from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One of the pieces used in playing chess.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of the pieces used, in the game of chess.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A piece used in the game of chess.

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  • noun chess A chess piece.

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

  • noun any of 16 white and 16 black pieces used in playing the game of chess


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  • A chessboard was forthcoming at a later hour, when we amused ourselves with a couple of games, facetiously dubbing our chessman Federals and Confederates.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, and His Romaunt Abroad During the War George Alfred Townsend 1877

  • Another tribute to the magnificence of Oppenheimer's mind: in the end he became my master at the game -- he who had never seen a chessman in his life.

    Chapter 14 2010

  • NEIL MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, has rejected calls to return the Lewis chessman to Scotland.

    Archive 2008-04-01 Jan 2008

  • Even Steven Taylor's forgotten his 'master chessman' blither from a few hours ago.

    Dance, Big Daddy, dance. LuLu 2008

  • Had to tell one or two porkies here to avoid being mis-categorised in this nonsensical quiz from a born again Christian, UKIP-er, chessman and lifelong Sheffield Resident Jonathan with an eh?'

    Archive 2007-01-07 2007

  • But I just would like one more chessman off the board.

    Firedoglake » Late Nite FDL: Ready When You Are 2006

  • It was even detached; his eyes focussed upon her gradually as upon a chessman to be moved; in the same slow manner he caught her wrist and drew her near.

    Tender is the Night 2003

  • Yet did Dermat pay no heed to the counsel of Grania, but plucked a berry, and with it took aim so true that he hit the chessman that Oisin should move.

    Celtic Tales, Told to the Children Louey Chisholm

  • And Deirdre saw the man's eye, and told Nathos, and he, with the ivory bishop that was in his hand, took aim as if with a javelin, and the chessman pierced the spy's eye, and it became blind.

    Celtic Tales, Told to the Children Louey Chisholm

  • No word said she, but silently made the gaze of Naoise follow her own, even as he held a golden chessman in his hand, pondering a move.

    A Book of Myths Jeanie Lang


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