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

  • n. One, such as an inspector or examiner, that checks.
  • n. One that receives items for temporary safekeeping or for shipment: a baggage checker.
  • n. A game played on a checkerboard by two players, each using 12 pieces.
  • n. One of the round flat pieces used in this game.
  • n. A pattern of checks or squares.
  • n. One of the squares in such a pattern.
  • n. A cashier.
  • transitive v. To mark with a checked or squared pattern.
  • transitive v. To diversify (something) in color, shading, or character; variegate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who checks something.
  • n. The clerk who tallies cost of purchases and accepts payment.
  • n. A playing piece in the game of checkers (British: draughts).
  • v. To mark in a pattern of alternating light and dark spots, like a checkerboard.
  • v. To develop markings in a pattern of alternating light and dark spots, like a checkerboard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who checks.
  • n. A piece in the game of draughts or checkers.
  • n. A pattern in checks; a single check.
  • n. Checkerwork.
  • transitive v. To mark with small squares like a checkerboard, as by crossing stripes of different colors.
  • transitive v. To variegate or diversify with different qualities, colors, scenes, or events; esp., to subject to frequent alternations of prosperity and adversity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mark or decorate with squares of alternate color, like a checker-board; mark with different colors.
  • Figuratively, to variegate with different qualities, scenes, or events; diversify; impart variety to; give a character of both good and evil or happiness and unhappiness to.
  • n. A checker-board; a chess-board. See checker-board.
  • n. The game of chess.
  • n. plural A game played with twenty-four pieces or men on a board divided into sixty-four checks or squares.
  • n. A piece or man in the game of checkers.
  • n. A treasury; a court or bureau of revenue; an exchequer (which see).
  • n. A check-roll or list.
  • n. One of the squares of a checkered pattern; the pattern itself.
  • n. One of a number of spots giving to a surface a checkered appearance.
  • n. plural In architecture, stones in the facings of walls which have all their joints continued in straight lines without interruption or breaking of joints, thus presenting the appearance of checker-work.
  • n. An inn the sign-board of which was marked with checkers, probably to announce that draughts and backgammon were played within. Several houses marked with signs of this kind have been exhumed in Pompeii.
  • n. One who checks, in any sense of the word.
  • n. One of many spots or markings, somewhat triangular in shape, on the wings of a pigeon.

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

  • n. one of the flat round pieces used in playing the game of checkers
  • n. one who checks the correctness of something
  • v. mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
  • v. variegate with different colors, shades, or patterns
  • n. an attendant who checks coats or baggage


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

Middle English cheker, chessboard, alteration of escheker, from Old French eschequier, from eschec, check in chess; see check.



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