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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.
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Consumers can use that information to search in their individual markets for checking accounts that best suit their needs.
more money out of people who want to open checking accounts.
to avoid fees in an interest-bearing checking account and
One of the few bright spots for consumers in the checking survey is that more banks are offering free checking accounts, which do not charge a monthly fee or per-item charges regardless of the account's balance or the number of checks written on it.
It is the leading aggregator of more than 100 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used auto loans, money market accounts and CDs, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees.
All the results are listed at the Checking Study at http://www.
Bankrate's study includes all non-bundled checking accounts offered to the public by the largest banks and thrifts in the 35 largest U.
Good news for consumers: The steady skyward march of checking account fees actually paused this year.
Video on the Bankrate Checking Account Study is available upon request.