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ChathamIslands
Chatham Islands An island group of New Zealand in the southwest Pacific Ocean east of South Island. The islands were discovered in 1791. * * *
Chatichai Choonhavan
▪ 1999       Thai politician (b. April 25, 1922, Bangkok, Thai.—d. May 6, 1998, London, Eng.), served as prime minister of Thailand during an economic boom in the late ...
Châtillon
▪ France also called  Châtillon-sous-Bagneux        town, a southwestern suburb of Paris, in Hauts-de-Seine département, Île-de-France région, north-central ...
Chatino
▪ people       Mesoamerican Indians of southwestern Oaxaca state in southern Mexico. The Chatino language is closely related to the neighbouring Zapotec language, and ...
chaton
/shann tawonn"/, n., pl. chatons /-tawonn"/. 1. Also called chaton foil. an imitation gem of paste that has its pavilion backed with metal foil or silver to reflect light. 2. a ...
Chatou
▪ France       town, Yvelines département, Île-de-France région, north-central France, on the Seine River. Chatou is a northwestern residential suburb of Paris, with ...
chatoyance
▪ mineral property       the property of some minerals to exhibit a wavy, luminous band with a silky lustre, reminiscent of the eye of a cat, in the centre of a ...
chatoyancy
See chatoyant. * * *
chatoyant
—chatoyance, chatoyancy, n. /sheuh toy"euhnt/, adj. 1. changing in luster or color: chatoyant silk. 2. Jewelry. reflecting a single streak of light when cut in a ...
Chatrier, Philippe
▪ 2001       French tennis player, sportswriter, and sports administrator (b. Feb. 2, 1928, Créteil, France—d. June 22, 2000, Dinard, France), as head of the French ...
chatroom
chat·room (chătʹro͞om', -ro͝om') n. A site on a computer network where online conversations are held in real time by a number of users. * * *
Chatsworth
a large and grand house in Derbyshire, England, built in the 17th century. It is now open to the public, and attracts many tourists. Its beautiful gardens were originally ...
Chattahoochee
/chat'euh hooh"chee/, n. a river flowing S from N Georgia along part of the boundary between Alabama and Georgia into the Apalachicola River. ab. 418 mi. (675 km) long. * * *
Chattahoochee River
River, southeastern U.S. Rising in northeastern Georgia, it flows southwest to the Alabama border and then south, forming a section of the Alabama-Georgia and Georgia-Florida ...
Chattanooga
—Chattanoogan, Chattanoogian /chat'euh nooh"jee euhn/, adj., n. /chat'euh nooh"geuh/, n. a city in SE Tennessee, on the Tennessee River: Civil War battle 1863. 169,565. * * ...
Chattanooga, Battle of
(Nov. 23–25, 1863) Decisive engagement of the American Civil War. The battle was fought at Chattanooga, Tenn., a vital railroad junction. A Confederate army under Braxton ...
chattel
/chat"l/, n. 1. Law. a movable article of personal property. 2. any article of tangible property other than land, buildings, and other things annexed to land. 3. a ...
chattel mortgage
a mortgage on household, movable, or other personal property. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
chattelmortgage
chattel mortgage n. A mortgage using movable personal property rather than real estate as security. * * *
chatter
—chatteringly, adv. —chattery, adj. /chat"euhr/, v.i. 1. to talk rapidly in a foolish or purposeless way; jabber. 2. to utter a succession of quick, inarticulate, speechlike ...
chatter mark
1. a mark left by a tool that has been chattering. 2. Geol. any of a series of irregular gouges made on rock surfaces by the slipping of rock fragments held in the lower portion ...
chatterbox
/chat"euhr boks'/, n. an excessively talkative person. [1765-75; i.e., person whose voice box chatters constantly] * * *
chatterer
/chat"euhr euhr/, n. 1. a person who chatters; a chatterbox. 2. any of several passerine birds having a chattering cry, as certain waxwings and cotingas. [1400-50; late ME ...
chattering class
well-educated members of the upper-middle or upper class who freely express esp. liberal opinions or judgments on current issues and events. [1980-85] * * *
chattering classes
chattering classes n. 〚? < living-room political discussion groups in London in late 1980s〛 intellectuals, literary and media people, etc. as a group usually thought of as ...
Chatterjee, Bankim Chandra
orig. Bankim Chandra Cattopadhyay born June 26/27, 1838, near Naihati, Bengal, India died April 8, 1894, Calcutta Indian novelist. Chatterjee was educated in Calcutta (now ...
Chatterji
/chah"teuhr jee/, n. Bankim Chandra /bung"kim chun"dreuh/, 1838-94, Indian novelist in the Bengali language. Also, Chatterjee. * * *
Chatterley
➡ Lady Chatterley’s Lover. * * *
chattermark
chatter mark also chat·ter·mark (chătʹər-märk') n. 1. A riblike marking on wood or metal, caused by vibration of a cutting tool. 2. Geology. One of a series of short scars ...
Chatterton
/chat"euhr teuhn/, n. Thomas, 1752-70, English poet. * * *
Chatterton, Thomas
born Nov. 20, 1752, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Eng. died Aug. 24, 1770, London English poet. At age 11 Chatterton wrote a pastoral eclogue on an old parchment and passed it off ...
Chatterton,Thomas
Chat·ter·ton (chătʹər-tən), Thomas. 1752-1770. British poet who fooled scholars by ascribing his poetry to a 15th-century monk, Thomas Rowley. Unable to support himself by ...
