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chequer, checker.
1. Pattern involving the division of a surface into equal squares (chequers) treated alternately in different ways, such as in colour or texture: it is commonly found in tile or stone pavements resembling a chessboard and called chequer-work.

2. Type of diaper-work in which the compartments are all square, as in late-Romanesque and Gothic surface-carving.


views updated May 14 2018

chequer †chess(-board) XIII; †exchequer XIV; chequered pattern XVII. Aphetic of EXCHEQUER.
Hence chequer vb. diversify as with a chessboard pattern. XIV.


views updated May 21 2018

cheq·uer • n. & v. British spelling of checker2 .