(Che*ru"bic Che*ru"bic*al) a. Of or pertaining to cherubs; angelic. "The cherubic host." Milton.

(Cher"u*bim) n. The Hebrew plural of Cherub.. Cf. Seraphim.

Cherubims, in the King James version of the bible, is an incorrect form, made by adding the English plural termination to the Hebrew plural cherubim instead of to the singular cherub.

(Cher"u*bin) a. Cherubic; angelic. [Obs.] Shak.

(Cher"u*bin), n. A cherub. [Obs.] Dryden.

(Cher"up) v. i. [Prob. fr. chirp.] To make a short, shrill, cheerful sound; to chirp. See Chirrup. "Cheruping birds." Drayton.

(Cher"up), v. t. To excite or urge on by making a short, shrill, cheerful sound; to cherup to. See Chirrup.

He cherups brisk ear-erecting steed.

(Cher"up), n. A short, sharp, cheerful noise; a chirp; a chirrup; as, the cherup of a cricket.

(Cher"vil) n. [AS. cerfille, fr. L. caerefolium, chaerephyllum, Gr. to rejoice + leaf.] (Bot.) A plant (Anthriscus cerefolium) with pinnately divided aromatic leaves, of which several curled varieties are used in soups and salads.

(Ches) pret. of Chese. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Chese) v. t. To choose [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Ches"i*ble) n. See Chasuble.

(Ches"lip) n. (Zoöl.) The wood louse. [Prov. Eng.]

(Chess) n. [OE. ches, F. échecs, prop. pl. of échec check. See 1st Check.] A game played on a chessboard, by two persons, with two differently colored sets of men, sixteen in each set. Each player has a king, a queen, two bishops, two knights, two castles or rooks, and eight pawns.

(Chess), n. (Bot.) A species of brome grass (Bromus secalinus) which is a troublesome weed in wheat fields, and is often erroneously regarded as degenerate or changed wheat; it bears a very slight resemblance to oats, and if reaped and ground up with wheat, so as to be used for food, is said to produce narcotic effects; — called also cheat and Willard's bromus. [U. S.]

Other species of brome grass are called upright chess, soft chess, etc.

(Chess"-ap`ple) n. The wild service of Europe

(Chess"board`) n. The board used in the game of chess, having eight rows of alternate light and dark squares, eight in each row. See Checkerboard.

The chessboard and the checkerboard are alike.

(Ches"sel) n. The wooden mold in which cheese is pressed. Simmonds.

(Chess"es) n. pl. [Cf. F. chassis a framework of carpenty.] (Mil.) The platforms, consisting of two or more planks doweled together, for the flooring of a temporary military bridge. Wilhelm.

A singular, chess, is sometimes used. "Each chess consists of three planks." Farrow.

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