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 for chalk line
From 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
        [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]
     Chalk drawing (Fine Arts), a drawing made with crayons. See
     Chalk formation. See Cretaceous formation, under
     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
     Chalk period. (Geol.) See Cretaceous period, under
     Chalk pit, a pit in which chalk is dug.
     Drawing chalk. See Crayon, n., 1.
     French chalk, steatite or soapstone, a soft magnesian
     Red chalk, an indurated clayey ocher containing iron, and
        used by painters and artificers; reddle.
        [1913 Webster]

From 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.
     2. the line of chalk on a surface left by a chalk line[1].

From 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]

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