a constituent republic of S Russia, on the N slopes of the Caucasus Mountains: major oil and natural gas resources; formed an Autonomous Republic with Ingushetia from 1936 until 1944 and from 1957 until 1991; declared independence from Ingushetia in 1992; fighting between Chechen separatists and Russian forces (1994–96) led to de facto independence: reoccupied by Russia in 1999–2000. Capital: Grozny. Pop: 1 100 300 (2002). Area: 15 700 sq km (6010 sq miles) Also called Chechenia (tʃɛˈtʃɛnɪə), Chechnya (tʃɛˈtʃnɪə)
[sheysh-yah] /ˈʃeɪʃ yɑ/ noun 1. a close-fitting, cylindrical cap with a tuft or tassel.
Chechnya [(chech-nee-uh)] A predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia, which declared its independence from Russia after the breakup of the Soviet Union. After unsuccessfully invading Chechnya in 1994, Russia renewed its attack in 1999 and took the capital city, Grozny. But Chechen guerrillas (see guerrilla warfare) continue to harass Russian troops in Chechnya. Russians believe […]
[chek] /tʃɛk/ verb (used with object) 1. to stop or arrest the motion of suddenly or forcibly: He checked the horse at the edge of the cliff. 2. to restrain; hold in restraint or control: They built a high wall to check the tides. 3. to cause a reduction, as in rate or intensity; diminish: […]
[chek-uh-buh l] /ˈtʃɛk ə bəl/ adjective 1. capable of being , as by inquiry or verification: The fact is checkable from available records. 2. (of money deposited in a bank) capable of being withdrawn by : a checkable account.