- 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
Examples from the Web for chequer
Historical Examples of chequer
For, in his view, he was the Company; and its Board did but exist to chequer his importance.Five Tales
How strange a chequer work of Providence is the life of man!The Children's Hour, v 5. Stories From Seven Old Favorites
Eva March Tappan
The stalks, and blades, Chequer my tablet with their, quivering shades.Poems 1817
They catch the dipped oar with long antenn, and chequer the slimy bottom with the shadow of their leaves.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
He never will glory in belonging to the Chequer No. 71, or to any other badge-ticket.
- a pattern consisting of squares of different colours, textures, or materials
- one of the squares in such a pattern
Word Origin for chequer
noun mainly US and Canadian
see checker (n.2).
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.).