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[chek-point] /ˈtʃɛkˌpɔɪnt/
a place along a road, border, etc., where travelers are stopped for inspection.
a point or item, especially in a procedure, for notation, inspection, or confirmation.
Origin of checkpoint
1935-40; check1 + point Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for checkpoint
  • Once through the checkpoint, the malignant cells can enter the blood stream and then can spread throughout the body.
  • Gauntlets would be costly, since the airlines would have to install several new expensive machines at each checkpoint.
  • He tutors me on how to display the badge and my driver's license for checkpoint inspection.
  • To be allowed through the checkpoint, you must be married and have one or more children.
  • At one checkpoint, the secret police tried to arrest my local interpreter.
  • Newer, more portable machines make it easier to conduct tests away from fixed locations such as the checkpoint.
  • The result: checkpoint personnel now have to handle and inspect more luggage.
  • At a checkpoint before the border an official scrutinised my papers.
  • There's not a checkpoint between getting into the departures area and getting to the landside end of the aero-bridge.
  • Journalists were stopped at a police checkpoint several kilometres from the scene of the shooting.
British Dictionary definitions for checkpoint


a place, as at a frontier or in a motor rally, where vehicles or travellers are stopped for official identification, inspection, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for checkpoint

1940, from check (v.) + point (n.). Originally an aviator's term for landforms or structures of known height against which the craft's altitude could be visually checked. The "vehicle stop" sense is recorded from 1950.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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checkpoint in Technology
Saving the current state of a program and its data, including intermediate results, to disk or other non-volatile storage, so that if interrupted the program could be restarted at the point at which the last checkpoint occurred.
This facility came into popular use in mainframe operating systemss such as OS/360 in which programs frequently ran for longer than the mean time between system failures. If a program run fails because of some event beyond the program's control (e.g. hardware or operating system failure) then the processor time invested before the checkpoint will not have been wasted.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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