check·​er·​board | \ ˈche-kər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce checkerboard (audio) \

Definition of checkerboard

1 : a board used in various games (such as checkers) with usually 64 squares in 2 alternating colors
2 : something that has a pattern or arrangement like a checkerboard

Examples of checkerboard in a Sentence

The fields formed a checkerboard of light and dark squares.
Recent Examples on the Web Field of Dreams Who knew checkerboards could be so celestial? Zoe Ruffner, Harper's BAZAAR, "For the Love of Tartan," 27 Sep. 2019 From the air, the county looks like a bland checkerboard of green and brown, highlighted by the Salton Sea. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDSU’s tiny desert campus wants to stand and deliver as a true four-year university," 22 Sep. 2019 The imaginative garden vibe also includes an oversize checkerboard for games, a curvy bench encircling a crape myrtle tree, and colorful, oversize mushroom sculptures and spiral topiaries. Washington Post, "From Zen to zany, backyards with style and personality," 23 July 2019 This was the case in the recent proof about checkerboard-like patterns on a grid. Quanta Magazine, "How Randomness Can Make Math Easier," 9 July 2019 Instead, perhaps only patches of order develop, like sections of checkerboard, and these cannot be detected with existing experimental techniques. Quanta Magazine, "The Quantum Secret to Superconductivity," 22 Feb. 2016 As a result, the landscape across the state is a checkerboard of communities that allow and ban marijuana businesses. The Yakima Herald-republic, The Seattle Times, "Uprooting cannabis: Officials stepping up enforcement of ban on recreational marijuana businesses," 13 Apr. 2019 Popular designs include herringbone, Versailles (named for the original), Chantilly (named for yet another French château), checkerboard, mosaic, and basket. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Parquet Flooring: What Exactly Is it?," 15 Apr. 2019 The little red men carry the parcels across a floor that resembles a giant checkerboard and plunk them down chutes to sacks. Danielle Paquette, The Seattle Times, "Robots at Chinese e-commerce giant making workers obsolete," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of checkerboard

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of checkerboard was in 1775

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“Checkerboard.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of checkerboard

: a board that is marked with squares of two different colors (such as white and black) and that is used in various games (such as checkers)
: something that has a pattern or arrangement of squares that looks like a checkerboard


check·​er·​board | \ ˈche-kər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce checkerboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of checkerboard

: a board marked with 64 squares in two colors and used for games (as checkers)

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