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Definition: Check nut
(n[u^]t), n. [OE. nute, note, AS. hnutu; akin to D.
noot, G. nuss, OHG. nuz, Icel. hnot, Sw. n["o]t, Dan.
1. (Bot.) The fruit of certain trees and shrubs (as of the
almond, walnut, hickory, beech, filbert, etc.), consisting
of a hard and indehiscent shell inclosing a kernel.
2. A perforated block (usually a small piece of metal),
provided with an internal or female screw thread, used on
a bolt, or screw, for tightening or holding something, or
for transmitting motion. See Illust. of 1st Bolt
3. The tumbler of a gunlock. --Knight.
4. (Naut.) A projection on each side of the shank of an
anchor, to secure the stock in place.
5. pl. Testicles. [vulgar slang]
, Jam nut
, Lock nut
, a nut which is screwed up
tightly against another nut on the same bolt or screw, in
order to prevent accidental unscrewing of the first nut.
. See under Buoy
, screened coal of a size smaller than stove coal
and larger than pea coal; -- called also chestnut coal
(Zo["o]l.), any leucosoid crab of the genus
as, Ebalia tuberosa
(Bot.), See nut grass
in the vocabulary.
, a device, as a metal plate bent up at the
corners, to prevent a nut from becoming unscrewed, as by
. (Bot.) See under Pine
(Bot.), a genus of cyperaceous plants (Scleria
having a hard bony achene. Several species are found in
the United States and many more in tropical regions.
, a tree that bears nuts.
(Zo["o]l.), any species of weevils of the genus
and other allied genera, which in the larval
state live in nuts.
(ch[e^]k), n. [OE. chek, OF. eschec, F. ['e]chec,
a stop, hindrance, orig. check in the game of chess, pl.
['e]checs chess, through Ar., fr. Pers. sh[=a]h king. See
, and cf. Checkmate
1. (Chess) A word of warning denoting that the king is in
danger; such a menace of a player's king by an adversary's
move as would, if it were any other piece, expose it to
immediate capture. A king so menaced is said to be in
check, and must be made safe at the next move.
2. A condition of interrupted or impeded progress; arrest;
stop; delay; as, to hold an enemy in check.
Which gave a remarkable check to the first progress
of Christianity. --Addison.
No check, no stay, this streamlet fears.
3. Whatever arrests progress, or limits action; an obstacle,
guard, restraint, or rebuff.
Useful check upon the administration of government.
A man whom no check could abash. --Macaulay.
4. A mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be
prevented, or a thing or person may be identified; as,
checks placed against items in an account; a check given
for baggage; a return check on a railroad.
5. A written order directing a bank or banker to pay money as
therein stated. See Bank check
6. A woven or painted design in squares resembling the patten
of a checkerboard; one of the squares of such a design;
also, cloth having such a figure.
7. (Falconry) The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to
follow other birds.
8. Small chick or crack.
, a written order on a banker or broker to pay
money in his keeping belonging to the signer.
, a book containing blank forms for checks upon a
, a hook on the saddle of a harness, over which a
checkrein is looped.
, a list or catalogue by which things may be
verified, or on which they may be checked.
(Mech.), a secondary nut, screwing down upon the
primary nut to secure it. --Knight.
(Mech.), a valve in the feed pipe of a boiler,
or other conduit, to prevent the return of the feed water
or other fluid.
To take check
, to take offense. [Obs.] --Dryden.
Syn: Hindrance; setback; interruption; obstruction;
reprimand; censure; rebuke; reproof; repulse; rebuff;
tally; counterfoil; counterbalance; ticket; draft.