3. To act as a curb or restraint.

It [his presence] checks too strong upon me.

4. To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc.

5. (Falconry) To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds.

And like the haggard, check at every feather
That comes before his eye.

(Check), a. Checkered; designed in checks.

(Check"age) n.

1. The act of checking; as, the checkage of a name or of an item in a list.

2. The items, or the amount, to which attention is called by a check or checks.

(Check"er), n. [From Check, v. t.] One who checks.

(Check"er) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Checkered (- erd); p. pr. & vb. n. Checkering.] [From OF. eschequier a chessboard, F. échiquier. See Check, n., and cf. 3d Checker.]

1. To mark with small squares like a checkerboard, as by crossing stripes of different colors.

2. To variegate or diversify with different qualities, colors, scenes, or events; esp., to subject to frequent alternations of prosperity and adversity.

Our minds are, as it were, checkered with truth and falsehood.

(Check"er), n. [OF. eschequier. See Checker, v. t.]

1. A piece in the game of draughts or checkers.

2. A pattern in checks; a single check.

3. Checkerwork.

This word is also written chequer.

(Check"er*ber`ry) n.; pl. Checkerberries (Bot.) A spicy plant and its bright red berry; the wintergreen Also incorrectly applied to the partridge berry (Mitchella repens).

(Check"er*board) n. A board with sixty-four squares of alternate color, used for playing checkers or draughts.

(Check"ered) a.

1. Marked with alternate squares or checks of different color or material.

Dancing in the checkered shade.

2. Diversified or variegated in a marked manner, as in appearance, character, circumstances, etc.

This checkered narrative.

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