What does stalemate mean?

Definitions for stalemateˈsteɪlˌmeɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. stalemate(verb)

    drawing position in chess: any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check

  3. stalemate(verb)

    subject to a stalemate


  1. stalemate(Noun)

    The state in which the player to move is not in check but has no legal moves, resulting in a draw.

  2. stalemate(Noun)

    Any situation that has no obvious possible movement, but does not involve any personal loss.

  3. stalemate(Verb)

    To bring about a state in which the player to move is not in check but has no legal moves.

  4. stalemate(Verb)

    To bring about a stalemate, in which no advance in an argument is achieved.

  5. Origin: stale + mate "checkmate"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stalemate(noun)

    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

  2. Stalemate(verb)

    to subject to a stalemate; hence, to bring to a stand


  1. Stalemate

    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

  1. Stalemate

    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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stalemate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stalemate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jonathan Eyal:

    We will end up in a sort of proxy war, a semi-permanent stalemate is the most likely outcome. It could last for years to come.

  2. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda:

    We find ourselves in a stalemate that can only embolden perpetrators to continue their brutality, what is needed is a dramatic shift in this council's approach to arresting Darfur suspects.

  3. Timothy Lytton:

    Court opinions like this are not likely to move legislatures, the federal government has been at a stalemate over gun control legislation for well over a decade. If Sandy Hook could not move Congress to action, nothing is likely to.

  4. Joseph Dunford:

    Maybe some people would have characterized it as a stalemate a while ago. I'm not willing to say that, we're going to look at a wide range of things that we can do to help the Iraqis generate momentum and reinforce the successes that they're starting to have.

  5. Dave Mirra:

    It was never going to be that fun for me to go on riding on a plateau level and not keep progressing, but by the same token I got to a point where I really couldn't take getting injured anymore in the name of progression, it put me in a stalemate. I probably could have milked BMX for a lot longer if I'd really wanted to, but that's not my style.

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