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Definition of check:

  1. A condition of interrupted or impeded progress; arrest; stop; delay; as, to hold an enemy in check.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. A written order directing a bank or banker to pay money as therein stated. See Bank check, below.
  6. Checkered; designed in checks.
  7. Small chick or crack.
  8. The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to follow other birds.
  9. To act as a curb or restraint.
  10. To chide, rebuke, or reprove.
  11. To clash or interfere.
  12. To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc.
  13. To make a move which puts an adversary's piece, esp. his king, in check; to put in check.
  14. To make a stop; to pause; - with at.
  15. To make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack; as, the sun checks timber.
  16. To put a sudden restraint upon; to stop temporarily; to hinder; to repress; to curb.
  17. To slack or ease off, as a brace which is too stiffly extended.
  18. To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds.
  19. Whatever arrests progress, or limits action; an obstacle, guard, restraint, or rebuff.

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