Definitions

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

  • 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.
  • noun One of the floorboards of a pontoon bridge.
  • noun Any of several species of brome, especially Bromus secalinus.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete variant of chase.
  • noun One of the planks forming the roadway of a military bridge.
  • noun Obsolete form jess.
  • noun Dice.
  • 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 A very ancient game played by two persons or parties with thirty-two pieces on a checkered board divided into sixty-four squares.

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 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.
  • noun military One of the platforms, consisting of two or more planks dowelled together, for the flooring of a temporary military bridge.

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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