Chatti
▪ people       Germanic tribe that became one of the most powerful opponents of the Romans during the 1st century AD. At that time the Chatti expanded from their ...
Chattian Stage
▪ geochronology also called  Casselian Stage         uppermost and latest division of Oligocene (Oligocene Epoch) rocks, representing all rocks deposited worldwide ...
chattily
See chatty. * * *
chattiness
See chattily. * * *
chatty
—chattily, adv. —chattiness, n. /chat"ee/, adj., chattier, chattiest. 1. characterized by friendly and informal talk or writing, often about minor or personal matters: a ...
Chatwin, Bruce
▪ British author in full  Charles Bruce Chatwin  born May 13, 1940, Sheffield, Yorkshire, Eng. died Jan 18, 1989, Nice, France       British writer who won ...
Chaucer
/chaw"seuhr/, n. Geoffrey, 1340?-1400, English poet. * * *
Chaucer, Geoffrey
born с 1342/43, London?, Eng. died Oct. 25, 1400, London English poet. Of middle-class birth, he was a courtier, diplomat, and civil servant, trusted by three kings in his ...
Chaucer,Geoffrey
Chau·cer (chôʹsər), Geoffrey. 1340?-1400. English poet regarded as the greatest literary figure of medieval England. His works include The Book of the Duchess (1369), ...
Chaucerian
/chaw sear"ee euhn/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Chaucer's writings: Chaucerian wit. n. 2. a scholar devoted to the study of Chaucer and his ...
chaudfroid
Fr. /shoh frddwah"/, n. 1. a cooked dish of fowl or game, served cold with aspic, jelly, or a sauce. 2. the aspic glaze covering the cold food. Also, chaud-froid. [1890-95; < F: ...
Chaudhuri, Nirad Chandra
▪ 2000       Indian Hindu author and scholar who opposed the withdrawal of British colonial rule from the Indian subcontinent and the subsequent rejection of Western ...
Chaudor carpet
      floor covering handmade by the Chaudor (Chodor) Turkmen. Usually, they are made either in carpet size or as bag faces (the fronts of bags used for storage in tents ...
chauffer
/chaw"feuhr/, n. a small, portable stove. [1815-25; var. of obs. chafer, ME chafer (see CHAFE, -ER1), prob. influenced by + F chauffoir heater] * * *
chauffeur
/shoh"feuhr, shoh ferr"/, n. 1. a person employed to drive a private automobile or limousine for the owner. 2. a person employed to drive a car or limousine that transports ...
chauffeuse
/shoh fuez"/, n., pl. chauffeuses /-fuez"/. Fr. Furniture. a fireside chair having a low seat and a high back. [1900-05; < F, fem. of chauffeur. See CHAUFFEUR] * * *
Chauhan, Jagjit Singh
▪ 2008  Indian Sikh separatist leader born 1927 , Tanda, Punjab, British India died April 4, 2007 , Tanda, Punjab state, India as a prominent figure in the movement for an ...
Chauk
▪ Myanmar       town and port, north-central Myanmar (Burma). Situated in the Irrawaddy River basin, it is a petroleum port for the Singu-Chauk oil fields. ...
Chauliac, Guy de
▪ French physician Italian  Guido de Cauliaco   born c. 1300, Chauliac, Auvergne, France died July 25, 1368, Avignon       the most eminent surgeon of the European ...
chaulmoogra
/chawl mooh"greuh/, n. any of several trees of the genus Hydnocarpus (or Taraktogenos), of southeastern Asia, esp. H. kurzii, the seeds of which yield chaulmoogra oil. [1805-15; ...
chaulmoogra oil
a brownish-yellow oil or soft fat expressed from the seeds of a chaulmoogra tree, used formerly in the treatment of leprosy and skin diseases. [1805-15] * * *
Chaumette, Pierre-Gaspard
born May 24, 1763, Nevers, France died April 13, 1794, Paris French Revolutionary leader. In 1791 he signed the petition that demanded the abdication of Louis XVI. As ...
Chaumont
/shoh mawonn"/, n. a city in and the capital of Haute-Marne, in NE France. 29,329. Also called Chaumont-en-Bassigny /shoh mawonn"ahonn bann see nyee"/. * * * ▪ France also ...
Chaumont, Treaty of
(1814) Treaty signed by Austria, Prussia, Russia, and Britain binding them to defeat Napoleon. The British foreign secretary Viscount Castlereagh played a leading part in ...
Chauncey
/chawn"see, chahn"-/, n. a male given name. * * *
Chauncey, Henry
▪ 2003       American educator (b. Feb. 9, 1905, New York, N.Y.—d. Dec. 3, 2002, Shelburne, Vt.), was an assistant dean at Harvard University when he began the quest ...
Chauncy, Charles
born Jan. 1, 1705, Boston, Mass. died Feb. 10, 1787, Boston, Mass., U.S. American clergyman. He served as minister of the First Church of Boston from 1727 until his death. He ...
chaunt
/chawnt, chahnt/, n., v.t., v.i. Obs. chant. * * *
chausses
/shohs/, n. (used with a pl. v.) 1. medieval armor of mail for the legs and feet. 2. tights worn by men in medieval times over the legs and feet. [1350-1400; ME chauces < MF, pl. ...
