1 [ches]
a game played by two persons, each with 16 pieces, on a chessboard.

1150–1200; Middle English < Old French esches, plural of eschec check1 Unabridged


2 [ches]
noun, plural chess, chesses.
one of the planks forming the roadway of a floating bridge.

1425–75; late Middle English ches tier, layer < ? Unabridged
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chess1 (tʃɛs)
a game of skill for two players using a chessboard on which chessmen are moved. Initially each player has one king, one queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, and eight pawns, which have different types of moves according to kind. The object is to checkmate the opponent's king
[C13: from Old French esches, plural of eschec check (at chess); see check]

chess2 (tʃɛs)
(US) a less common name for rye-brome
[C18: of unknown origin]

chess3 (tʃɛs)
n , pl chess, chesses
a floorboard of the deck of a pontoon bridge
[C15 (in the sense: layer, tier): from Old French chasse frame, from Latin capsa box]

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Word Origin & History

13c., from O.Fr. esches pl. of eschec (see check), from the key move of the game. The original word for "chess" is Skt. chaturanga "four members of an army" -- elephants, horses, chariots, foot soldiers. This is preserved in Sp. ajedrez, from Arabic (al) shat-ranj, from Pers.
chatrang, from the Skt. word.
"The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chessboard, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem." [Marcel Duchamp]
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Computing Dictionary

chess definition

A two-player game with perfect information.
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See also Internet Chess Server.
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Example sentences
Most chess sets come with opposed sets of identical pieces.
My main hobbies are playing chess and watching movies.
In life, as in chess, one's own pawns block one's way.
Bones and tusks of lesser quality he has carved into chess sets and knickknacks.
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