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checking

[′chek·iŋ]
(materials)
Fine, shallow cracks appearing on the surface of a material or in a film of a surface coating. Also known as check cracks.
(metallurgy)
Temporarily reducing the volume or temperature of the air blast in a blast furnace.
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Checking

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.
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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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Miss Pocket laughed, and Camilla laughed and said (checking a yawn), "The idea!" But I thought they seemed to think it rather a good idea too.
But isolation probably acts more efficiently in checking the immigration of better adapted organisms, after any physical change, such as of climate or elevation of the land, &c.; and thus new places in the natural economy of the country are left open for the old inhabitants to struggle for, and become adapted to, through modifications in their structure and constitution.
Mrs Merdle shrugged her snowy shoulders and put her hand upon the jewel-stand, checking a little cough, as though to add, 'why, a man looks out for this sort of thing, my dear.' Then the parrot shrieked again, and she put up her glass to look at him, and said,
But I so far succeeded in checking the expression of this view that I will throw, just here, no further light on it than may be offered by the mention of my final observation to Mrs.
It made a mad enthusiasm that, it seemed, would be incapable of checking itself before granite and brass.