Chausson
/shoh sawonn"/, n. Ernest /erdd nest"/, 1855-99, French composer. * * *
Chausson, (Amédée-) Ernest
born Jan. 21, 1855, Paris, France died June 10, 1899, Limay French composer. He studied with Jules Massenet and César Franck. Having a comfortable income, he kept a notable ...
Chausson, Ernest
▪ French composer in full  Amédée-Ernest Chausson  born Jan. 21, 1855, Paris, France died June 10, 1899, Limay       composer whose small body of compositions has ...
chaussure
/shoh syuurdd"/, n., pl. chaussures /-syuurdd"/. French. any foot covering, as a shoe or boot; footwear. * * *
Chautauqua
/sheuh taw"kweuh, cheuh-/, n. 1. Lake, a lake in SW New York. 18 mi. (29 km) long. 2. a village on this lake: summer educational center. 3. an annual educational meeting, ...
Chautauqua movement
Popular U.S. educational and cultural movement founded in 1874. It began as a training assembly for Sunday-school teachers at Chautauqua Lake, N.Y., but gradually spread to ...
ChautauquaLake
Chau·tau·qua Lake (shə-tôʹkwə, chə-) A lake of southwest New York. The Chautauqua movement of adult education, offering a range of cultural, religious, and recreational ...
Chautemps
/shoh tahonn"/, n. Camille /kann mee"yeu/, 1885-1963, French politician: premier 1930, 1933-34, 1937-38. * * *
Chautemps, Camille
born Feb. 1, 1885, Paris, France died July 1, 1963, Washington, D.C., U.S. French politician. A Radical Socialist, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1919. He served ...
chauth
▪ Indian tax       in 17th- and 18th-century India, a levy of one-fourth of the revenue demand (or actual collection) of a district from which the Marathas ...
Chauvelin Family
▪ French family       prominent French family that had great influence in affairs of state from the 16th to 19th centuries and produced many notable diplomats and ...
Chauvin, Yves
▪ French chemist born Oct. 10, 1930, France       French chemist who was corecipient, with Robert H. Grubbs (Grubbs, Robert H.) and Richard R. Schrock (Schrock, Richard ...
chauvinism
—chauvinist, n. —chauvinistic, adj. —chauvinistically, adv. /shoh"veuh niz'euhm/, n. 1. zealous and aggressive patriotism or blind enthusiasm for military glory. 2. biased ...
chauvinist
See chauvinism. * * *
chauvinistic
See chauvinist. * * *
chauvinistically
See chauvinist. * * *
Chaux-de-Fonds, La
▪ Switzerland       town, Neuchâtel canton, western Switzerland. It is situated in the Jura Mountains, near the French border, northwest of Neuchâtel city. First ...
Chavannes
/shann vannn"/, n. Puvis de /pyuu vee" deuh/. See Puvis de Chavannes, Pierre. * * *
Chavannes,Pierre Puvis de
Cha·vannes (shä-vänʹ), Pierre Puvis de. See Puvis de Chavannes, Pierre. * * *
ChavannesPuvis de
ChavannesPuvis de see PUVIS DE CHAVANNES Pierre * * *
Chaves
▪ Portugal       city, northern Portugal. It lies along the Tâmega River, north-northeast of Vila Real town. The city, 5 miles (8 km) south of the Spanish frontier, is ...
Chavez
/chah"vez/ or, for 2, /shah"-, sheuh vez"/; Sp. /chah"ves/, n. 1. Carlos /kahr"lohs/; Sp. /kahrdd"laws/, 1899-1978, Mexican composer and conductor. 2. Cesar (Estrada) /see"zeuhr ...
Chávez (y Ramírez), Carlos (Antonio de Padua)
born June 13, 1899, Mexico City, Mex. died Aug. 2, 1978, Mexico City Mexican composer and conductor. Trained as a pianist, he was largely self-taught as a composer. When ...
Chávez, Carlos
▪ Mexican composer and conductor in full  Carlos Antonio de Padua Chávez y Ramírez   born June 13, 1899, Mexico City, Mex. died Aug. 2, 1978, Mexico City  Mexican ...
Chavez, Cesar
▪ American labour leader in full  Cesar Estrada Chavez  born March 31, 1927, Yuma, Arizona, U.S. died April 23, 1993, San Luis, Arizona  organizer of migrant American ...
Chavez, Cesar (Estrada)
born March 31, 1927, Yuma, Ariz., U.S. died April 23, 1993, San Luis, Ariz. U.S. organizer and leader of migrant farmworkers. As the child of Mexican American migrant ...
Chavez, Cesar Estrada
▪ 1994       U.S. migrant farm worker and labour leader (b. March 31, 1927, Yuma, Ariz.—found dead April 23, 1993, San Luis, Ariz.), was an inspirational Hispanic ...
Chávez, CésarEstrada
Chá·vez (chäʹvĕz', shäʹ-), César Estrada. 1927-1993. American labor organizer who founded the National Farm Workers Association (1962). * * *
Chávez, Federico
▪ president of Paraguay Chávez also spelled  Cháves  born 1881?, Asunción, Paraguay died April 24, 1978, Asunción       Paraguayan politician and soldier who ...
Chavez, Hugo
▪ 2006       Venezuelan Pres. Hugo Chávez made headlines throughout 2005 with his escalating anti-American rhetoric and increased efforts to implement “21st-century ...
Chávez, Julio César
▪ Mexican boxer born July 12, 1962, Culiacán, Mexico       Mexican professional boxer and world lightweight champion, for many years one of Mexico's most popular ...
