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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.

Check Quotations

The only way to get love is to be lovable. It's very irritating if you have a lot of money. You'd like to think you could write a check: 'I'll buy a million dollars' worth of love.' But it doesn't work that way. The more you give love away, the more you get.
Warren Buffett

Too many Christians have a commitment of convenience. They'll stay faithful as long as it's safe and doesn't involve risk, rejection, or criticism. Instead of standing alone in the face of challenge or temptation, they check to see which way their friends are going.
Charles Stanley

Yesterday is a cancelled check. Today is cash on the line. Tomorrow is a promissory note. - Hank Stram
Yesterday is a cancelled check. Today is cash on the line. Tomorrow is a promissory note.
Hank Stram

I was so inspired by Dr. King that in 1956, with some of my brothers and sisters and first cousins - I was only 16 years old - we went down to the public library trying to check out some books, and we were told by the librarian that the library was for whites only and not for colors. It was a public library.
John Lewis

When one person makes an accusation, check to be sure he himself is not the guilty one. Sometimes it is those whose case is weak who make the most clamour.
Piers Anthony
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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
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