deadlock, dead end, impasse, stalemate, standstill(noun)
a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
"reached an impasse on the negotiations"
drawing position in chess: any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check
subject to a stalemate
The state in which the player to move is not in check but has no legal moves, resulting in a draw.
Any situation that has no obvious possible movement, but does not involve any personal loss.
To bring about a state in which the player to move is not in check but has no legal moves.
To bring about a stalemate, in which no advance in an argument is achieved.
Origin: stale + mate "checkmate"
the position of the king when he can not move without being placed on check and there is no other piece which can be moved
to subject to a stalemate; hence, to bring to a stand
Stalemate is a situation in the game of chess where the player whose turn it is to move is not in check but has no legal moves. A stalemate ends the game in a draw. Stalemate is covered in the rules of chess. During the endgame, stalemate is a resource that can enable the player with the inferior position to draw the game. In more complicated positions, stalemate is much rarer, usually taking the form of a swindle that succeeds only if the superior side is inattentive. Stalemate is also a common theme in endgame studies and other chess problems. The outcome of a stalemate was standardized as a draw in the 19th century. Before this standardization, its treatment varied widely, including being deemed a win for the stalemating player, a half-win for that player, or a loss for that player; not being permitted; and resulting in the stalemated player missing a turn. Some regional chess variants have not allowed a player to play a stalemating move. In different versions of suicide chess, another chess variant, stalemate may or may not be treated as a draw. The word "stalemate" is also used for a metaphor when a conflict has reached an impasse and resolution seems difficult or impossible, i.e. a no-win situation.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
stāl′māt, n. in chess-playing, the position of the king when he cannot move without being placed in check.—v.t. to put into a condition of stalemate: to bring to a standstill.
The numerical value of stalemate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of stalemate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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- طريق مسدود, مأزقArabic
- пат, безизходицаBulgarian
- Stillstand, Stocken, PattGerman
- πατ, αδιέξοδοGreek
- estancamiento, tablas, rey ahogado, un punto muertoSpanish
- pat, impasseFrench
- ステイルメイト, 行き詰りJapanese
- пат, ќор-сокакMacedonian
- patstelling, patDutch
- afogamento, beco sem saída, impassePortuguese
- пат, тупик, безвыходное положениеRussian
- pat, патSerbo-Croatian
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