Also called mate. Chess.
a complete check; defeat:
His efforts to escape met with a checkmate.
verb (used with object), checkmated, checkmating.
Chess. to maneuver (an opponent’s king) into a check from which it cannot escape; mate.
to check completely; defeat:
Napoleon was checkmated at Waterloo.
Chess. (used by a player to announce that he or she has put the opponent’s king into inextricable check.)
(chess) to place (an opponent’s king) in checkmate
to thwart or render powerless
(chess) a call made when placing an opponent’s king in checkmate
mid-14c., from Old French eschec mat (Modern French échec et mat), which (with Spanish jaque y mate, Italian scacco-matto) is from Arabic shah mat “the king died” (see check (n.1)), which according to Barnhart is a misinterpretation of Persian mat “be astonished” as mata “to die,” mat “he is dead.” Hence Persian shah mat, if it is the ultimate source of the word, would be literally “the king is left helpless, the king is stumped.”
late 14c.; see checkmate (n.). Related: Checkmated; checkmating.
- Check minus
noun an acknowledgment that a school assignment, such as a paper, was completed but is not satisfactory Examples a check minus on the lab paper Usage Note slang noun A mark indicating that one completed an effort, but it was wanting: He got a check minus on his math homework
[chek-awf, -of] /ˈtʃɛkˌɔf, -ˌɒf/ noun 1. the collection of union dues by employers through compulsory deduction from each worker’s wages. 2. a voluntary contribution from one’s income tax for a specific purpose, as the public financing of election campaigns, made by checking off the appropriate box on a tax return. 3. Football. (def 2).
[chek-out] /ˈtʃɛkˌaʊt/ noun 1. the procedure of vacating and paying for one’s quarters at a hotel. 2. the time before which a hotel room must be vacated if another day’s charge is not to be made. 3. an examination of fitness for performance: The checkout of the new plane was successful. 4. a series of […]
- Checkout test language
language (CTL) [“Checkout Test Language: An Interpretive Language Designed for Aerospace Checkout Tasks”, G.S. Metsker, Proc FJCC 33(2) 1968]. (1994-11-14)