chequer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chequer variegate with different colors, shades, or patterns
    • v chequer mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
    • n chequer one of the flat round pieces used in playing the game of checkers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. & v Chequer chĕk"ẽr Same as Checker.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chequer A more recent spelling (in England) of checker.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Chequer a chess-board: alternation of colours, as on a chess-board:
    • Chequer (pl.) draughts: chess-men
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Check.

Usage

In literature:

It was a life of want, never chequered by hope, that was striving to elude its own observation by hurrying into some temporary dissipation.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
When the masonry is small, it is better to throw its colors into chequered patterns.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
Hence arose the universal and admirable system of the diapered or chequered background of early ornamental art.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
It was a hot afternoon; the sunlight made a chequered pattern through the forest trees.
"Fairy Tales from the German Forests" by Margaret Arndt
Hence the chequered career of the thimble-rigger.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Yet this anxiety was chequered with hope.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
So ended one of the few instances of successful retaliation in all the chequered annals of tariff history.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
I had to send Jack round to the "Chequers" for two o' gin before she came round.
"Facing Death" by G. A. Henty
I suppose you'd say the War was won at Chequers Court.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
The nobles wore massive chains of gold, and their chequered silk gowns were lined with sables, lynx-fur, and swansdown.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The same with the chequered shield of Vernon in the other light.
"Stained Glass Work" by C. W. Whall
Her nails were dyed black, and her feet dyed black in chequers.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
But he is a failure of a considerable poet, and some fragments of success chequer him.
"A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" by George Saintsbury
It was a gay and chequered scene, for the old Germanic equality had long since disappeared from the kingdom.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
They were of a chequered kind.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
It is strange to think how chequered a history these islands have had, how far they are even yet from any condition which promises permanence.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
The chequers upon the oil-cloth became blurred, as tears of self-pity welled up in her eyes.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
Blake's art was an inseparable part of his whole passionate, chequered spiritual life.
"William Blake" by Charles Gardner
The society's advance was chequered by several controversies.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
He had a chequered board in front of him with many little discs of wood upon it.
"The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies" by Frank Worthington
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In poetry:

"Yon plains are govern'd by a peerless maid;
And see! pale Cynthia mounts the vaulted sky;
A train of lovers court the chequer'd shade:
Sing on, my bird! and hear thy mate's reply.
"Elegy VI. To a Lady, On the Language of Birds" by William Shenstone
In all the curious movements of my sad career,
Of others and myself, the chequered road I trod,
Of my accounted sorrows, good and evil cheer,
I nothing have retained except the grace of God!
"What Sayest Thou, Traveller" by Paul Verlaine
'Neath the gnarled-boughed apple trees
Motionless the cattle stand;
Chequered cornfield, homestead white,
Sleeping in the streaming light,
For deep trance is o'er the land,
And the wings of peace.
"A Pastoral" by George Essex Evans
Now Ribble, sun-chequered, slides joyfully down
Which late thro' the bridges roared foaming and brown:
Now hot lies the scent, and the morning is still, &mdash
Hark for'ard, good hounds, to a view and a kill!
"Otter Hunting In Ribblesdale" by Cicely Fox Smith
Came . . . all but those who shall see no more below them
Mapwise the small green chequered countryside,
Places greatly loved that shall never again know them —
All that was England – all for which they died.
"Homecoming at Dawn" by Cicely Fox Smith
The garden they remembered, known from their cradle-time,
Where in the days of childhood, forever past, they played—
Where merrily the broken swing was wont to creak aloud,
And rippling laughter blithe was heard beneath the chequered shade;
"Dreams" by Semen Yakovlevich Nadson

In news:

Odd bits, offal, or variety meats—whatever you call them, they have had a chequered history.
Alexandre Chequer, Mayer Brown, Brazil and Houston Offices.
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In science:

Theories relating to the nature of light have a long and chequered history.
Quantum interference of molecules -- probing the wave nature of matter
Morris, Chequered surfaces and complex matrices, Nucl.
Logarithmic Universality in Random Matrix Theory
The quest for high z clusters has a chequered history.
Conference Summary
However, claims of periodic variations and QPOs in the Xray emission of Seyfert galaxies have a chequered history, with no single example withstanding the test of repeated analyses and observations (see discussion in Benlloch et al. 2001).
A simple test for periodic signals in red noise
The angular resolution of the KASCADE detector field is determined by the application of the chequer board method.
Search for cosmic-ray point sources with KASCADE
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