- 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)
- checkbook journalism,
- checked swing,
- checkered career
Origin of checker1
Origin of checker2
Examples from the Web for checkers
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They played chess and checkers with him, let him watch soccer matches on TV and eventually gave him a radio.
Three, in jump seats, were a combination of observers and checkers.
Thwarted Conquest: "I never said anything about checkers, old man!"
A field divided into squares or checkers formed checky, and when divided into what are now called lozenges it became lozengy.Heraldry for Craftsmen & Designers|William Henry St. John Hope
There was an accountant, the store clerk, two checkers who tallied ore brought up each shift.Man of Many Minds|E. Everett Evans
By the way, checkers on ale-house doors originated, I have been told, in a curious circumstance.Recollections of Old Liverpool|A Nonagenarian
You never can tell where a game of checkers will end, said Westy.Roy Blakeley, Lost, Strayed or Stolen|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The nails are jumped off in the same manner that men are jumped in the game of checkers.School, Church, and Home Games|George O. Draper
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.).