From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Check \Check\ (ch[e^]k), n. [OE. chek, OF. eschec, F. ['e]chec,
   a stop, hindrance, orig. check in the game of chess, pl.
   ['e]checs chess, through Ar., fr. Pers. sh[=a]h king. See
   Shah, and cf. Checkmate, Chess, Checker.]
   1. (Chess) 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.
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   2. A condition of interrupted or impeded progress; arrest;
      stop; delay; as, to hold an enemy in check.
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            Which gave a remarkable check to the first progress
            of Christianity.                      --Addison.
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            No check, no stay, this streamlet fears.
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   3. Whatever arrests progress, or limits action; an obstacle,
      guard, restraint, or rebuff.
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            Useful check upon the administration of government.
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            A man whom no check could abash.      --Macaulay.
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   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.
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   5. A written order directing a bank or banker to pay money as
      therein stated. See Bank check, below.
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   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.
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   7. (Falconry) The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to
      follow other birds.
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   8. Small chick or crack.
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   Bank check, a written order on a banker or broker to pay
      money in his keeping belonging to the signer.

   Check book, a book containing blank forms for checks upon a

   Check hook, a hook on the saddle of a harness, over which a
      checkrein is looped.

   Check list, a list or catalogue by which things may be
      verified, or on which they may be checked.

   Check nut (Mech.), a secondary nut, screwing down upon the
      primary nut to secure it. --Knight.

   Check valve (Mech.), a valve in the feed pipe of a boiler,
      or other conduit, to prevent the return of the feed water
      or other fluid.

   To take check, to take offense. [Obs.] --Dryden.

   Syn: Hindrance; setback; interruption; obstruction;
        reprimand; censure; rebuke; reproof; repulse; rebuff;
        tally; counterfoil; counterbalance; ticket; draft.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Check \Check\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Checked (ch[e^]kt); p. pr.
   & vb. n. checking.]
   1. (Chess) To make a move which puts an adversary's piece,
      esp. his king, in check; to put in check.
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   2. To put a sudden restraint upon; to stop temporarily; to
      hinder; to repress; to curb. Hence, (Ice Hockey) To
      obstruct the motion of an opposing player by contacting
      him with one's body.
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            So many clogs to check and retard the headlong
            course of violence and oppression.    --Burke.
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   3. 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. Hence, To
      compare with an original or with some standard, to insure
      correctness; as, to check an account; to check with a
      supervisor about procedures.
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   4. To chide, rebuke, or reprove.
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            The good king, his master, will check him for it.
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   5. (Naut.) To slack or ease off, as a brace which is too
      stiffly extended.
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   6. To make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack; as, the
      sun checks timber.
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   7. To leave (something) in the temporary custody of another;
      as, to check baggage; to check one's firearms at the door;
      to check one's coat at the cloakroom.

   8. To accept (something) for temporary custody from another;
      as, to check a customer's baggage; to check a customer's

   9. To make a checkered pattern upon.

   Syn: To restrain; curb; bridle; repress; control; hinder;
        impede; obstruct; interrupt; tally; rebuke; reprove;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Check \Check\ (ch[e^]k), v. i.
   To make a stop; to pause; -- with at.
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         The mind, once jaded by an attempt above its power,
         either is disabled for the future, or else checks at
         any vigorous undertaking ever after.     --Locke.
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   2. To clash or interfere. [R.] --Bacon.
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   3. To act as a curb or restraint.
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            It [his presence] checks too strong upon me.
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   4. To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in
      small checks, as varnish, paint, etc.
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   5. (Falconry) To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and
      fly after other birds.
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            And like the haggard, check at every feather
            That comes before his eye.            --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Check \Check\, a.
   Checkered; designed in checks.
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