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[chek-er-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈtʃɛk ərˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun, Also called, British, draughtboard (for def 1).
a board marked off into 64 squares of two alternating colors, arranged in eight vertical and eight horizontal rows, on which checkers or chess is played.
a design resembling this:
The garden was laid out in a checkerboard.
verb (used with object)
to arrange in or mark with a checkerboard pattern:
a wall checkerboarded with black and white tiles.
Origin of checkerboard
1765-75; checker1 + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for checkerboard
  • Our logical thoughts dominate experience only as the parallels and meridians make a checkerboard of the sea.
  • Once in, he focused his eyes on an alternating checkerboard pattern projected onto a screen inside the tube.
  • The belly displays a vague checkerboard pattern of gray or brown on white or yellowish.
  • checkerboard and polka dot patterns are not imitated so exactly.
  • The checkerboard arrangement came about because the government gave the railroad every other section of land.
  • Calculate the amount of coating buffer and coating antibody needed for the checkerboard plate.
British Dictionary definitions for checkerboard


(US & Canadian) a square board divided into 64 squares of alternating colours, used for playing checkers or chess Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) draughtboard
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Contemporary definitions for checkerboard
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