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Definition of Check

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

Fear can be good when you're walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it's not good when you have a goal and you're fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had success has failed before.
Queen Latifah

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

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

For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.
Albert Camus

Festivals are great because you get to just walk around the corner and see a new band that you've heard but not had the chance to check out.
Johnny Marr
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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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