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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A board on which chess and checkers are played, divided into 64 squares of two alternating colors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pattern of squares of alternating colours.
  • n. A board, usually square, covered with such a pattern; especially such a board with 64 squares, used to play chess and draughts / checkers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A board with sixty-four squares of alternate color, used for playing checkers, chess, or draughts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A board divided into sixty-four small squares, thirty-two of one color and thirty-two of another, and arranged so that no two of the same color are side by side, on which checkers and chess are played. Also called draught-board, chess-board.
  • n. In American foot-ball, a term sometimes applied to the field of play. See gridiron.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a board having 64 squares of two alternating colors
  • n. a board having 64 squares of two alternating colors

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Examples

  • "We know that the flashing checkerboard is a very salient stimulus for just the visual processing areas of the brain," she says.

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  • Because the land ownership was "checkerboard" - meaning the private property was interspersed with public parcels - its preservation will keep intact a much larger swath of the so-called Crown of the

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  • "If it resulted in the so-called checkerboard, that can't be optimal," Daniels said, adding that his preference is that the referendum be county by county, rather than township by township.

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  • The new works are buttressed by several older pieces, from a 1962 untitled checkerboard canvas to

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  • But unlike the newer-generation 3D TVs we've seen from Samsung and Panasonic, the Mitsubishi 3D sets, which use DLP technology, require 3D to be sent to the TV in the "checkerboard" format, where left and right images are packed into a single frame in a grid-like pattern.

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  • Because the land ownership was "checkerboard" – meaning the private property was interspersed with public parcels – its preservation will keep intact a much larger swath of the so-called Crown of the Continent, a region anchored by Glacier National Park.

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  • Because the land ownership was "checkerboard"– meaning the private property was interspersed with public parcels – its preservation will keep intact a much larger swath of the so-called Crown of the Continent, a region anchored by Glacier National Park.

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  • Other consequences included a series of financial crises in the late 1800's, meandering routes designed to maximize gov't land giveaways, and the "checkerboard" pattern of public/private land ownership which has complicated both development and conservation in the west.

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  • Court decisions, including an influential 1942 opinion by the United States Supreme Court, have held that there was a major shift in federal right of way granting policy in 1871, the year that the federal government ceased granting "checkerboard" land subsidies to railroads.

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  • Sandow gives an excellent exposition of the so-called "checkerboard" arrangement of the muscular fibers of the lower thoracic and abdominal regions, and in a brilliant light demonstrates his extraordinary power over his muscles, contracting muscles ordinarily involuntary in time with music, a feat really more remarkable than his exhibition of strength.

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