1 [chuhngk]
a thick mass or lump of anything: a chunk of bread; a chunk of firewood.
Informal. a thick-set and strong person.
a strong and stoutly built horse or other animal.
a substantial amount of something: Rent is a real chunk out of my pay.
verb (used with object)
to cut, break, or form into chunks: Chunk that wedge of cheese and put the pieces on a plate.
to remove a chunk or chunks from (often followed by out ): Storms have chunked out the road.
verb (used without object)
to form, give off, or disintegrate into chunks: My tires have started to chunk.

1685–95; nasalized variant of chuck2

1. hunk, piece, wad, gob. Unabridged


2 [chuhngk]
verb (used with object) South Midland and Southern U.S.
to toss or throw; chuck: chunking pebbles at the barn door.
to make or rekindle (a fire) by adding wood, coal, etc., or by stoking (sometimes followed by up ).

1825–35, Americanism; perhaps nasalized variant of chuck1 Unabridged
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chunk (tʃʌŋk)
1.  a thick solid piece, as of meat, wood, etc
2.  a considerable amount
[C17: variant of chuck²]

chunking (ˈtʃʌŋkɪŋ)
psychol the grouping together of a number of items by the mind, after which they can be remembered as a single item, such as a word or a musical phrase

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Main Entry:  chunking2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a method of presenting information in small pieces or "chunks" to make reading and understanding faster and easier, using such methods as bulleted lists, short subheadings, or short sentences with one or two ideas per sentence
Example:  Chunking allows material to be presented consistently from page to page, so users can apply previous knowledge of page layout and navigation and focus on the content rather than the presentation.
Etymology:  by 2005
Main Entry:  chunking1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a method of separating out and selling pieces of books, strictly for monetization
Example:  More conventionally, at least in a "chunking" sense, are the efforts of McGraw Hill to sell single chapters of technical titles in the chemistry area.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

1691, variant of chuck (n.); meaning "large amount" is 1889. Verb meaning "to throw" is 1835, Amer.Eng.
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Example sentences
At various mileages, the subject tires may develop and exhibit tread chunking
  or cracking in the tread shoulder area.
Suggests using referents, chunking, and unitizing as optional ways to present
Chunking is nothing more than breaking your text into manageable sections.
Chunking enables you to process large sets of data more efficiently by breaking
  them into subsets or smaller units of work.
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