checkerwork

noun

Definition of checkerwork

1 : work with a checkered pattern : work marked by checks : checkered design a checkerwork of light and shadow
2 : sequence of changing fortune : vicissitude the checkerwork of our lives
3 : a structure of firebrick (as in a regenerative furnace) built so that the bricks alternate with open spaces permitting the passage of gases which give heat to or receive heat from the firebrick

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