Share this entry

chalk
American English: /tʃɔk/
British English: /tʃɔːk/

Translation of chalk in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 uncountable (Geology) to be as different as chalk and cheese (British English)
    ser (como) la noche y el día or (como) el día y la noche
    (before noun) chalk soil
    tierra (feminine) caliza or calcárea
    Example sentences
    • The coccolithophorids range in age from Triassic to Recent, and form a major constituent of Mesozoic and Tertiary chalks.
    • Pore-filling cementation is also common during the diagenesis of chalks, resulting in rapid porosity loss.
    • The cited examples are all interpreted as large-scale erosional scour-channels, variously associated with cemented hardgrounds, conglomeratic and nodular chalks, and debris.
  • 2 countable or uncountable 2.1 (for writing) a piece of chalk
    una tiza
    un gis (Mexico)
    chalk and talk (British English)
    enseñanza (feminine) tradicional (con profesor y pizarra)
    not by a long chalk (British English) [colloquial] she's the best candidate by a long chalk
    Example sentences
    • I turned quickly and grabbed a piece of chalk off the black board on one of the walls.
    • I knew white farmers whose idea of education for black children was a blackboard, a few sticks of chalk and a chair for an untrained teacher.
    • This exhibition features drawings in mixed media chalk, charcoal and graphite drawings on paper which have evolved from studies of the Achill landscape.
    2.2 (in billiards)

transitive verb

  • 1
    (billiard cue)
    entizar
    Example sentences
    • Former world champion Steve Davis chalks his cue as the UK Snooker Championships got under way today at York's Barbican Centre.
    • Regulars at the Pattern Store Bar in Penzance Drive, Swindon are chalking their cues ready for the visit of the former World Champion snooker player on Wednesday, February 26.
    • But those of a literary bent were quick to realise the identity of the mystery guest, thoughtfully chalking his cue as he sought to get out of a snooker.
  • 2 (write with chalk)
    escribir con tiza or (Mexico) gis
    Example sentences
    • To get the latest news, thousands would flock to the newspaper offices themselves, arrayed along Park Row near city hall, to watch the headlines get chalked up on giant blackboards.
    • The latest incarnation looks every part the French bistro, from the wooden floor and chairs and prints on the wall to the fresh flowers on the table and blackboards chalked up with dishes to tempt even the most iron-willed of dieters.
    • As a way of reminding and motivating students, you can see chalked on blackboards in most classrooms countdowns of the days to the examination and some encouraging words.
    Example sentences
    • People were chalking messages over the square.
    • In retaliation she had chalked her own message pointing at her neighbour's house and when she saw she had got her view across, she went to wash it off.
    • McQueen has had notoriously bad relationships with his bosses - he used to chalk obscene messages onto the linings of suits he was tailoring in Savile Row.

Phrasal verbs

chalk up

1verb + adverb + object 1.1 (write on blackboard) 1.2
(win/success)
apuntarse
anotarse
2verb + object + adverb (charge) [colloquial]to chalk something up to somebody
anotar algo en la cuenta de alguien

Definition of chalk in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score: