check·​ers | \ ˈche-kərz How to pronounce checkers (audio) \

Definition of checkers

: a checkerboard game for 2 players each with 12 pieces

Examples of checkers in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Any video marked false by one of Facebook’s fact-checkers will not be removed from the site. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Facebook banning 'deepfakes' ahead of 2020 election," 7 Jan. 2020 Fact-checkers had to pore over the 1,000-page bill to resolve the dispute, and even then their verdict took a lot of explaining. Sarah Green Carmichael, Twin Cities, "Sarah Green Carmichael: Why it’s so hard to spot a lie," 6 Nov. 2019 Fact-checkers with PolitiFact and the Washington Post have discredited the idea that Ukraine has the DNC servers. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What you need to know about Ron Johnson, Donald Trump and the impeachment inquiry," 1 Nov. 2019 Those voters — way beyond the reach of fact-checkers — will believe whatever Trump says about Biden, true or not., "That is: The Democratic nominee must be utterly, unassailably vanilla lest the orange one enact the ultimate disaster — reelection — a prospect that terrifies many into near catatonia, including me.," 26 Sep. 2019 The company hopes to use human fact checkers to train AI to do the process in the future, but those solutions are still a long way off. Alex Baker-whitcomb, WIRED, "A Heroic Plane Landing, Instagram's New Fact Checkers, and More News," 16 Aug. 2019 Our team of fact-checkers was on the case during the Mueller hearing. NBC News, "Six takeaways from Mueller's day before Congress," 25 July 2019 Partnerships with fact checkers allowed trusted sources to evaluate whether news stories were false, and down-rank them accordingly. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook beats Twitter at fighting fake news, a new study found," 15 Sep. 2018 Getting media fact-checkers to adopt their preferred framing — tax increases! Dylan Scott, Vox, "The revealing Medicare-for-all fact-check debate roiling the internet, explained," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of checkers

1712, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of checkers was in 1712

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21 Jan 2020

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“Checkers.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of checkers

US : a game played on a board (called a checkerboard) by two players who each have 12 round pieces called checkers


check·​ers | \ ˈche-kərz How to pronounce checkers (audio) \

Kids Definition of checkers

: a game played on a checkerboard by two players each having twelve pieces

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