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

  • n. Variant of checker.
  • transitive v. Variant of checker.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of checker.
  • v. Alternative spelling of checker.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Same as checker.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A more recent spelling (in England) of checker.

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

  • v. variegate with different colors, shades, or patterns
  • v. mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
  • n. one of the flat round pieces used in playing the game of checkers


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  • After half an hour of the heaviest cannonade ever known, Wellington's faithful troops were threatened by an avalanche of cavalry, and promptly fell into the "chequer" disposition previously arranged for the most exposed division, that of Alten.

    The Life of Napoleon I (Volume 2 of 2)

  • Alten's division so that it might readily fall into the "chequer" pattern, which proved so effective against the French horsemen.

    The Life of Napoleon I (Volume 2 of 2)

  • Next to taxes, what they seem to abhor the most is a spell chequer.

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  • Summer: in the south west of France for the May half term; at the uplifting madness that was the Secret Garden Festival please note my boyfriend's chequer board haircut which seemed like an inspired idea after a few cocktails; driving up the M11 and being dazzled by the fields of rapeseed coming into bloom; in Cumbria for our summer holidays, bird spotting with the binoculars.

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  • Lucien was living from hand to mouth, spending his money as fast as he made it, like many another journalist; nor did he give so much as a thought to those periodically recurrent days of reckoning which chequer the life of the bohemian in Paris so sadly.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • This comfort surely is owing to me; for if life is no worse than chequer-work, I must now have a little white to come, having seen nothing but black, all unchequered dismal black, for a great, great while.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • He perceived they were entering the great theatre of his first appearance, the great theatre he had last seen as a chequer-work of glare and blackness in his flight from the red police.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • My chequer tolled me sew. posted by Heo at 6:27 AM

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • I would rise from my book and pull the blind aside, and see the snow and the glittering hollies chequer a Scotch garden, and the winter moonlight brighten the white hills.

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  • How to describe the beauty of the streets to you! — the fantastic splendour; the variety of the houses, and archways, and hanging roofs, and balconies, and porches; the delightful accidents of light and shade which chequer them: the noise, the bustle, the brilliancy of the crowd; the interminable vast bazaars with their barbaric splendour.

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo


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    August 11, 2012