- Also called, British, draughts.(used with a singular verb)a game played by two persons, each with 12 playing pieces, on a checkerboard.
- (in a regenerative furnace) loosely stacked brickwork through which furnace gases and incoming air are passed in turn, so that the heat of the exhaust is absorbed and later transferred to the incoming air.
verb (used with object)
Origin of checker1
Origin of checker2
Related Words for checkerdetective, monitor, investigator, auditor, controller, patchwork, inspector, appraiser, interrogator, inquisitor, sleuth, overseer, reviewer, tester, scrutinizer, assessor, plaid, variegation, motley, tessellation
Examples from the Web for checker
Historical Examples of checker
"That's the checker, my boy," said Yellow Pine, when he saw the fish.Two Arrows
William O. Stoddard
Frankston, with a violent gesture, swept the checker board clean.Homesick
The checker pigs had checker bibs on, the striped pigs had striped bibs on.Rootabaga Stories
"That's the checker," she said, and disappeared with a click of the tongue.A Spoil of Office
As he handed them to the checker, he looked casually around.The Penal Cluster
Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
noun mainly US and Canadian
mid-13c., "game of chess (or checkers);" c.1300, "a chessboard, board with 64 squares for playing chess or similar games; a set of chessmen" a shortening of Old French eschequier "chessboard; a game of chess," from Medieval Latin scaccarium (see check (n.)).
Meaning "pattern of squares" is late 14c. Meaning "a man or marker in the game of checkers" is from 1864. British prefers chequer. From late 14c. as "a checked design." The word had earlier senses of "table covered with checked cloth for counting" (late 12c. in Anglo-Latin), a sense also in Old French (see checker (n.2)).
"table covered with a checked cloth," specialized sense of checker (n.1), late 14c. (in Anglo-Latin from c.1300); especially a table for counting money or keeping accounts (revenue reckoned with counters); later extended to "the fiscal department of the English Crown; the Exchequer (mid-14c.; in Anglo-Latin from late 12c.).