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- a small square, as on a chessboard
- a pattern of such squares
- a game played on a checkerboard by two players, each with twelve round, flat pieces to move
- any of these pieces
- service tree
Origin: Middle English cheker, chessboard, aphetic ; from escheker ; from Old French eschekier ; from Midieval Latin scaccarium: see check
- to mark off in squares, or in patches of color
- to break the uniformity of, as with varied features or events, changes in fortune, etc.
- a person who examines or verifies
- ☆ a person who checks hats, luggage, etc.
- ☆ a cashier, as in a supermarket
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- a. One, such as an inspector or examiner, that checks.b. One that receives items for temporary safekeeping or for shipment: a baggage checker.
- a. checkers (used with a sing. verb) A game played on a checkerboard by two players, each using 12 pieces.b. One of the round flat pieces used in this game.
- a. A pattern of checks or squares.b. One of the squares in such a pattern.
- A cashier.
- To mark with a checked or squared pattern.
- To diversify (something) in color, shading, or character; variegate.
Origin: Middle English cheker, chessboard, alteration of escheker, from Old French eschequier, from eschec, check in chess; see check.