WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
check•er1 /ˈtʃɛkɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Chess, Games[countable] a small, usually red or black disk of plastic or wood used in playing checkers.
  2. 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.
Also, Brit., chequer.
check•er2 /ˈtʃɛkɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person or thing that checks.
  2. a cashier, as in a supermarket.
  3. an employee of a checkroom.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
check•er1  (chekər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Chessa small, usually red or black disk of plastic or wood, used in playing checkers.
  2. Chesscheckers: 
    • 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. 
  3. a checkered pattern.
  4. one of the squares of a checkered pattern.

v.t. 
  1. to mark like a checkerboard.
  2. to diversify in color;
    variegate.
  3. to diversify in character;
    subject to alternations:Sorrow and joy have checkered his life.
Also,[Brit.,] chequer. 
  • Anglo-French escheker (by aphesis), equivalent. to eschec check + -er -er2
  • Middle English checker chessboard 1250–1300

check•er2  (chekər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person or thing that checks.
  2. a cashier, as in a supermarket or cafeteria.
  3. a person who checks coats, baggage, etc.
  • check1 + -er1 1525–35

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
draught /dræft/USA pronunciation   n., v., adj. 
  1. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
draught  (draft, dräft),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Chess, British Termsdraughts, (used with a sing. v.)[Brit.]the game of checkers.
  2. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft (defs. 1, 3–10, 18–25, 28).

v.t. 
  1. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft (defs. 29–33).

v.i. 
  1. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft (def. 34).

adj. 
  1. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft (defs. 36–38).
draughter, n. 
  • 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.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

draughts /drɑːfts/ n
  1. (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
Etymology: 14th Century: plural of draught (in obsolete sense: a chess move)



draught, US draft /drɑːft/ n
  1. a current of air, esp one intruding into an enclosed space
  2. the act of pulling a load, as by a vehicle or animal
  3. (as modifier): a draught horse
  4. the load or quantity drawn
  5. a portion of liquid to be drunk, esp a dose of medicine
  6. the act or an instance of drinking; a gulp or swallow
  7. the act or process of drawing air, smoke, etc, into the lungs
  8. the amount of air, smoke, etc, inhaled in one breath
  9. beer, wine, etc, stored in bulk, esp in a cask, as opposed to being bottled
  10. (as modifier): draught beer
  11. on draughtdrawn from a cask or keg
  12. 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
  13. the depth of a loaded vessel in the water, taken from the level of the waterline to the lowest point of the hull
  14. feel the draughtto be short of money
Etymology: 14th Century: probably from Old Norse drahtr, of Germanic origin; related to draw



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