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Fine, shallow cracks appearing on the surface of a material or in a film of a surface coating. Also known as check cracks.
Temporarily reducing the volume or temperature of the air blast in a blast furnace.


A defect in a coated surface characterized by the appearance of fine cracks in all directions; also cracking of wood grain caused by improper drying.

checking, check cracks, map cracks, shelling

1.Shallow cracks at closely spaced but irregular intervals on the surface of mortar or concrete.
2. Small cracks in a film of paint or varnish which do not completely penetrate to the substrate or the previous coat. The cracks are in a pattern roughly similar to a checkerboard.
3. In plastering, in a lime finish coat, fine spider-web cracks or fissures; usually caused by insufficient troweling or undergauging.
4. See check.
5. Very small cracks in a flat glass surface, usually along an edge.
References in classic literature ?
But checking himself, he added, in a gayer tone, "Is it in address that he improves?
Then checking himself on the point of betraying too great an intimacy with Jacob's habits, he added "You watch him, while I run for the constable.
Look at this broad-shouldered man with the bare muscular arms, and the thick, firm, black hair tossed about like trodden meadow-grass whenever he takes off his paper cap, and with the strong barytone voice bursting every now and then into loud and solemn psalm-tunes, as if seeking an outlet for superfluous strength, yet presently checking himself, apparently crossed by some thought which jars with the singing.
Patience, patience, Dickon, “returned the Judge, checking his horse and turning again to his daughter.
The next train leaves at 9:30, Madame," I interposed, with a view to checking her agitation.
This demonstration, however absent, or rather, however absorbed was the king in his reflections, attracted his attention instantly; and checking his horse and turning towards Parry, he exclaimed, "Good God, Parry, who is that man who salutes me in such a marked manner?
The stoicism of the warriors was at an end; they became wild and desperate; some set fire to the village as a last means of checking the pestilence; others, in a frenzy of despair, put their wives and children to death, that they might be spared the agonies of an inevitable disease, and that they might all go to some better country.
Then, with a sudden undefined dread lest this stranger might have something to do with a change in her father, she rushed upstairs, checking herself at the bedroom door to throw off her bonnet, and enter on tiptoe.
In general, you should always keep enough in your checking account to cover at least three month's worth of expenses.
Both brochures stress that because payments might be processed faster, when a check is written, the money may be deducted from a consumer's checking account sooner.
The number depends somewhat upon the number of sections, but a minimum of four people should be dedicated to checking on the condition of fabrics.