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checkerboard

[chek-er-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈtʃɛk ərˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun, Also called, British, draughtboard (for def 1).
1.
a board marked off into 64 squares of two alternating colors, arranged in eight vertical and eight horizontal rows, on which checkers or chess is played.
2.
a design resembling this:
The garden was laid out in a checkerboard.
verb (used with object)
3.
to arrange in or mark with a checkerboard pattern:
a wall checkerboarded with black and white tiles.
Origin of checkerboard
1765-1775
First recorded in 1765-75; checker1 + board
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  • The checkerboard feller was standing up when we opened the door.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "The same," says Montague, waving the starboard extension of the checkerboard.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • checkerboard patterns of brown and green grew larger and larger.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • It was lined off as precisely as a checkerboard, with counters, drawers, compartments.

    The Last Place on Earth James Judson Harmon
  • There is nothing of the checkerboard about it; the orderliness of a chess game is lacking.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
  • The checkerboard feller was standin up when we opened the door.

  • The streets lay parallel and at right angles like the lines on a checkerboard.

    Japan Various
  • What a checkerboard he had moved upon, and now the checkmate!

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for checkerboard

checkerboard

/ˈtʃɛkəˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a square board divided into 64 squares of alternating colours, used for playing checkers or chess Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) draughtboard
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