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[ches-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈtʃɛsˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
the board, identical with a checkerboard, used for playing chess.
Origin of chessboard
1400-50; late Middle English. See chess1, board Unabridged
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  • Like almost all his contemporaries, he saw in politics little more than a chessboard where the people at large were but pawns.

  • “I like him,” she said, and stepped forward toward the chessboard.

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • "Maybe my skill will redeem itself to-night," nodded the Quaker, as he rose for the chessboard.

    Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles Mrs. Henry Wood
  • In A we use counters; in B we can employ rooks on a corner of a chessboard.

    The Canterbury Puzzles Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • A chessboard is essentially a square plane divided into sixty-four smaller squares by straight lines at right angles.

    Amusements in Mathematics Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • Of the divine frivolity of laughter he was only capable over a chessboard.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • "The chessboard is in the queen's house, and she is in her sleep at this time," said Eochaid.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
  • He replaced the pieces on the chessboard, and looked for the explanation of failure, but in vain.

    The Immortal Alphonse Daudet
  • Boys and girls are thus sometimes merely "so many pieces on a chessboard," to suit the ambitions of guardians.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
British Dictionary definitions for chessboard


a square board divided into 64 squares of two alternating colours, used for playing chess or draughts
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