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1A person or thing that verifies or examines something.‘a spelling checker’
examiner, checker, scrutinizer, scrutineer, investigator, surveyor, assessor, appraiser, reviewer, analystView synonyms
- ‘The problem is that there are no editors and no fact checkers, so plenty of what you read on blogs is just plain untrue.’
- ‘The post-debate fact checkers will have a field day with it.’
- ‘But that story has been written and played out so often that you don't need a fact checker to verify that.’
- ‘Sandy is the assistant number checker.’
- ‘My solution is keep it simple, two firewalls, two operating systems and two virus checkers.’
- ‘The instrument is more objective than human flavor checkers and could help standardize the catfish industry.’
- ‘It has no editors, no fact checkers and anyone can contribute an entry - or delete one.’
- ‘She's used fact checkers, various sources and even called the US State Department way back in 2002 seeking a source for the quote.’
- ‘As a fact checker, I'm responsible for verifying every last name, number, and nuance of every article I see.’
- ‘Have you ever wondered why the grammar checker in your word processor is so terrible?’
- ‘Even the grammar checker on my computer has a problem with that one.’
- ‘The checker will also provide info on whether broadband services have been, or will be, affected by planned engineering works.’
- ‘It doesn't matter how many badge checkers and gun-toting security personnel you've hired.’
- ‘A nicer system would allow you to fill out your paper by hand, then you insert it in the checker which reads your ballot.’
- ‘Imagine her embarrassment when the checker got on the public address system and boomed out for the entire store to hear.’
- ‘Ultimately, what is wanted is a computer routine similar to the grammar checker which would be programmed to highlight words and phrases which were likely to be misunderstood at the receiving end.’
- ‘My target would always be unsuspecting price checkers.’
- ‘In Berlin, we saw ticket checkers enter subway trains where the on-the-spot fine is $30 and we started buying tickets again.’
- ‘The file checker will find damaged files, but it can't fix them.’
- ‘Men posing as water supply checkers called to a number of homes in the Tramore area and in one instance they managed to make their way into the home of one resident and while one distracted her the other stole the cash.’
2US A cashier in a supermarket.
- ‘At a recent trip to the supermarket the checker accidentally failed to me charge for some items.’
- ‘The checker in Aisle 4 at the supermarket stared at me.’
- ‘I had quite a bit more sympathy for Brendan, the hapless teenaged supermarket checker, than did the author of the book.’
- ‘A series of essays from various regular Americans on love, work, and life in the United States, including a housewife and supermarket checker.’
1often checkersA pattern of squares, typically alternately colored.‘a geometric shape bordered by checkers’‘a checker design’
- ‘I don't like checker patterns and tweed-like materials in general, and the jockey hats are a tad bit weird.’
- ‘The floor was done in a tiled checker pattern, black and white.’
- ‘The theme of the room was black and white checkers.’
- ‘The other one was talking to the third child, a smaller boy, who was dressed in a red and black checker coat.’
- ‘They opened the game room on Thursdays after school and from 3 until 8 they could play ping-pong or pool or checkers or something.’
- ‘The sun began to peek in through the faded blue checker curtains, bringing the afternoon hours with it.’
2North American [treated as singular] A game for two players, with twelve pieces each, played on a checkerboard.
- ‘There's a table to play checkers on over there, too.’
- ‘And experts say older women are big gamers online, though they tend to gravitate to casual time-passers like checkers, chess and Scrabble.’
- ‘You can just go play checkers with Gloria or something.’
- ‘Families and friends gather on their verandas in the evening for friendly games of checkers and cards.’
- ‘Melissa and Joseph were playing checkers in Joseph's room while watching television and they were planning to eat lunch there.’
- ‘Devon invited me home with him for holidays, and before I knew it, I was playing checkers with Linden and Ryan, helping Dev tease Katy and Lucy, and eating whatever Melinda happened to cook.’
- ‘They also played board games like checkers, chess, and dominoes.’
- ‘Lydia poured herself a mug each of hot apple cider and eggnog, filled her plate with warm sugar cookies and spicy gingerbread fresh from the oven, and went back in the living room to play checkers with herself.’
- ‘As the boys' club organizers had hoped, thousands of children from the toughest neighborhoods were persuaded to spend their evenings indoors playing checkers or basketball.’
- ‘Holden cares a great deal for Jane, and they used to have a close friendship, playing checkers all the time two summers ago, when their families were summer neighbors.’
- ‘They eventually made their way to the parlor to join the men and spend the rest of the evening playing bridge, checkers, knitting and talking.’
- ‘I wish my parents would get a hobby, like croquet or checkers.’
- ‘Now go back to losing checkers so I can watch this.’
- ‘Here, why don't you guys play some checkers to help pass the time?’
- ‘Downstairs Laura was playing checkers with Peggy.’
- ‘Currently restrained in a wheelchair, he sat peacefully in the meadow as a young counselor helped him play checkers with a fellow ‘severely impaired’ child.’
- ‘So wait, hold on, he wanted to play checkers with you?’
- 2.1 A round flat piece, usually red or black, used to play checkers.
- ‘‘Gotcha again,’ he would say, happily collecting her blue checker off of the checkerboard and placing it into his rather large pile.’
- ‘It is played by two players with 15 checkers each - one player plays black, the other white.’
- ‘His book flew out of his hand, the checkerboard slammed into the settee, and all of the little black and red checkers escaped onto the floor and skittered in all directions.’
- ‘Marbles, checkers, or stones are arranged in several piles.’
Middle English: from exchequer. The original sense chessboard gave rise to checkered meaning marked like a chessboard; hence checker (early 16th century).
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