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Definition of Check


  1. A word of warning denoting that the king is in danger; such a menace of a player's king by an adversary's move as would, if it were any other piece, expose it to immediate capture. A king so menaced is said to be in check, and must be made safe at the next move.
  2. A condition of interrupted or impeded progress; arrest; stop; delay; as, to hold an enemy in check.
  3. Whatever arrests progress, or limits action; an obstacle, guard, restraint, or rebuff.
  4. A mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be prevented, or a thing or person may be identified; as, checks placed against items in an account; a check given for baggage; a return check on a railroad.
  5. A written order directing a bank or banker to pay money as therein stated. See Bank check, below.
  6. A woven or painted design in squares resembling the patten of a checkerboard; one of the squares of such a design; also, cloth having such a figure.
  7. The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to follow other birds.
  8. Small chick or crack.
  9. To make a move which puts an adversary's piece, esp. his king, in check; to put in check.
  10. To put a sudden restraint upon; to stop temporarily; to hinder; to repress; to curb.
  11. To verify, to guard, to make secure, by means of a mark, token, or other check; to distinguish by a check; to put a mark against (an item) after comparing with an original or a counterpart in order to secure accuracy; as, to check an account; to check baggage.
  12. To chide, rebuke, or reprove.
  13. To slack or ease off, as a brace which is too stiffly extended.
  14. To make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack; as, the sun checks timber.
  15. To make a stop; to pause; -- with at.
  16. To clash or interfere.
  17. To act as a curb or restraint.
  18. To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc.
  19. To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds.
  20. Checkered; designed in checks.
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Check Translations

check in Afrikaans is kontroleer, tjek
check in Danish is kontrolere, bankanvisning
check in Dutch is bedwingen, betomen, beteugelen
check in Finnish is tarkastaa
check in Italian is esaminare, assaggiare, verificare, prova, assegno
check in Latin is opprimo oppressi oppressum, confuto, compescor
check in Norwegian is sjekk
check in Spanish is cheque, retrasar, indagar, comprobar, control