Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Work consisting of or showing checkers, varied alternately by colour or material.
  • n. Any aggregate of varied vicissitudes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Work consisting of or showing checkers varied alternately as to colors or materials.
  • n. Any aggregate of varied vicissitudes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any pattern of which the general effect is that of alternating squares of different colors.
  • n. In a regenerative furnace or water-gas plant, a mass of loose bricks inclosed in an upright cylindrical chamber and loosely piled in alternate layers to form an open mass.

Etymologies

checker +‎ work (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On another day, in order to see a series of dam collapses that had forced the evacuation of more than a dozen villages, I rode on the back of a motorcycle along a maze of embankments framing a checkerwork of paddy fields that glinted in the steamy rain.

    Waterworld

  • On his wise shoulders through the checkerwork of leaves the sun flung spangles, dancing coins.

    Ulysses

  • And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits: and nets of checkerwork, and wreaths of chainwork, for the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.

    1 Kings 7.

  • Chicago, like more and more of Abidjan, is a slum in the bush: a checkerwork of corrugated zinc roofs and walls made of cardboard and black plastic wrap.

    The Coming Anarchy

  • She paused for a moment, hating the silent checkerwork of moonlight and shadow in the room outside and sensing through her skin the shortness of time.

    The Silent Tower

  • Fuel in the form of coke, breeze or small coal2 is then spread between the checkerwork bricks, covering the latter with a layer at least 20 cm thick.

    Chapter 10

  • A flat, dry area of land is first chosen, and a checkerwork pattern of spaced out, already burnt bricks laid down over an area of approximately 15 m by 12 m.

    Chapter 10

  • As the sag lengthened and the checkerwork grew higher, the work began to slow down: They began to lose the time they had gained.

    First Lensman

  • "Eight foot checkerwork to the hangin ', anyway, huh?"

    First Lensman

  • You muckers, rig a couple of skoufers to throw muck to bury the base and checkerwork up to the hanging wall.

    First Lensman

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