Definitions of draughts

  1. a checkerboard game for two players who each have 12 pieces; the object is to jump over and so capture the opponent's pieces
  2. A mild vesicatory. See Draught, n., 3 ( c).
  3. A game, now more commonly called checkers. See Checkers.
  4. The game of checkers: so called in Great Britain.
  5. A game in which two persons make alternate moves ( in O. E. draughts), on a checkered board, called the DRAUGHTBOARD, with pieces called DRAUGHTSMEN.
  6. Game played with pieces on a checkered board.
  7. Checkers.
  8. A game played on a chequered board, between two, each with twelve round pieces of different colours.
  9. A game played on a checkered board.

Usage examples for draughts

  1. In copious draughts of this the King of Tuscan wines, we drowned our cares; and when the cloth was drawn, our friend and Christian passed their night upon the supper table. – Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III. by John Symonds
  2. Just as the Isis- star was rising, he came suddenly on to our roof where Kerimama was playing at draughts with my father; and he brought her such a beutiful goldeng bridal wreath. – An Egyptian Princess, Volume 5. by Georg Ebers
  3. The alarm- bell was now sending its sullen sounds of dismay far and wide in the air, whose stillness was becoming more and more disturbed by the draughts of the spreading fires, as the canes caught, like torches, up the slopes to the right. – The Hour and the Man An Historical Romance by Harriet Martineau
  4. He used to win every other game of draughts and of chess from his master. – The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge by Unknown
  5. One door's as good as another to me, as long as it shuts tight and keeps draughts out. – The Heath Hover Mystery by Bertram Mitford
  6. These resolutions and propositions were all brought forward by the Advocate, and the draughts of them in his handwriting remain. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  7. Carefully screening it from the draughts which swept through the rickety building, he led the way into a bare room in which was a tumble- down table and two boxes to serve as seats. – The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise by Margaret Burnham
  8. A great fire burnt in the open fireplace, and heavy curtains had been hung over the door to prevent draughts. – The Wooden Horse by Hugh Walpole
  9. From Admiralty Collection of Draughts, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. – Fulton's "Steam Battery": Blockship and Catamaran by Howard I. Chapelle
  10. And twice, too, in the day, When the ground is wet with dew, I bring thee draughts of milk- Warm milk it is, and new. – Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 by Edward William Cole
  11. We drank great long draughts of it, washed ourselves clean and fresh in a basin half- full of water. – Land of the Burnt Thigh by Edith Eudora Kohl
  12. As the Sick were recovering, it was common for them to complain of Pains of the Shoulders, Arms, and Legs, which also left them as they recovered their Strength; where they did not, the saline Draughts, and a low Diet, generally had a good Effect; and where it had not, we treated them as rheumatic Complaints. – An Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British military hospitals in Germany by Donald Monro
  13. The life is very monotonous; and the only amusement they have is fishing, with reading and a few games, such as draughts and chess. – A Yacht Voyage Round England by W.H.G. Kingston
  14. Mr. Clark muttered something under his breath, and, in a mechanical fashion, began to build little castles with the draughts. – Short Cruises by W.W. Jacobs
  15. In a word, she proposed coming on to her admirer and, as she supposed, her victim, and having the satisfaction of giving him his cooling draughts and arranging his bandages. – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli
  16. Banks prescribed large draughts of coconut milk, with happy results. – The Life of Captain James Cook by Arthur Kitson
  17. Close to the fire in the barn of a French bedroom, full of windows, and doors, and draughts, with its wide hearth and its wide chimney, into which we could put four or five of our English ones, shivered Lady Isabel Vane. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  18. Accustomed to interpret the significance of her slightest actions, Numerian rose and brought her one of the reviving draughts that had been left ready for use. – Antonina by Wilkie Collins
  19. I know what young wives need sleeping draughts for, so I've brought some along. – Redemption and Two Other Plays by Leo Tolstoy
  20. And there the dead man, dead now no more, but living for ever, spent his time in endless peace and happiness, sowing and reaping, paddling in his canoe along the canals, or resting and playing draughts in the evening under the sycamore- trees. – Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt by James Baikie