from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of check.
  • n. The act of physically keeping an opposing player in check.
  • n. A checking account.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lines engraved on certain portions of a gun-stock, enabling one to grasp it more surely.
  • n. The assembling of the parts of a checked joint.
  • n. In agriculture, the planting of seeds or plants at regular distances apart in the row or line, to allow of cultivation both ways, instead of drilling in a continuous or ‘solid’ row.


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  • It's also an activity familiar to those with OCD.

    February 15, 2012

  • I believe that checking is a form of blocking in ice hockey. So as to hold a player in check.

    February 15, 2012