Definition of Stalemate

1. Noun. A situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible. "Reached an impasse on the negotiations"

Exact synonyms: Dead End, Deadlock, Impasse, Standstill
Generic synonyms: Situation
Derivative terms: Stand Still



2. Verb. Subject to a stalemate.
Category relationships: Chess, Chess Game
Generic synonyms: Go, Move

3. Noun. Drawing position in chess: any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check.
Generic synonyms: Draw, Standoff, Tie

Definition of Stalemate

1. n. 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. v. t. To subject to a stalemate; hence, to bring to a stand.

Definition of Stalemate

1. Noun. (context: chess) The state in which the player to move is not in check but has no legal moves, resulting in a draw. ¹

2. Noun. Any situation that has no obvious possible movement, but does not involve any personal loss. ¹

3. Verb. (context: chess transitive) To bring about a state in which the player to move is not in check but has no legal moves. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive figuratively) To bring about a stalemate, in which no advance in an argument is achieved. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Stalemate

1. [v -MATED, -MATING, -MATES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stalemate

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stalk of epiglottis

Literary usage of Stalemate

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1. El Salvador at War: An Oral History of Conflict from the 1979 Insurrection edited by Max G. Manwaring, Court Prisk (1995)
"Reinforcing the stalemate Colonel Lyman C. Duryea—So we've nearly arrived at a point where additional infusions of training, materiel, and various other ..."

2. The Principles of Chess in Theory and Practice by James Mason (1896)
"The great object of the player is to checkmate his adversary ; or, failing in that, to prevent checkmate happening to himself. stalemate—PERPETUAL CHECK. ..."

3. The Literary Digest History of the World War: Compiled from Original and (1919)
"... AND THEN A stalemate—FRANCIS JOSEPH DIES July 6, 1916—January 1, 1917 SUCH had been the progress of the Russians that it was easy to 'credit the report ..."

4. A Brief History of the Great War by Carlton Joseph Huntley Hayes (1920)
"stalemate AND THE TEUTONIC PEACE DRIVE The Allies, hopeful in midsummer of that their fortunes were at last in the ascendant, had counted upon Rumania's ..."

5. Chambers's Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge (1901)
"... as the most valuable piece.) a pawn) for the sake of an ultimate advantage. stalemate, a position in which the king, though —U- not ..."

6. The Principles of Chess in Theory & Practice by James Mason (1894)
"The great object of the player is to checkmate his adversary ; or, failing in that, to prevent checkmate happening to himself. stalemate _ PERPETUAL CHECK. ..."

7. The Story of the Great War ...: History of the European War from Official by Francis Joseph Reynolds, Allen Leon Churchill, Leonard Wood, Francis Trevelyan Miller, Austin Melvin Knight, Frederick Palmer, Frank Herbert Simonds, Arthur Brown Ruhl (1916)
"... AUSTRO-ITALIAN FRONT CHAPTER XCV stalemate ON THE ITALIAN FRONTS ON February 1, 1917, on the northern slopes of Monte Maso, along the Posina Torrent, ..."

8. Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot by James B. Stockdale (1995)
"STOCKDALE'S REVIEW OF VIETNAM: STRATEGY FOR A stalemate, BY F. CHARLES PARKER June 1988 IN 19 5 8, a territorial squabble in the Far East, quickly and like ..."

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