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7 results for Check
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a written order directing a bank to pay money; "he paid all his bills by check"
    Synonym(s): check, 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"
    Synonym(s): assay, check
  3. the bill in a restaurant; "he asked the waiter for the check"
    Synonym(s): check, 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"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat"
    Synonym(s): arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage
  5. additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct; "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"
    Synonym(s): confirmation, verification, check, substantiation
  6. the act of inspecting or verifying; "they made a check of their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure"
    Synonym(s): check, checkout, check-out procedure
  7. 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"
    Synonym(s): check mark, check, tick
  8. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
    Synonym(s): hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap
  9. a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
    Synonym(s): check, chip
  10. a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard); "she wore a skirt with checks"
  11. the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
    Synonym(s): bridle, check, curb
  12. obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
  13. (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king
  1. examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"
    Synonym(s): check, 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"
    Synonym(s): see, check, 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"
    Synonym(s): control, hold in, hold, contain, check, 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 near or next to; "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items"; "mark off the units"
    Synonym(s): check, check off, mark, mark off, tick off, tick
  7. slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
    Synonym(s): check, retard, delay
  8. be verified or confirmed; pass inspection; "These stories don't check!"
    Synonym(s): check, 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"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"
    Synonym(s): match, fit, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally, agree
    Antonym(s): disaccord, disagree, discord
  10. block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
  11. develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control; "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?"
    Synonym(s): discipline, train, check, condition
  12. consign for shipment on a vehicle; "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
  15. stop in a chase especially when scent is lost; "The dog checked"
  16. mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
    Synonym(s): check, checker, chequer
  17. decline to initiate betting
  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 South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"
    Synonym(s): check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back
  19. place into check; "He checked my kings"
  20. write out a check on a bank account
  21. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"
    Synonym(s): determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn
  22. verify by consulting a source or authority; "check the spelling of this word"; "check your facts"
  23. arrest the motion (of something) abruptly; "He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"
  24. make cracks or chinks in; "The heat checked the paint"
    Synonym(s): check, chink
  25. become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
    Synonym(s): crack, check, break
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Check \Check\, n. [OE. chek, OF. eschec, F. [82]chec, a stop,
      hindrance, orig. check in the game of chess, pl. [82]checs
      chess, through AR., fr. Pers. sh[be]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.
      3. Whatever arrests progress, or limits action; an obstacle,
            guard, restraint, or rebuff.
                     Useful check upon the administration of government.
                     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
      {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.
      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\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Checked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      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.
      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;

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
      {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
            [bd]accepted[b8] 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

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 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
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