noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: Middle English draghtes, from plural of draght draft, move in chess Date: 15th century British checkers

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  • Draughts — Draughts, n. pl. A game, now more commonly called {checkers}. See {Checkers}. [1913 Webster] Note: {Polish draughts} is sometimes played with 40 pieces on a board divided into 100 squares. Am. Cyc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Draughts — Draughts, n. pl. A mild vesicatory. See {Draught}, n., 3 (c) . [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draughts — [drafts, dräfts] n. Brit. the game of checkers * * * draughts (drăfts, dräfts) n. Chiefly British (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The game of checkers.   [Middle English draughtes, pl. of draught, act of pulling, move at chess …   Universalium

  • draughts — draughts; draughts·man; …   English syllables

  • draughts — [ dræfts ] noun uncount BRITISH the game of CHECKERS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • draughts — (n.) British name for the tabletop game that in U.S. is CHECKERS (Cf. checkers), c.1400, from DRAUGHT (Cf. draught), perhaps because the pieces are dragged over the board in moves. Earlier it is recorded as jeu de dames (late 14c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • draughts — [drafts, dräfts] n. Brit. the game of checkers …   English World dictionary

  • Draughts — This article is about the group of the board games. For other uses of draft , see Draft (disambiguation). For other uses of checkers , see Checkers (disambiguation). Not to be confused with Drought. Draughts Starting position on a 10×10 draughts… …   Wikipedia

  • Draughts — Spielbrett für Dame Dame ist ein strategisches Brettspiel für zwei Spieler. Es zählt zu den Spielen mit vollständiger Information. Es ist also möglich, eine Spielstrategie zu finden, deren Erfolg nicht von Glück abhängt. Das Spiel ist im… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • draughts — Checkers Check ers (ch[e^]k [ e]rz), n. pl. [See {Checher}, v.] A game, called also {draughts}, played on a checkerboard by two persons, each having twelve men (counters or checkers) which are moved diagonally. The game is ended when either of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draughts — šaškės statusas T sritis Kūno kultūra ir sportas apibrėžtis Medžio, plastiko ar kitos medžiagos ritinėlių rinkinys šaškėms žaisti. atitikmenys: angl. checkers; draughts vok. Dame, f; Damespiel, n rus. шашки …   Sporto terminų žodynas

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