Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One of the floorboards of a pontoon bridge.
  • noun Any of several species of brome, especially Bromus secalinus.
  • noun A board game for two players, each beginning with 16 pieces of six kinds that are moved according to individual rules, with the objective of checkmating the opposing king.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A very ancient game played by two persons or parties with thirty-two pieces on a checkered board divided into sixty-four squares.
  • noun One of the planks forming the roadway of a military bridge.
  • noun The common name in the United States of several species of Bromus, especially B. secalinus, which bears some resemblance to oats, and is frequently more or less abundant as a weed in wheat-fields. Also called cheat.
  • noun An obsolete variant of chase.
  • noun Obsolete form jess.
  • noun Dice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A game played on a chessboard, by two persons, with two differently colored sets of men, sixteen in each set. Each player has a king, a queen, two bishops, two knights, two castles or rooks, and eight pawns.
  • noun (Bot.), United States A species of brome grass (Bromus secalinus) which is a troublesome weed in wheat fields, and is often erroneously regarded as degenerate or changed wheat; it bears a very slight resemblance to oats, and if reaped and ground up with wheat, so as to be used for food, is said to produce narcotic effects; -- called also cheat and Willard's bromus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun now chiefly US A type of grass, generally considered a weed.
  • noun military One of the platforms, consisting of two or more planks dowelled together, for the flooring of a temporary military bridge.
  • noun A board game for two players with each beginning with sixteen chess pieces moving according to fixed rules across a chessboard with the objective to checkmate the opposing king.

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

  • noun weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheat
  • noun a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king

Etymologies

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

[Middle English ches, tier, perhaps from Old French chasse, frame, from Latin capsa, box.]

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

[Origin unknown.]

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

[Middle English ches, short for Old French esches, pl. of eschec, check in chess; see check.]

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Origin uncertain; perhaps linked to Etymology 1, above, from the sense of being arranged in rows or lines.

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Compare French chassis ("a framework of carpentry").

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From Old French eschés, plural of eschec, from Vulgar Latin *scaccus, from Arabic شاه (šāh, "king in chess"), from Persian شاه (šāh, "shah, king"), from Middle Persian 𐭱𐭠𐭤 (šāh), from Old Persian 𐏋 (xšāyaθiya).

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