- (functioning as singular) a game for two players using a draughtboard and 12 draughtsmen each. The object is to jump over and capture the opponent's pieces
US and Canadian name: checkers
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- Chess, Games[countable] a small, usually red or black disk of plastic or wood used in playing checkers.
- Chess, Gamescheckers, Also called, Brit., draughts. [uncountable; used with a singular verb] a game played by two persons, each with 12 playing pieces, on a checkerboard:Checkers is a good introduction to chess.
check•er2 /ˈtʃɛkɚ/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
- a person or thing that checks.
- a cashier, as in a supermarket.
- an employee of a checkroom.
- Chessa small, usually red or black disk of plastic or wood, used in playing checkers.
- Also called,[Brit.,] draughts. (used with a sing. v.) a game played by two persons, each with 12 playing pieces, on a checkerboard.
- Metallurgy(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. See diag. under open-hearth.
- a checkered pattern.
- one of the squares of a checkered pattern.
- to mark like a checkerboard.
- to diversify in color;
- to diversify in character;
subject to alternations:Sorrow and joy have checkered his life.
- Anglo-French escheker (by aphesis), equivalent. to eschec check + -er -er2
- Middle English checker chessboard 1250–1300
check•er2 (chek′ər),USA pronunciation n.
- a person or thing that checks.
- a cashier, as in a supermarket or cafeteria.
- a person who checks coats, baggage, etc.
- check1 + -er1 1525–35
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft.
- Chess, British Termsdraughts, (used with a sing. v.)[Brit.]the game of checkers.
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft (defs. 1, 3–10, 18–25, 28).
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft (defs. 29–33).
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft (def. 34).
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft (defs. 36–38).
- akin to Old English dragan to draw, drōht a pull (at the oars) 1150–1200; Middle English draht (cognate with Dutch dracht, German Tracht, Old Norse drāttr)
- Draught is a variant spelling of draft and is normally pronounced the same way, as
(draft)USA pronunciation or
(dräft)USA pronunciation or with a vowel somewhere between
(a)USA pronunciation and
(ä).USA pronunciation A pronunciation
(drôt)USA pronunciation is sometimes heard for draught, perhaps because -aught is frequently pronounced
(-ôt)USA pronunciation elsewhere, as in caught and taught.
- a current of air, esp one intruding into an enclosed space
- the act of pulling a load, as by a vehicle or animal
- (as modifier): a draught horse
- the load or quantity drawn
- a portion of liquid to be drunk, esp a dose of medicine
- the act or an instance of drinking; a gulp or swallow
- the act or process of drawing air, smoke, etc, into the lungs
- the amount of air, smoke, etc, inhaled in one breath
- beer, wine, etc, stored in bulk, esp in a cask, as opposed to being bottled
- (as modifier): draught beer
- on draught ⇒ drawn from a cask or keg
- Also called: draughtsman any one of the 12 flat thick discs used by each player in the game of draughts
US and Canadian equivalent: checker
- the depth of a loaded vessel in the water, taken from the level of the waterline to the lowest point of the hull
- feel the draught ⇒ to be short of money