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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Check  \Check\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Checked};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {checking}.] 
  1.  (Chess)  To  make  a  move  which  puts  an  adversary's  piece, 
  esp.  his  king,  in  check;  to  put  in  check. 
 
  2.  To  put  a  sudden  restraint  upon  to  stop  temporarily;  to 
  hinder;  to  repress;  to  curb. 
 
  So  many  clogs  to  check  and  retard  the  headlong 
  course  of  violence  and  oppression.  --Burke. 
 
  3.  To  verify,  to  guard,  to  make  secure,  by  means  of  a  mark, 
  token,  or  other  check;  to  distinguish  by  a  check;  to  put  a 
  mark  against  (an  item)  after  comparing  with  an  original  or 
  a  counterpart  in  order  to  secure  accuracy;  as  to  check  an 
  account;  to  check  baggage. 
 
  4.  To  chide,  rebuke,  or  reprove. 
 
  The  good  king,  his  master,  will  check  him  for  it 
  --Shak. 
 
  5.  (Naut.)  To  slack  or  ease  off  as  a  brace  which  is  too 
  stiffly  extended. 
 
  6.  To  make  checks  or  chinks  in  to  cause  to  crack;  as  the 
  sun  checks  timber. 
 
  Syn:  To  restrain;  curb;  bridle;  repress;  control;  hinder; 
  impede;  obstruct;  interrupt;  tally;  rebuke;  reprove; 
  rebuff. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Check  \Check\,  n.  [OE.  chek,  OF  eschec,  F.  ['e]chec,  a  stop, 
  hindrance,  orig.  check  in  the  game  of  chess,  pl  ['e]checs 
  chess,  through  AR.,  fr  Pers.  sh[=a]h  king.  See  {Shah},  and 
  cf  {Checkmate},  {Chess},  {Checker}.] 
  1.  (Chess)  A  word  of  warning  denoting  that  the  king  is  in 
  danger;  such  a  menace  of  a  player's  king  by  an  adversary's 
  move  as  would  if  it  were  any  other  piece,  expose  it  to 
  immediate  capture.  A  king  so  menaced  is  said  to  be  in 
  check,  and  must  be  made  safe  at  the  next  move 
 
  2.  A  condition  of  interrupted  or  impeded  progress;  arrest; 
  stop;  delay;  as  to  hold  an  enemy  in  check. 
 
  Which  gave  a  remarkable  check  to  the  first  progress 
  of  Christianity.  --Addison. 
 
  No  check,  no  stay,  this  streamlet  fears. 
  --Wordsworth. 
 
  3.  Whatever  arrests  progress,  or  limits  action  an  obstacle, 
  guard,  restraint,  or  rebuff. 
 
  Useful  check  upon  the  administration  of  government. 
  --Washington. 
 
  A  man  whom  no  check  could  abash.  --Macaulay. 
 
  4.  A  mark,  certificate,  or  token,  by  which  errors  may  be 
  prevented,  or  a  thing  or  person  may  be  identified;  as 
  checks  placed  against  items  in  an  account;  a  check  given 
  for  baggage;  a  return  check  on  a  railroad. 
 
  5.  A  written  order  directing  a  bank  or  banker  to  pay  money  as 
  therein  stated.  See  {Bank  check},  below. 
 
  6.  A  woven  or  painted  design  in  squares  resembling  the  patten 
  of  a  checkerboard;  one  of  the  squares  of  such  a  design; 
  also  cloth  having  such  a  figure. 
 
  7.  (Falconry)  The  forsaking  by  a  hawk  of  its  proper  game  to 
  follow  other  birds. 
 
  8.  Small  chick  or  crack. 
 
  {Bank  check},  a  written  order  on  a  banker  or  broker  to  pay 
  money  in  his  keeping  belonging  to  the  signer. 
 
  {Check  book},  a  book  containing  blank  forms  for  checks  upon  a 
  bank. 
 
  {Check  hook},  a  hook  on  the  saddle  of  a  harness,  over  which  a 
  checkrein  is  looped. 
 
  {Check  list},  a  list  or  catalogue  by  which  things  may  be 
  verified,  or  on  which  they  may  be  checked. 
 
  {Check  nut}  (Mech.),  a  secondary  nut,  screwing  down  upon  the 
  primary  nut  to  secure  it  --Knight. 
 
  {Check  valve}  (Mech.),  a  valve  in  the  feed  pipe  of  a  boiler 
  to  prevent  the  return  of  the  feed  water. 
 
  {To  take  check},  to  take  offense.  [Obs.]  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  Hindrance;  setback;  interruption;  obstruction; 
  reprimand;  censure;  rebuke;  reproof;  repulse;  rebuff; 
  tally;  counterfoil;  counterbalance;  ticket;  draft. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Check  \Check\,  v.  i. 
  To  make  a  stop;  to  pause;  --  with  at 
 
  The  mind,  once  jaded  by  an  attempt  above  its  power, 
  either  is  disabled  for  the  future,  or  else  checks  at 
  any  vigorous  undertaking  ever  after  --Locke. 
 
