- 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
Examples from the Web for chequer
No man ever will unfold the capacities of his own intellect who does not at least chequer his life with solitude.
Here we find dark brownish-red ironstone built into the wall in a way which reminds one of bands of chequer work.English Coast Defences|George Clinch
The enemy kept well out of sight, and few events occurred to chequer the monotony.Under the Dragon Flag|James Allan
Thus terminated this affair: one of those little accidents which chequer missionary life in Spain.The Bible in Spain - Vol. 2 [of 2]|George Borrow
So I away to the 'Chequer, and thence to an alehouse, and found Mr. Falconbridge, and agreed for his kinswoman to come to me.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete|Samuel Pepys
- 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.).