from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British The game of checkers.
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- n. Plural form of draught.
- n. A board game for two players in which the players each have 20 pieces, known as men, and the object is to capture each of the opponent's pieces by jumping one's own pieces over the opponent's pieces. (See the Wikipedia page for the full rules of the game. There are various variants of the game.)
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of draught.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A mild vesicatory. See draught, n., 3 (c).
- n.pl. A game, now more commonly called checkers. See checkers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a checkerboard game for two players who each have 12 pieces; the object is to jump over and so capture the opponent's pieces
We have lived to see enacted on this land which we have claimed for Christian civilization, the feats that were deemed heroic, centuries ago by barbarians who could quench their rage only in draughts from the skulls of their slain foes.
The cell was so small that my legs, which are long, had to be tucked up almost under my chin; I could imagine that in hot weather the want of air would be oppressive, but though the sense of being so closely confined was disagreeable, the draughts from the ventilators seemed to play upon one almost excessively and I felt very cold.
With a whaleboat towing for steerage and as a precaution against back-draughts from the cliff, and taking advantage of a fan of breeze, he shook the Rattler full into it and glided by the big coral patch without warping.
That is to say the Regiment ate home collects recruits, trains them and sends 'them out in draughts to the Regiment abroad.
I complained, and was given another room where the draughts were the same, but I was without my coughing and hawking neighbour.
In the line of these currents of cold air, or "draughts" as they are usually called, it is impossible to experience any comfort -- quite the contrary; and colds, rheumatism, and many other serious maladies are brought on through this abundant supply of fresh air in the wrong way and place.
He came to criticise and remained to play a game of "draughts," as he called them, with
In this highly heated state our governess was, of course, sensitive to the smallest inlet of cooler air, and "draughts" were accordingly her abhorrence.
_ -- Take any game played by two persons, such as draughts, and let the play be as follows: each plays his best for himself, and follows it by playing the worst he can for the other.
The life is very monotonous; and the only amusement they have is fishing, with reading and a few games, such as draughts and chess.