Chaviano, Daína
▪ Cuban author born 1957, Havana, Cuba       expatriate Cuban author of novels, novellas, short stories, and scripts for film and television.       Chaviano grew ...
Chavigny et de Buzançais, Léon Bouthillier, comte de
▪ French statesman born March 28, 1608, Paris, France died Oct. 11, 1652, Paris       prominent figure during the French civil wars of the Fronde (Fronde, ...
Chavin
/cheuh veen"/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a Peruvian culture flourishing from the 1st to the 6th century A.D. [named after Chavin, town in Peru] * * * ▪ ...
Chavín de Huántar
Chavín de Huán·tar (dĕ wänʹtär) A major center of Chavin civilization in the northern highlands of Peru, noted for its temple complex and stylized stone carvings. * * ...
Chavis, Wilson Anthony
▪ 2002 “Boozoo”        American singer and accordion player (b. Oct. 23, 1930, Dog Hill, Lake Charles, La.—d. May 5, 2001, Austin, Texas), helped popularize zydeco ...
chavurah
Seph.,Ashk. /khah'vooh rddah"/; Eng. /khah'voo rah"/, n., pl. chavuroth, chavurot Seph. /-rddawt"/; Ashk. /-rddohs"/, Eng. chavurahs. Hebrew. havurah. * * *
chaw
—chawer, n. /chaw/, v.t., v.i., n. Dial. chew. * * *
Chawla, Kalpana
▪ 2004       Indian-born American astronaut (b. July 1, 1961, Karnal, India—d. Feb. 1, 2003, over Texas), was a mission specialist on the space shuttle Columbia. ...
chay
/shay/, n. chaise; shay. * * *
Chayefsky
/chuy ef"skee/, n. Paddy /pad"ee/, 1923-1981, U.S. playwright and director. * * *
Chayefsky, Paddy
orig. Sidney Chayefsky born Jan. 29, 1923, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 1, 1981, New York City U.S. playwright. He wrote his first full-length television play in 1952, and ...
Chayefsky,Paddy
Cha·yef·sky (chī-ĕfʹskē, chā-), Paddy. 1923-1981. American playwright and screenwriter. He won an Academy Award for Marty (1955) and Hospital (1971). * * *
Chaykovsky, Nikolay Vasilyevich
▪ Russian politician Chaykovsky also spelled  Chaikovsky   born Jan. 7, 1851, [Dec. 26, 1850, Old Style], Vyatka [now Kirov], Russia died April 30, 1926, Harrow, Middlesex, ...
chayote
/chuy oh"tee/, n. 1. a tropical American vine, Sechium edule, of the gourd family, having triangular leaves and small, white flowers. 2. the green or white, furrowed, usually ...
chazan
Seph. /khah zahn"/; Ashk., Eng. /khah"zeuhn/, n., pl. chazanim Seph. /khah'zah neem"/; Ashk. /khah zaw"nim/, Eng. chazans /khah"zeuhnz/. Hebrew. hazan. Also, chazzan. * * *
chazerei
/khah'zeuh rdduy"/; Eng. /hah'zeuh ruy"/, n. Yiddish. anything of little value; junk; garbage. Also, chazzerei, chozerei. * * *
ChE
ChE abbrev. Chemical Engineer * * * ChE abbr. chemical engineer. * * * (as used in expressions) Liu Che Che chiang Guevara Che * * *
che sarà sarà
/ke" sah rddah" sah rddah"/, Italian. what will be, will be. * * *
cheap
—cheapish, adj. —cheapishly, adv. —cheaply, adv. —cheapness, n. /cheep/, adj., cheaper, cheapest, adv., n. adj. 1. costing very little; relatively low in price; ...
cheap shot
1. a covert, unsportsmanlike, and illegal act of deliberate roughness, esp. in football, often calculated to injure an opponent. 2. any mean or unsportsmanlike remark or action, ...
cheap-jack
/cheep"jak'/, n. 1. a peddler, esp. of inferior articles. adj. 2. of or suitable for a cheap-jack; cheap or inferior. 3. without scruples or principles; underhanded: using ...
cheapen
—cheapener, n. /chee"peuhn/, v.t. 1. to make cheap or cheaper. 2. to lower in esteem; bring into contempt: Constant swearing cheapened him. 3. to decrease the quality or beauty ...
cheapener
See cheapen. * * *
cheapie
/chee"pee/, Informal. n. 1. a cheaply made, often inferior, product: The movie studio made a dozen cheapies last year. 2. any item that is inexpensive as compared with others of ...
cheapjack
cheap·jack (chēpʹjăk') n. A peddler or dealer of cheap goods. adj. Inferior in quality or value; tawdry: “cheapjack moviemaking... that feeds on the low taste of the ...
cheaply
See cheap. * * *
cheapness
See cheaply. * * *
cheapo
/chee"poh/, adj., n. Slang. cheapie. Also, el cheapo. [1970-75; CHEAP + -O] * * *
cheapshot
cheap shot n. An unfair or unsporting verbal attack on a vulnerable target. * * *
Cheapside
/cheep"suyd'/, n. a district and thoroughfare in London, England. * * *
cheapskate
/cheep"skayt'/, n., v., cheapskated, cheapskating. Informal. n. 1. a person who is stingy and miserly. v.i. 2. to act in a stingy or miserly way. [1895-1900, Amer.; CHEAP + ...
cheapy
/chee"pee/, n., pl. cheapies, adj. Informal. cheapie. [CHEAP + -Y2] * * *
cheat
—cheatable, adj. —cheatingly, adv. /cheet/, v.t. 1. to defraud; swindle: He cheated her out of her inheritance. 2. to deceive; influence by fraud: He cheated us into ...
cheater
/chee"teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that cheats. 2. cheaters, Slang. a. eyeglasses; spectacles. b. falsies. [1300-50; ME; see CHEAT, -ER1] * * *
cheaters
☆ cheaters [chēt′ərz ] pl.n. Slang eyeglasses, esp. dark glasses * * *
cheatgrass
cheat·grass (chētʹgrăs') n. A grass (Bromus tectorum) that is native to Eurasian temperate regions and has become widespread in the grasslands of the western United States. ...
