chequer (US checker) NOUN 1) (chequers) a pattern of alternately coloured squares. 2) (checkers) (treated as sing. ) N. Amer. the game of draughts.
VERB 1) (be chequered) be divided into or marked with chequers. 2) (chequered) marked by periods of fluctuating fortune.
ORIGIN from EXCHEQUER(Cf. ↑exchequer), originally in the sense «chessboard».

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  • Chequer — Cheq uer (ch[e^]k [ e]r), n. & v. Same as {Checker}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chequer — [chek′ər] n., vt. Brit. sp. of CHECKER1 …   English World dictionary

  • chequer — Checker Check er, n. [OF. eschequier. See {Checker}, v. t.] 1. A piece in the game of draughts or checkers. [1913 Webster] 2. A pattern in checks; a single check. [1913 Webster] 3. Checkerwork. [1913 Webster] Note: This word is also written… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chequer — n. & v. (also checker) n. 1 (often in pl.) a pattern of squares often alternately coloured. 2 (in pl.) (usu. as checkers) US the game of draughts. 1 mark with chequers. 2 variegate; break the uniformity of. 3 (as chequered adj.) with varied …   Useful english dictionary

  • chequer-roll — see checker roll …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chequer Yard —    East out of Dowgate Hill to Bush Lane. In Dowgate Ward (O. and M. 1677) (Midd. Sess. Roll. 4 Chas. I. III. 165).    Former names : Chequer Alley or lane, 1598 (S. 233). Carter lane previously (ib.).    Demolished 1860 5 for the erection of… …   Dictionary of London

  • chequer roll — Checkroll Check roll , n. A list of servants in a household; called also {chequer roll}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chequer Alley —    1) See Chequer Yard.    2) On the west side of Old Bailey at the upper end of Black and White Court. In Farringdon Ward Without (P.C. 1732 Boyle, 1799).    Strype calls it Checker Yard (ed. 1720, I. III. 281).    The site has been rebuilt …   Dictionary of London

  • Chequer Inn —    1) On the north side of Holborn, east of Furnival s Inn, in Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677 Strype, 1755).    The site is now covered by the offices of the Prudential Assurance Co., Ltd.    2) On the south side of Chequer Yard, leading …   Dictionary of London

  • Chequer Lane, Dowgate Hill —    See Chequer Yard …   Dictionary of London

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