perpetual check


noun Chess.

a continuing series of checks resulting in a drawn game because they cannot be halted or evaded without resulting in checkmate or a serious disadvantage.
the situation in which this occurs.

Nearby words

  1. perpetration,
  2. perpetrator,
  3. perpetual,
  4. perpetual adoration,
  5. perpetual calendar,
  6. perpetual debenture,
  7. perpetual inventory,
  8. perpetual motion,
  9. perpetual-motion machine,
  10. perpetuate

Origin of perpetual check

First recorded in 1810–20

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British Dictionary definitions for perpetual check

perpetual check

noun

chess a consecutive series of checks that the checked player cannot avoid, leading to a drawn game
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