from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A game board marked with 64 squares, used in playing chess.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The square board used in the game of chess, subdivided into eight rows of eight squares each, the squares in each row and column being of alternating colours.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The board used in the game of chess, having eight rows of alternate light and dark squares, eight in each row. See checkerboard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The board used in the game of chess; a checker-board.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a checkerboard used to play chess
  • n. a checkerboard used to play chess


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  • Edward Lucas in The Telegraph, his article entitled "Russia sees us as pawns on its chessboard" is well written, nicely analytical and very very worrying.

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  • The question that confronts you sitting at the chessboard is not: What are the rules here?

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  • Our Losties were just another set of players on their giant chessboard aka The Island.

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  • Rice on a chessboard is a good way to explain the power of doubling.

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  • The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature.

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  • Lionel Rosenblatt of Refugees International said that since Western powers were not prepared to send troops to conflicts which did not directly affect their national interests, “the only pieces that will be free to move on the chessboard will be the aid agency pieces.”


  • The chessboard was a very beautiful one, its squares being of inlaid silver and gold, with little pegs in the centre of each space upon which the pieces might be fixed, and so prevented from being upset or from changing place when the vessel rolled.

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