  2.  To  clash  or  interfere.  [R.]  --Bacon. 
 
  3.  To  act  as  a  curb  or  restraint. 
 
  It  [his  presence]  checks  too  strong  upon  me 
  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  To  crack  or  gape  open  as  wood  in  drying;  or  to  crack  in 
  small  checks,  as  varnish,  paint,  etc 
 
  5.  (Falconry)  To  turn,  when  in  pursuit  of  proper  game,  and 
  fly  after  other  birds. 
 
  And  like  the  haggard,  check  at  every  feather  That 
  comes  before  his  eye.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Check  \Check\,  a. 
  Checkered;  designed  in  checks. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
 
 
  Note:  In  modern  law,  proposal  and  acceptance  are  the 
  constituent  elements  into  which  all  contracts  are 
  resolved. 
 
  {Acceptance  of  a  bill  of  exchange},  {check},  {draft},  or 
  {order},  is  an  engagement  to  pay  it  according  to  the  terms. 
  This  engagement  is  usually  made  by  writing  the  word 
  ``accepted''  across  the  face  of  the  bill. 
 
  {Acceptance  of  goods},  under  the  statute  of  frauds,  is  an 
  intelligent  acceptance  by  a  party  knowing  the  nature  of 
  the  transaction. 
 
  6.  Meaning;  acceptation.  [Obs.] 
 
  {Acceptance  of  persons},  partiality,  favoritism.  See  under 
  {Accept}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  check 
  n  1:  a  written  order  directing  a  bank  to  pay  money;  "he  paid  all 
  his  bills  by  check"  [syn:  {bank  check},  {cheque}] 
  2:  an  appraisal  of  the  state  of  affairs;  "they  made  an  assay  of 
  the  contents";  "a  check  on  its  dependability  under  stress" 
  [syn:  {assay},  {test}] 
  3:  the  bill  in  a  restaurant;  "he  asked  the  waiter  for  the 
  check"  [syn:  {chit},  {tab}] 
  4:  the  state  of  inactivity  following  an  interruption;  "the 
  negotiations  were  in  arrest";  "held  them  in  check"; 
  "during  the  halt  he  got  some  lunch";  "he  spent  the  entire 
  stay  in  his  room"  [syn:  {arrest},  {halt},  {hitch},  {stay}, 
  {stop},  {stoppage}] 
  5:  additional  proof  that  something  that  was  believed  is  true; 
  "fossils  provided  further  confirmation  of  the  evolutionary 
  theory"  [syn:  {confirmation},  {verification},  {substantiation}] 
  6:  the  act  of  stopping  (usually  stopping  motion);  "the  heart 
  was  in  arrest";  "war  caused  a  check  in  the  company's 
  growth";  "the  momentary  stay  enabled  him  to  escape  the 
  blow"  [syn:  {arrest},  {stay}] 
  7:  the  act  of  inspecting  or  verifying;  "they  made  a  check  of 
  their  equipment";  "the  pilot  ran  through  the  check-out 
  procedure"  [syn:  {checkout},  {check-out  procedure}] 
  8:  a  mark  indicating  that  something  has  been  noted  or  completed 
  etc.;  "as  he  called  the  role  he  put  a  check  mark  by  each 
  student's  name"  [syn:  {check  mark}] 
  9:  a  mark  left  after  a  small  piece  has  been  chopped  or  broken 
  off  of  something  [syn:  {crack},  {chip}] 
  10:  the  act  of  restraining  power  or  action  or  limiting  excess; 
  "his  common  sense  is  a  bridle  to  his  quick  temper"  [syn: 
  {bridle},  {curb}] 
  11:  obstructing  an  opponent  in  ice  hockey 
  12:  (chess)  a  direct  attack  on  an  opponent's  king 
  v  1:  examine  so  as  to  determine  accuracy,  quality,  or  condition; 
  "check  the  brakes";  "Check  out  the  engine"  [syn:  {check 
  up  on},  {look  into},  {check  out},  {suss  out},  {check 
  over},  {go  over},  {check  into}] 
  2:  make  an  examination  or  investigation;  "check  into  the 
  rumor";  "check  the  time  of  the  class" 
  3:  be  careful  or  certain  to  do  something  make  certain  of 
  something  "He  verified  that  the  valves  were  closed";  "See 
  that  the  curtains  are  closed";  "control  the  quality  of  the 
  product"  [syn:  {see},  {insure},  {see  to  it},  {ensure},  {control}, 
  {ascertain},  {assure}] 
  4:  lessen  the  intensity  of  temper;  hold  in  restraint;  hold  or 
  keep  within  limits;  "moderate  your  alcohol  intake"  "hold 
