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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deadlock, dead end, impasse, stalemate, standstillnoun

    a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible

    "reached an impasse on the negotiations"

  2. stalemateverb

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

  3. stalemateverb

    subject to a stalemate


  1. stalematenoun

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

    Etymology: stale + mate "checkmate"

  2. stalematenoun

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

    Etymology: stale + mate "checkmate"

  3. stalemateverb

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

    Etymology: stale + mate "checkmate"

  4. stalemateverb

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

    Etymology: stale + mate "checkmate"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stalematenoun

    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. Stalemateverb

    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.

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  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

Examples of stalemate in a Sentence

  1. Cynthia Arnson:

    I would put on the table now whether a hurting stalemate is at hand, i believe that it is.

  2. 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.

  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. Daniel Hodges:

    The two sides were at a stalemate at a metal door frame, i inserted Daniel Hodges so the frame was at my back in an effort to give Daniel Hodges something to brace against.

  5. Joseph Dunford:

    We used the term stalemate a year ago and, relatively speaking, it has not changed much.

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