Chess meaning

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A board game for two players, each beginning with 16 pieces of six kinds that are moved according to individual rules, with the objective of checkmating the opposing king.
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Any of several species of brome, especially Bromus secalinus.
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One of the floorboards of a pontoon bridge.
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A game of skill played on a chessboard by two players, each with 16 chessmen limited in movement according to kind, the object being to checkmate the opponent's king.
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Any of several varieties of brome grass, esp. a weedy kind (Bromus secalinus) found in fields of grain.
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A board game for two players with each beginning with sixteen chess pieces moving according to fixed rules across a chessboard with the objective to checkmate the opposing king.
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(now chiefly US) A type of grass, generally considered a weed.
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(military, chiefly in the plural) One of the platforms, consisting of two or more planks dowelled together, for the flooring of a temporary military bridge.

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Origin of chess

  • Middle English ches tier perhaps from Old French chasse frame from Latin capsa box

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English ches short for Old French esches pl. of eschec check in chess check

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French eschés, plural of eschec, from Vulgar Latin *scaccus, from Arabic شاه (šāh, “king in chess”), from Persian شاه (šāh, “shah, king”), from Middle Persian (šāh), from Old Persian (xšāyaθiya).

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin uncertain; perhaps linked to Etymology 1, above, from the sense of being arranged in rows or lines.

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  • Compare French chassis (“a framework of carpentry”).

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