nounused with a sing. or pl. verb Chiefly British
The game of checkers.
Origin of draughtsMiddle English draughtes pl. of draught act of pulling, move at chess ; see draft .
- plural form of draught
- (board games, UK, uncountable) A board game for two players in which the players each have 20 pieces, known as men, and the object is to capture each of the opponent's pieces by jumping one's own pieces over the opponent's pieces. (See the Wikipedia page for the full rules of the game. There are various variants of the game.)
- A mild vesicatory.
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of draught
- During the experiment the mirror magnet is protected from draughts by two wooden doors which slide in grooves.
- Water must now be copiously supplied to the border, and air admitted in abundance, but cold draughts which favour the attack of mildew must be avoided.
- They are acquainted with chess, draughts, backgammon, and other games, among which is one peculiar to themselves, called Mankalah, and played with cuwries.
- The treatment consists in the use of solutions of common salt, followed by copious draughts of milk or white of egg and water or soap in water, in order to dilute the poison and protect the mucous membranes of the oesophagus and stomach from its action.
- Ay, the deep Walden Pond and cool Brister's Spring--privilege to drink long and healthy draughts at these, all unimproved by these men but to dilute their glass.