Cheatham, Adolphus Anthony
▪ 1998       , American jazz trumpeter whose 70-year international career took him from playing in bands—working with such notables as Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, and ...
Cheb
▪ Czech Republic German  Eger,         city, extreme western Czech Republic. Cheb lies along the Ohře River, near the German border. Its history has been full of ...
chebec
/chi bek"/, n. See least flycatcher. [imit.] * * *
chebeck
/shi bek"/, n. Naut. xebec. * * *
Cheboksary
/cheb'euhk sahr"ee/; Russ. /chyi bu ksah"rddi/, n. a port in and the capital of the Chuvash Autonomous Republic, in the Russian Federation in Europe, on the Volga. 420,000. * * ...
Cheboygan
▪ Michigan, United States       city, seat (1853) of Cheboygan county, northern Michigan, U.S. The city lies along the Cheboygan River as it enters Lake Huron (Huron, ...
Chebrikov, Viktor Mikhaylovich
▪ 2000       Soviet spymaster who, as deputy chairman (1968–82) and chairman (1982–88) of the Committee for State Security, or KGB, skillfully presided over the ...
Chebyshev equation
/cheuh beuh shawf"/, Math. See Tchebycheff equation. * * *
Chebyshev polynomial
Math. See Tchebycheff polynomial. * * *
Chebyshev's inequality
▪ mathematics also called  Bienaymé-Chebyshev inequality        in probability theory, a theorem that characterizes the dispersion of data away from its mean ...
Chebyshev, Pafnuty Lvovich
▪ Russian mathematician born May 4 [May 16, New Style], 1821, Okatovo, Russia died November 26 [December 8], 1894, St. Petersburg  founder of the St. Petersburg mathematical ...
chechako
/chee chah"koh/, n., pl. chechakos. (in the Pacific Northwest) cheechako. * * *
Chechen
/cheuh chen"/, n., pl. Chechens, (esp. collectively) Chechen for 1. 1. a member of a Sunni Muslim people living in the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Republic and adjacent areas, ...
Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Republic
/cheuh chen"in goohsh"/ an autonomous republic of the Russian Federation, in Caucasia. 1,277,000; 7,350 sq. mi. (19,300 sq. km). Cap.: Grozny. Also, Checheno-Ingush Autonomous ...
chéchia
/shaysh"yah/, n. a close-fitting, cylindrical cap with a tuft or tassel. [1905-10; < F < North African dial. var. of Ar shashiyah, after Shash, city in Persia where it was once ...
Chechnya
Chechnya [chech′nē ə] ethnic region in the N Caucasus, Russia: since 1991 its status as a political subdivision of the Russian Federation has been disputed by the Chechens * ...
Chechnyan
See Chechnya. * * *
check
check1 —checkless, adj. /chek/, v., n., pl. checks or, for 45, chex, adj., interj. v.t. 1. to stop or arrest the motion of suddenly or forcibly: He checked the horse at the ...
check bit
Computers. a binary digit used as part of a unit of information that is intended to indicate whether or not an error has occurred in the transmission or storage of the ...
check line
1. a checkrein. 2. Naut. a line for controlling the progress of a vessel, as along a quay. * * *
check mark.
check1 (def. 34). [1915-20] * * *
check protector
checkwriter. * * *
check rail
(in a window sash) a meeting rail, esp. one closing against the corresponding rail with a diagonal or rabbeted overlap. Also, checkrail. Cf. plain rail. [1875-80] * * *
check valve
a valve permitting liquids or gases to flow in one direction only. [1875-80] * * *
check-in
/chek"in'/, n. the act or fact of checking in. [1915-20; n. use of v. phrase check in] * * *
check-over
/chek"oh'veuhr/, n. a thorough examination or investigation. [n. use of v. phrase check over] * * *
checkable
—checkability, n. /chek"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being checked, as by inquiry or verification: The fact is checkable from available records. 2. (of money deposited in a ...
checkback
/chek"bak'/, n. a check or verification of a process, tabulation, etc., already completed. [1925-30; n. use of v. phrase check back] * * *
checkbook
/chek"book'/, n. a book containing blank checks or orders on a bank. [1770-80, Amer.; CHECK1 + BOOK] * * *
checkbookjournalism
checkbook journalism n. Journalism that involves the payment of money to an informant for the right to publish or broadcast a news story. * * *
checked
/chekt/, adj. 1. having a pattern of squares; checkered: a checked shirt. 2. Phonet. (of a vowel) situated in a closed syllable (opposed to free). [1375-1425; late ME. See ...
