(chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king
obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
"his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)
"she wore a skirt with checks"
a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.
"as he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name"
- check mark
the act of inspecting or verifying
"they made a check of their equipment"
"the pilot ran through the check-out procedure"
- check out procedure
additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct
"fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"
the state of inactivity following an interruption
"the negotiations were in arrest"
"held them in check"
"during the halt he got some lunch"
"the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"
"he spent the entire stop in his seat"
the bill in a restaurant
"he asked the waiter for the check"
an appraisal of the state of affairs
"they made an assay of the contents"
"a check on its dependability under stress"
a written order directing a bank to pay money
"he paid all his bills by check"
- bank check
break or crack on the surface only
"The glass cracked when it was heated"
make cracks or chinks in
"The heat checked the paint"
arrest the motion (of something) abruptly
"He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"
verify by consulting a source or authority
"check the spelling of this word"
"check your facts"
find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
"I want to see whether she speaks French"
"See whether it works"
"find out if he speaks Russian"
"Check whether the train leaves on time"
- find out
write out a check on a bank account
place into check
"He checked my kings"
hold back, as of a danger or an enemy
check the expansion or influence of
"Arrest the downward trend"
"Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"
"Contain the rebel movement"
"Turn back the tide of communism"
- turn back - hold back
decline to initiate betting
mark into squares or draw squares on
draw crossed lines on
stop in a chase especially when scent is lost
"The dog checked"
abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey
hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping
"Check your coat at the door"
consign for shipment on a vehicle
"check your luggage before boarding"
develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice
especially to teach self-control
"Parents must discipline their children"
"Is this dog trained?"
block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
be compatible, similar or consistent
coincide in their characteristics
"The two stories don't agree in many details"
"The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"
"The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"
be verified or confirmed
"These stories don't check!"
- check out
slow the growth or development of
"The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
put a check mark on or near or next to
"Please check each name on the list"
"tick off the items"
"mark off the units"
- check off - mark off - tick off
stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution
"She checked for an instant and missed a step"
lessen the intensity of
hold in restraint
hold or keep within limits
"moderate your alcohol intake"
"hold your tongue"
"hold your temper"
"control your anger"
- hold in
be careful or certain to do something
make certain of something
"He verified that the valves were closed"
"See that the curtains are closed"
"control the quality of the product"
- see to it
make an examination or investigation
"check into the rumor"
"check the time of the class"
examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition
"check the brakes"
"Check out the engine"
- check up on - look into - check out - suss out - check over - go over - check into