Free Dictionary

Free Dictionary

Home ×
Link Link Link Link

Search Result for "chalk line":
Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a chalked string used in the building trades to make a straight line on a vertical surface;
[syn: chalk line, snap line, snapline]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Chalk \Chalk\ (ch[add]k), n. [AS. cealc lime, from L. calx limestone. See Calz, and Cawk.] 1. (Min.) A soft, earthy substance, of a white, grayish, or yellowish white color, consisting of calcium carbonate, and having the same composition as common limestone. [1913 Webster] 2. (Fine Arts) Finely prepared chalk, used as a drawing implement; also, by extension, a compound, as of clay and black lead, or the like, used in the same manner. See Crayon. [1913 Webster] Black chalk, a mineral of a bluish color, of a slaty texture, and soiling the fingers when handled; a variety of argillaceous slate. By a long chalk, by a long way; by many degrees. [Slang] --Lowell. Chalk drawing (Fine Arts), a drawing made with crayons. See Crayon. Chalk formation. See Cretaceous formation, under Cretaceous. Chalk line, a cord rubbed with chalk, used for making straight lines on boards or other material, as a guide in cutting or in arranging work. Chalk mixture, a preparation of chalk, cinnamon, and sugar in gum water, much used in diarrheal affection, esp. of infants. Chalk period. (Geol.) See Cretaceous period, under Cretaceous. Chalk pit, a pit in which chalk is dug. Drawing chalk. See Crayon, n., 1. French chalk, steatite or soapstone, a soft magnesian mineral. Red chalk, an indurated clayey ocher containing iron, and used by painters and artificers; reddle. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

chalk line \chalk" line`\ (ch[add]k" l[imac]n`), n. 1. a string impregnated with powdered chalk, used in construction to mark a straight line on a surface, such as a wall. The string is held taut on the surface between the two end points of the line to be made, the center of the line is drawn away from the surface, and the string is released and snapped against the surface, leaving a line of chalk in the desired location. [PJC] 2. the line of chalk on a surface left by a chalk line[1]. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

chalk line n 1: a chalked string used in the building trades to make a straight line on a vertical surface [syn: chalk line, snap line, snapline]