checkedy
/chek"i dee/, adj. checkered; having a checked pattern. [1915-20, Amer.; appar. CHECKED + -Y1] * * *
checker
checker1 /chek"euhr/, n. 1. a small, usually red or black disk of plastic or wood, used in playing checkers. 2. checkers, a. Also called, Brit., draughts. (used with a sing. v.) ...
checkerberry
/chek"euhr ber'ee/, n., pl. checkerberries. 1. the red fruit of the American wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens. 2. the plant itself. 3. any of several other plants bearing ...
checkerbloom
/chek"euhr bloohm'/, n. a western North American plant, Sidalcea malviflora, of the mallow family, having long, loose clusters of rose-colored flowers. Also called wild ...
checkerboard
/chek"euhr bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. 1. a board marked off into 64 squares of two alternating colors, arranged in eight vertical and eight horizontal rows, on which checkers or chess ...
checkered
/chek"euhrd/, adj. 1. marked by numerous and various shifts or changes; variegated: a checkered career. 2. marked by dubious episodes; suspect in character or quality: a ...
checkered beetle
▪ insect  any of the approximately 3,000 species of the insect family Cleridae (order Coleoptera). Checkered beetles occur throughout the world, mainly in the tropics; the ...
checkered flag
(in automobile racing) 1. a flag having a pattern of black and white squares, used to signal that a car has crossed the finish line and completed its race. 2. this signal ...
checkered lily
a lily, Fritillaria meleagris, native to Europe, having solitary, checkered, red-purple flowers mottled with greenish yellow. Also called guinea-hen flower, snake's-head. * * *
Checkers
the name of a dog that belonged to Richard Nixon. Nixon was accused of accepting money illegally when he was a candidate for Vice-president in 1952. He made an emotional speech ...
Checkers speech
➡ Checkers * * *
checkerspot
/chek"euhr spot'/, n. any of several butterflies of the genus Melitaea, having black wings with yellowish-brown, checkerlike markings. [CHECKER1 + SPOT] * * *
checkerwork
/chek"euhr werrk'/, n. a pile of loosely stacked bricks in the regenerator of a regenerative furnace. [CHECKER1 + WORK] * * * ▪ architecture       in architecture, ...
checkhook
/chek"hook'/, n. a hook on the saddle of a harness, for holding the end of the checkrein. [CHECK(REIN) + HOOK] * * *
checking account
a bank deposit against which checks can be drawn by the depositor. Cf. savings account. [1920-25, Amer.] * * *
checkingaccount
check·ing account (chĕkʹĭng) n. A bank account in which checks may be written against amounts on deposit. * * *
checkless society.
See cashless society. * * *
checklist
/chek"list'/, n. 1. Also, check list. a list of items, as names or tasks, for comparison, verification, or other checking purposes. v.t. 2. to enter (an item) on a ...
checkmark
/chek"mahrk'/, v.t. to indicate by a check mark. [1955-60; CHECK1 + MARK1] * * *
checkmate
/chek"mayt'/, n., v., checkmated, checkmating, interj. n. 1. Also called mate. Chess. a. an act or instance of maneuvering the opponent's king into a check from which it cannot ...
checkoff
/chek"awf', -of'/, n. 1. the collection of union dues by employers through compulsory deduction from each worker's wages. 2. a voluntary contribution from one's income tax for a ...
checkout
/chek"owt'/, n. 1. the procedure of vacating and paying for one's quarters at a hotel. 2. the time before which a hotel room must be vacated if another day's charge is not to be ...
checkpoint
/chek"poynt'/, n. 1. a place along a road, border, etc., where travelers are stopped for inspection. 2. a point or item, esp. in a procedure, for notation, inspection, or ...
Checkpoint Charlie
a checkpoint in Berlin at which passage was permitted between East and West Berlin. * * *
checkrein
/chek"rayn'/, n. 1. a short rein passing from the bit to the saddle of a harness, to prevent the horse from lowering its head. Cf. overcheck (def. 2), sidecheck. See illus. under ...
checkroom
/chek"roohm', -room'/, n. a room where hats, coats, parcels, etc., may be checked. [1895-1900, Amer.; CHECK1 + ROOM] * * *
checkrow
/chek"roh'/, Agric. n. 1. one of a number of rows of trees or plants, esp. corn, in which the distance between adjacent trees or plants is equal to that between adjacent ...
checks and balances
limits imposed on all branches of a government by vesting in each branch the right to amend or void those acts of another that fall within its purview. [1780-90] * * * Principle ...
checkup
/chek"up'/, n. 1. a comprehensive physical examination: He went to the doctor for a checkup. 2. an examination or close scrutiny, as for verification, accuracy, or comparison: ...
checkweighman
/chek"way'meuhn/, n., pl. checkweighmen. a representative elected by coal miners to check the findings of the mine owner's weighman where miners are paid by the weight of coal ...
checkwriter
/chek"ruy'teuhr/, n. a machine for printing amounts on checks, as by perforations, so as to prevent alterations. [CHECK1 + WRITER] * * *
checky
/chek"ee/, adj. Heraldry. divided into several rows of squares of two alternating tinctures: a fess checky, or and azure. Also, chequy. [1400-50; late ME cheke(e) < MF escheque ...
cheddar
—cheddary, adj. /ched"euhr/, n. (often cap.) a hard, smooth-textured cheese, made usually from the whole milk of cows and varying in color from white to deep yellow and in ...
