a game played on a chessboard by two people who maneuver sixteen pieces each according to rules governing movement of the six kinds of pieces (pawn, rook, knight, bishop, queen, king), the object being to bring the opponent’s king into checkmate.
noun, plural chesses.
any of several weedy species of , especially Bromus secalinus .
noun, plural chess, chesses.
one of the planks forming the roadway of a floating bridge.
a game of skill for two players using a chessboard on which chessmen are moved. Initially each player has one king, one queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, and eight pawns, which have different types of moves according to kind. The object is to checkmate the opponent’s king
(US) a less common name for rye-brome
noun (pl) chess, chesses
a floorboard of the deck of a pontoon bridge
13c., from Old French esches “chessmen,” plural of eschec “game of chess, chessboard; checkmate” (see check (n.)), from the key move of the game. Modern French still distinguishes échec “check, blow, rebuff, defeat,” from plural échecs “chess.”
The original word for “chess” is Sanskrit chaturanga “four members of an army” — elephants, horses, chariots, foot soldiers. This is preserved in Spanish ajedrez, from Arabic (al) shat-ranj, from Persian chatrang, from the Sanskrit word.
The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chessboard, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem. [Marcel Duchamp, address to New York State Chess Association, Aug. 30, 1952]
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/ˈtʃɛsəl/ noun 1. a mould used in cheese-making
[ches-man, -muh n] /ˈtʃɛsˌmæn, -mən/ noun, plural chessmen [ches-men, -muh n] /ˈtʃɛsˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA) 1. any piece used in the game of chess. /ˈtʃɛsˌmæn; -mən/ noun (pl) -men 1. any of the eight pieces and eight pawns used by each player in a game of chess
[ches-man, -muh n] /ˈtʃɛsˌmæn, -mən/ noun, plural chessmen [ches-men, -muh n] /ˈtʃɛsˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA) 1. any piece used in the game of chess. /ˈtʃɛsˌmæn; -mən/ noun (pl) -men 1. any of the eight pieces and eight pawns used by each player in a game of chess n. also chess-men, late 15c., from chess + […]
noun, Southern Cookery. 1. a dessert of cornmeal, sugar, butter, egg yolks, milk, and flavorings baked in a pastry shell. noun a pastry shell filled with a mix of eggs, sugar, butter, some flour or cornmeal, and various flavorings, a southern US specialty that become dense when baked with a crisp top Word Origin possible […]