  your  tongue";  "hold  your  temper";  "control  your  anger" 
  [syn:  {control},  {hold  in},  {hold},  {contain},  {curb},  {moderate}] 
  5:  stop  for  a  moment,  as  if  out  of  uncertainty  or  caution;  "She 
  checked  for  an  instant  and  missed  a  step" 
  6:  put  a  check  mark  on  or  next  to  "Please  check  each  name  on 
  the  list"  [syn:  {check  off},  {mark},  {mark  off},  {tick  off}] 
  7:  slow  the  growth  or  development  of  [syn:  {retard}] 
  8:  be  verified  or  confirmed;  pass  inspection;  "These  stories 
  don't  check!"  [syn:  {check  out}] 
  9:  be  compatible,  similar  or  consistent;  coincide  in  their 
  characteristics;  "The  two  stories  don't  agree  in  many 
  details";  "The  handwriting  checks  with  the  signature  on 
  the  check"  [syn:  {match},  {fit},  {correspond},  {jibe},  {gibe}, 
  {tally},  {agree}]  [ant:  {disagree}] 
  10:  block  or  impede  (a  player  from  the  opposing  team)  in  ice 
  hockey 
  11:  train  by  instruction  and  practice;  esp.  to  teach 
  self-control;  "Parents  must  discipline  their  children" 
  [syn:  {discipline},  {train},  {condition}] 
  12:  consign  for  shipment  on  a  vehicle,  as  of  luggage;  "check 
  your  luggage  before  boarding" 
  13:  hand  over  something  to  somebody  as  for  temporary 
  safekeeping;  "Check  your  coat  at  the  door" 
  14:  abandon  the  intended  prey,  turn,  and  pursue  an  inferior 
  prey,  of  falcons 
  15:  stop  in  a  chase  esp.  when  scent  is  lost;  "The  dog  checked" 
  16:  mark  into  squares  or  draw  squares  on  draw  crossed  lines  on 
  [syn:  {checker},  {chequer}] 
  17:  decline  to  initiate  betting,  in  poker 
  18:  hold  back  as  of  a  danger  or  an  enemy;  check  the  expansion 
  or  influence  of  "Arrest  the  downward  trend";  "Check  the 
  growth  of  communism  in  SE  Asia";  "Contain  the  rebel 
  movement"  [syn:  {turn  back},  {arrest},  {stop},  {contain}, 
  {hold  back}] 
  19:  place  into  check  in  a  game  of  chess;  "He  checked  my  kings" 
  20:  write  out  a  check  on  a  bank  account 
  21:  find  out  or  learn  with  certainty;  "I  want  to  see  whether  she 
  speaks  French";  "See  whether  it  works";  "Watch  how  he 
  will  react"  [syn:  {determine},  {find  out},  {see},  {ascertain}, 
  {watch},  {learn}] 
  22:  censure  severely  or  angrily;  "The  mother  scolded  the  child 
  for  entering  the  stranger's  car";  "The  deputy  ragged  the 
  Prime  Minister";  "The  customer  dressed  down  the  waiter 
  for  bringing  cold  soup";  check"  is  archaic  [syn:  {rebuke}, 
  {rag},  {reproof},  {lecture},  {reprimand},  {jaw},  {dress 
  down},  {scold},  {chide},  {berate},  {bawl  out},  {remonstrate}, 
  {chew  out},  {chew  up},  {have  words},  {lambaste},  {lambast}] 
  23:  verify  by  consulting  a  source  or  authority;  "check  the 
  spelling  of  this  word";  "check  your  facts" 
  24:  arrest  the  motion  (of  something)  abruptly;  "He  checked  the 
  flow  of  water  by  shutting  off  the  main  valve" 
  25:  make  cracks  or  chinks  in  "The  heat  checked  the  paint"  [syn: 
  {chink}] 
  26:  become  fractured;  break  or  crack  on  the  surface  only;  "The 
  glass  cracked  when  it  was  heated"  [syn:  {crack},  {break}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  check  n.  A  hardware-detected  error  condition,  most  commonly 
  used  to  refer  to  actual  hardware  failures  rather  than  software-induced 
  traps.  E.g.,  a  `parity  check'  is  the  result  of  a  hardware-detected 
  parity  error.  Recorded  here  because  the  word  often  humorously  extended 
  to  non-technical  problems.  For  example,  the  term  `child  check'  has  been 
  used  to  refer  to  the  problems  caused  by  a  small  child  who  is  curious  to 
  know  what  happens  when  s/he  presses  all  the  cute  buttons  on  a  computer's 
  console  (of  course,  this  particular  problem  could  have  been  prevented 
  with  {molly-guard}s). 
 
 




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