cheddar (cheese)
cheddar (cheese) [ched′ər] n. 〚after Cheddar, in Somerset, England, where orig. made〛 [often C-] a variety of hard, smooth cheese, mild to very sharp * * *
Cheddar cheese
➡ Cheddar * * *
Cheddar Gorge
a long deep valley in Somerset, England. It is known for its attractive scenery and many caves in the cliffs around the valley, where people lived in prehistoric times. * * *
cheddar pink
a low, mat-forming European plant, Dianthus gratianopolitanus, of the pink family, having solitary, fragrant, rose-colored flowers with fringed petals. [1835-45; named after ...
cheddite
/ched"uyt, shed"-/, n. Chem. an explosive for blasting, composed of a chlorate or perchlorate mixed with a fatty substance, as castor oil. [1905-10; named after Chedde, town in ...
cheder
/khay"deuhrdd/; Eng. /khay"deuhr, hay"-/, n., pl. chadarim /kheuh dah"rddim/, Eng. cheders. Yiddish. heder. * * *
Chédiak-Higashi syndrome
▪ pathology       a rare inherited childhood disease characterized by the inability of white blood cells called phagocytes to destroy invading ...
Cheduba Island
▪ island, Myanmar also called  Manaung Island,         island in the Bay of Bengal, southwestern Myanmar (Burma). It lies about 30 miles (50 km) west of Taungup on ...
cheechako
/chee chah"koh/, n., pl. cheechakos. (sometimes cap.) Informal. (in Alaska and Northern Canada) a tenderfoot; greenhorn; newcomer. Also, chechako, cheechaco. [1895-1900; < ...
cheek
—cheekless, adj. /cheek/, n. 1. either side of the face below the eye and above the jaw. 2. the side wall of the mouth between the upper and lower jaws. 3. something resembling ...
cheek pouch
a sac in the cheek of certain animals, as squirrels, in which food may be carried. [1825-35] * * *
cheek strap
(of a bridle) one of two straps passing over the cheeks of the horse and connecting the crown piece with the bit or noseband. Also called cheekpiece. See illus. under harness. * ...
cheek tooth
any of the three posterior chewing teeth on each side of the upper and lower jaws in human adults; molar. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
Cheek, John
▪ 1997       Falkland Islands advocate and businessman who served on the Legislative Council and, while in London in 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falkland ...
cheekbone
/cheek"bohn'/, n. 1. the zygomatic bone. 2. the part of that bone below the eye forming the prominence of the cheek. 3. the area of the cheek overlying this bone. [bef. 1000; ME ...
cheeked
/cheekt/, adj. having cheeks of the kind indicated (used in combination): rosy-cheeked youngsters. [CHEEK + -ED3] * * *
cheekily
See cheeky. * * *
cheekiness
See cheekily. * * *
cheekpiece
/cheek"pees'/, n. 1. either of two vertical bars of a bit, one on each end of the mouthpiece. See illus. under snaffle. 2. See cheek strap. [1750-60; CHEEK + PIECE] * * *
cheekpouch
cheek pouch n. A pocketlike fold of skin in the cheeks of various animals, such as squirrels, gophers, and monkeys, that functions as a means of carrying food. * * *
Cheektowaga
/cheek'teuh wah"geuh/, n. a town in NW New York, near Buffalo. 109,442. * * * ▪ New York, United States       town (township), Erie county, western New York, U.S. It ...
cheeky
—cheekily, adv. —cheekiness, n. /chee"kee/, adj., cheekier, cheekiest. impudent; insolent: a cheeky fellow; cheeky behavior. [1855-60; CHEEK + -Y1] Syn. saucy, audacious, ...
cheep
—cheeper, n. /cheep/, v.i. 1. to chirp; peep. 2. Chiefly South Midland U.S. to reveal or tell a secret (usually used in the phrase cheep it). v.t. 3. to express by ...
cheeper
See cheep. * * *
cheer
—cheerer, n. —cheeringly, adv. /chear/, n. 1. a shout of encouragement, approval, congratulation, etc.: The cheers of the fans filled the stadium. 2. a set or traditional ...
cheerer
See cheer. * * *
cheerer-upper
/chear'euhr up"euhr/, n. Informal. a person or thing that cheers a person up: A good joke is the best cheerer-upper. [cheer up + -ER1, joined pleonastically to both v. and ...
cheerful
—cheerfully, adv. —cheerfulness, n. /chear"feuhl/, adj. 1. full of cheer; in good spirits: a cheerful person. 2. promoting or inducing cheer; pleasant; bright: cheerful ...
cheerfully
See cheerful. * * *
cheerfulness
See cheerfully. * * *
cheerily
See cheery. * * *
cheeriness
See cheerily. * * *
cheeringly
See cheerer. * * *
cheerio
/chear"ee oh', chear'ee oh"/, interj., n., pl. cheerios. Chiefly Brit. interj. 1. good-bye; good-bye and good luck. 2. (used as a toast to one's drinking companions.) n. 3. a ...
