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noun
  1. A large building that is fortified and contains many defences; in previous ages often inhabited by a nobleman or king.
  2. A chess piece shaped like a castle tower which is also called a rook.
  3. (obsolete) A close helmet.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, p. 12,
    • : The was perhaps a figurative name for a close headpiece deduced from its enclosing and defending the head, as a castle did the whole body; or a corruption from the Old French word casquetel, a small or light helmet.
verb (castl, ing)
  1. (chess) To perform the move of castling.
ch. Tweet Definition of ch. Like Definition of ch. on Facebook
abbreviation
  1. Church
  2. chapter
  3. (biblical) Book of Chronicles, also see: w:Wiktionary_Appendix:Abbreviations
checker Tweet Definition of checker Like Definition of checker on Facebook
noun
  1. One who check, checks something.
  2. The clerk who tallies cost of purchases and accepts payment.
''There was a long line at the grocery store because the was so slow.
  1. A playing piece in the game of checkers (British: draughts).
checkerboard Tweet Definition of checkerboard Like Definition of checkerboard on Facebook
noun
  1. A pattern of squares of alternating colours
  2. A board, usually square, covered with such a pattern; especially such a board with 64 squares, used to play chess and draughts / checkers
checkmate Tweet Definition of checkmate Like Definition of checkmate on Facebook
noun
  1. The conclusive victory in a game of chess that occurs when an opponent's king has no possible move that can remove him from check, the threat of attack.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) Any situation that has no obvious escape and involves some personal loss.
verb (checkmat, ing)
  1. (transitive, chess) To put the king of an opponent into checkmate.
That jerk checkmated me in four moves!
  1. (transitive, by extension) To lead to a situation that has no obvious escape without some personal loss.
chess Tweet Definition of chess Like Definition of chess on Facebook
noun
  1. A two-player boardgame played with a board of eight rows of eight squares of alternating colours and 16 pieces for each player: eight pawns, two knights, two rooks, two bishops, a queen and a king; the aim is to get the opponent's king in a position on the board such that it cannot avoid being captured (the state known as checkmate).
chessboard Tweet Definition of chessboard Like Definition of chessboard on Facebook
noun
  1. The square board used in the game of chess, subdivided into eight rows of eight squares each, the squares in each row and column being of alternating colours.
crown Tweet Definition of crown Like Definition of crown on Facebook
noun
  1. A reward of victory or a mark of honor.
  2. A royal, imperial or princely headdress; a diadem.
  3. A representation of such a headdress, as in heraldry; it may even be that only the image exists, no physical crown, as in the case of the kingdom of Belgium; by analogy such crowns can be awarded to moral persons that don't even have a head, as the mural crown for cities in heraldry
  4. A wreath or band for the head.
  5. Imperial or regal power.
  6. The topmost part of the head.
  7. The highest part a hill.
  8. The top part of a hat.
  9. The raised centre of a road.
  10. The highest part of an arch.
  11. Splendor, finish, culmination.
achievement
  1. Any currency (originally) issued by the crown (regal power) and often bearing a crown (headdress)
  2. Specifically, a former British coin worth five shillings.
    1. (botany) The part of a plant where the root and stem meet.
  3. (anatomy) The part of a tooth above the gums.
  4. (dentistry) A prothestic covering for a tooth.
  5. (nautical) A knot formed in the end of a rope by tucking in the strands to prevent them from unravelling
  6. (nautical) The part of an anchor where the arms and the shank meet
verb
  1. To place a crown on the head of.
  2. To formally declare (someone) a king or emperor.
  3. To declare (someone) a winner.
  4. (medicine) Of a baby, during the birthing process; for the surface of the baby's head to appear in the vaginal opening.
The mother was in the second stage of labor and the fetus had just crowned, prompting a round of encouragement from the midwives.
  1. (context, gaming) To shoot an opponent in the back of the head with a shotgun in a first-person shooter video game.
  2. (context, board games) In checkers, to stack two checkers to indicate that the piece has become a king.
"Crown me!" I said, as I moved my checker to the back row.
adjective
  1. Of, related to, or pertaining to a crown.
prince
  1. Of, related to, pertaining to the top of a tree or trees.
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