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Princeton's WordNet

  1. checkmate(noun)

    complete victory

  2. checkmate, mate(verb)

    a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king

  3. checkmate, mate(verb)

    place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game

    "Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"


  1. checkmate(Noun)

    The conclusive victory in a game of chess that occurs when an opponent's king is threatened with unavoidable capture.

  2. checkmate(Noun)

    Any situation that has no obvious escape and involves some personal loss.

  3. checkmate(Verb)

    To put the king of an opponent into checkmate.

    That jerk checkmated me in four moves!

  4. checkmate(Verb)

    To lead to a situation that has no obvious escape without some personal loss.

  5. checkmate(Interjection)

    Word called out by the victor when making the conclusive move.

  6. Origin: From chekmat, from eschec mat, from (shah mat), the king is ambushed or the king is conquered

Webster Dictionary

  1. Checkmate(noun)

    the position in the game of chess when a king is in check and cannot be released, -- which ends the game

  2. Checkmate(noun)

    a complete check; utter defeat or overthrow

  3. Checkmate(verb)

    to check (an adversary's king) in such a manner that escape in impossible; to defeat (an adversary) by putting his king in check from which there is no escape

  4. Checkmate(verb)

    to defeat completely; to terminate; to thwart

  5. Origin: [F. chec et mat, fr. Per. shh mt checkmate, lit., the king is dead, fr. Ar. mta he died, is dead. The king, when made prisoner, or checkmated, is assumed to be dead, and the game is finished. See Chess.]


  1. Checkmate

    Checkmate is a game position in chess in which a player's king is threatened with capture and there is no way to counter the threat. Or, simply put, the king is under direct attack and cannot avoid being captured. Delivering checkmate is the ultimate goal in chess: a player who is checkmated loses the game. In chess the king is never actually captured – the game ends as soon as the king is checkmated because checkmate leaves the defending player with no legal moves. In practice, most players resign an inevitably lost game before being checkmated, and it is considered bad etiquette to continue playing in a completely hopeless position. If a player's king is in check but the threat can be met, then it is not in checkmate. If a player is not in check but has no legal move, then it is stalemate, and the game immediately ends in a draw. A checkmating move is recorded in algebraic notation using the hash symbol – for example, 34.Qh8#.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of checkmate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of checkmate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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