Cheerios{™}
n [pl] a popular US cereal made of oats, usually eaten with milk at breakfast. Each piece is round with a hole in the middle. * * *
cheerlead
/chear"leed'/, v., cheerled, cheerleading. v.t. 1. to act as cheerleader for. 2. to encourage by or as if by cheerleading. v.i. 3. to act as cheerleader. [by back formation from ...
cheerleader
/chear"lee'deuhr/, n. a person who leads spectators in traditional or formal cheering, esp. at a pep rally or athletic event. [1900-05, Amer.; CHEER + LEADER] * * *
cheerleaders
➡ football – American style * * *
cheerleading
/chear"lee'ding/, n. the action or skill of a cheerleader. [1950-55; CHEER + LEADING1] * * *
cheerled
cheer·led (chîrʹlĕd') v. Past tense and past participle of cheerlead. * * *
cheerless
—cheerlessly, adv. —cheerlessness, n. /chear"lis/, adj. without cheer; joyless; gloomy: drab, cheerless surroundings. [1570-80; CHEER + -LESS] * * *
cheerlessly
See cheerless. * * *
cheerlessness
See cheerlessly. * * *
cheerly
/chear"lee/, adv. Archaic. cheerily; cheeringly. [CHEER + -LY] * * *
cheero
/chear"oh/, interj., n., pl. cheeros. Brit. cheerio. [1905-10; see CHEER, -O] * * *
cheers
cheers [chirz] interj. good health: used as a toast * * * cheers (chîrz) interj. Used as a toast or valediction. See salutation. * * * a popular US comedy television ...
cheery
—cheerily, adv. —cheeriness, n. /chear"ee/, adj., cheerier, cheeriest. 1. in good spirits; gay. 2. promoting cheer; enlivening. [1840-50; CHEER + -Y1] * * *
cheese
cheese1 /cheez/, n., v., cheesed, cheesing. n. 1. the curd of milk separated from the whey and prepared in many ways as a food. 2. a definite mass of this substance, often in the ...
cheese eater
Slang. 1. an informer; rat. 2. a person who betrays, denies, or abandons his or her associates, social group, beliefs, etc. * * *
cheese pie
a pie, usually made with cream cheese, having a creamier consistency than cheesecake. * * *
cheese product
a processed cheese consisting in the U.S. of at least 50 percent cheese to which cheese whey or whey albumin may be added. * * *
cheese spread
a processed cheese of smooth and spreadable consistency. * * *
cheese steak
a sandwich of sliced steak topped with melted cheese and fried onions, usually served on a long roll. Also, cheesesteak. * * *
cheese tray
cheeseboard. * * *
cheese-paring
cheese-par·ing (chēzʹpâr'ĭng) adj. Miserly; stingy. n. 1. Something of little or no value. 2. Stinginess; parsimony. * * *
cheeseboard
/cheez"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. 1. a tray or platter for serving a variety of cheeses. 2. a selection of cheeses provided, as before or after a meal. Also called cheese ...
cheesebox seat
/cheez"boks'/ a chair seat, usually of rush, having a rounded form and surrounded with a thin strip of wood. [CHEESE1 + BOX1] * * *
cheeseburger
/cheez"berr'geuhr/, n. a hamburger cooked with a slice of cheese on top of it. [1935-40, Amer.; CHEESE1 + -BURGER] * * *
cheesecake
/cheez"kayk'/, n. 1. Also, cheese cake. a cake having a firm custardlike texture, made with cream cheese, cottage cheese, or both, and sometimes topped with a jamlike fruit ...
cheesecloth
/cheez"klawth', -kloth'/, n. a lightweight cotton fabric of open texture. Also called, esp. Brit., butter muslin. [1650-60; so called because first used to wrap cheese] * * *
cheesed
/cheezd/, adj. Chiefly Brit. Slang. disgusted; fed up (usually fol. by off). [1940-45; orig. obscure] * * *
cheesemaker
—cheesemaking, n., adj. /cheez"may'keuhr/, n. a person or thing that makes cheese. [1865-70; CHEESE1 + MAKER] * * *
cheeseparing
—cheeseparer, n. /cheez"pair'ing/, adj. 1. meanly economical; parsimonious. n. 2. something of little or no value. 3. niggardly economy. [1590-1600; CHEESE1 + PARING] * * *
cheesily
See cheesy. * * *
cheesiness
See cheesily. * * *
cheesy
—cheesily, adv. —cheesiness, n. /chee"zee/, adj., cheesier, cheesiest. 1. of or like cheese: a cheesy aroma; a cheesy taste. 2. Slang. inferior or cheap; chintzy: The movie's ...
cheetah
/chee"teuh/, n. a cat, Acinonyx jubatus, of southwestern Asia and Africa, resembling a leopard but having certain doglike characteristics, often trained for hunting deer, ...
Cheever
/chee"veuhr/, n. John, 1912-82, U.S. novelist and short-story writer. * * *
Cheever, Ezekiel
▪ American colonial educator born Jan. 25, 1615, London, Eng. died Aug. 21, 1708, Boston, Mass. [U.S.]       a leading schoolmaster in colonial British ...
Cheever, John
born May 27, 1912, Quincy, Mass., U.S. died June 18, 1982, Ossining, N.Y. U.S. short-story writer and novelist. Cheever lived principally in southern Connecticut. His stories ...
Cheever,John
Chee·ver (chēʹvər), John. 1912-1982. American writer who depicted life in American suburbs with humor and compassion in his short stories and novels. He won a Pulitzer Prize ...
chef
/shef/, n. 1. the chief cook, esp. in a restaurant or hotel, usually responsible for planning menus, ordering foodstuffs, overseeing food preparation, and supervising the kitchen ...
chef de cuisine
/shef deuh kwee zeen"/, pl. chefs de cuisine /shef deuh kwee zeen"/. French. chef (def. 1). [lit., head of kitchen] * * *


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