(Check"ers) n. pl. [See Checher, v.] A game, called also daughts, played on a checkerboard by two persons, each having twelve men (counters or checkers) which are moved diagonally. The game is ended when either of the players has lost all his men, or can not move them.

(Check"er*work`) n.

1. Work consisting of or showing checkers varied alternately as to colors or materials.

2. Any aggregate of varied vicissitudes.

How strange a checkerwork of Providence is the life of man.
De Foe.

(Check"la*ton) n.

1. Ciclatoun. [Obs.]

2. Gilded leather. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Check"less), a. That can not be checked or restrained.

(Check"mate), n. [F. échec et mat, fr. Per. shah mat ceckmate, lit., the king is dead, fr. Ar. mata he died, is dead. The king, when made prisoner, or checkmated, is assumed to be dead, and the game is finished. See Chess.]

1. The position in the game of chess when a king is in check and cannot be released, — which ends the game.

2. A complete check; utter defeat or overthrow.

(Check"mate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Checkmated; p. pr. & vb. n. Checkmating.]

1. (Chess) To check (an adversary's king) in such a manner that escape in impossible; to defeat (an adversary) by putting his king in check from which there is no escape.

2. To defeat completely; to terminate; to thwart.

To checkmate and control my just demands.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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