Chess n. A game played on a chessboard, by two persons, with two differently colored sets of men, sixteen in each set. Each player has a king, a queen, two bishops, two knights, two castles or rooks, and eight pawns.
Chess, n. Bot. A species of brome grass (Bromus secalinus) which is a troublesome weed in wheat fields, and is often erroneously regarded as degenerate or changed wheat; it bears a very slight resemblance to oats, and if reaped and ground up with wheat, so as to be used for food, is said to produce narcotic effects; -- called also cheat and Willard's bromus. [U. S.]
Note: ☞ Other species of brome grass are called upright chess, soft chess, etc.
n 1: weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a
weed especially in wheat [syn: cheat, Bromus
2: a game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to
specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's
king [syn: chess game]