked is easier to remember, and to learn with songs and patterns.
    • He obviously couldn't chunk even Spanish words into pronounceable blocks.
    • George Miller, a pioneer in the study of cognitive psychology and memory, suggested that this ‘something more’ often consists of the process of chunking.

Origin

late 17th century: apparently an alteration of chuck3.

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Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody

There are 2 definitions of chunk in English:

chunk2

Syllabification: chunk
Pronunciation: /
 
CHəNGk/

verb

[no object] chiefly North American
  • Move with or make a muffled, metallic sound: the door chunked behind them
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    • I wasn't used to the heavy shoes and this became evident when my leg flew out sideways and chunked into a young lady's shin.
    • The waterwheel distantly chunked and gurgled.
    • The door chunked behind them.

Origin

late 19th century: imitative.

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