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Definition of "chess" []

  • A board game for two players, each beginning with 16 pieces of six kinds that are moved according to individual rules, with the objective of checkmating the opposing king. (noun)
  • Any of several species of brome grass, especially the cheat. (noun)
  • One of the floorboards of a pontoon bridge. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chess" in a sentence
  • "To maximize your reach to chess enthusiasts on Twitter you should include the #chess hashtag to your updates. alter-me, 13 March 2009, 16.22: Can we please have a discussion here about broadcasts, copyrights and PR, please?"
  • "Um … The king in chess is supposed to have 8 short spines on top with a single object in the middle to signify that it moves one space in any direction (except when castling)."
  • "The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead.”"