- 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 chequers
Is one meant to infer that he began to write on his return from Chequers, and was interrupted; or is it a slip?
Ostensibly the letter thanks her for letting him interrupt her weekend at Chequers.
When will we discover what was really discussed between Cameron and James when they met at Chequers in November 2010?
We now know the details of the meetings between Murdoch and Thatcher at her country residence in Chequers in 1981.
The next time we saw the Bushes was at Chequers a month or so later.
Six regular poachers come daily to The Chequers, but there are many others hanging around who are merely amateurs.
I went very warily down the alley, and found that Mr. Benjo had assuredly left an awkward trap for the people from The Chequers.
Then the carpet being spread, they brought plenty of cards, many dice, with great store and abundance of chequers and chessboards.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
This is called go-no-me-namako, because of its resemblance to the disposition of chequers in the Japanese game of go.
Often it was seat, coffer, and table in one, with chequers inlaid on the top for chess.Arts and Crafts Essays|Various
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.).