Definition of Deadlock

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, Impasse, Stalemate, Standstill
Generic synonyms: Situation
Derivative terms: Stand Still

Definition of Deadlock

1. n. A lock which is not self-latching, but requires a key to throw the bolt forward.

Definition of Deadlock

1. Noun. A standstill resulting from the opposition of two evenly matched forces; a stalemate or impasse ¹

2. Noun. (computing) An inability to continue due to two programs or devices each requiring a response from the other before completing an operation ¹

3. Verb. to cause or to come to a deadlock ¹

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Definition of Deadlock

1. to come to a standstill [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Deadlock

deadlock (current term)
deadly agaric
deadly embrace
deadly embraces
deadly nightshade
deadly nightshades
deadly sin
deadly sins
deadman's brake
deadman's brakes

Literary usage of Deadlock

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1. Personnel Relations in Industry by Algie Martin Simons (1921)
"It is one of the striking and unique experiences of the workings of this Board that throughout its entire experience there never was a deadlock upon a ..."

2. The Contemporary Review (1893)
"THE deadlock IN TEMPERANCE REFORM. PUFF. " There's situation for you !—I have them all at a deadlock ! For every one of them is afraid to let go first. ..."

3. Must We Fight Japan? by Walter Broughton Pitkin (1921)
"CHAPTER 16 HOW LONG CAN THE deadlock CONTINUE! NOBODY who has watched international events during the past years can believe that the deadlock which we have ..."

4. History of the World War by Frank Herbert Simonds (1917)
"If such a deadlock ensues, then there is an end to all hope—and already this hope is becoming remote—of a quick decision over France, and a short war. ..."

5. Letters and Diary of Alan Seeger by Alan Seeger (1917)
"FEBRUARY 17-MARCH 24, 1915 The deadlock. A narrow escape. Varying types of legionnaires. A promenade. Manoeuvres. The "Marseillaise. ..."

6. The Historical Writings of John Fiske by John Fiske (1902)
"DC A deadlock This decree, to call it by its right name, was received with tame acquiescence, and -die outlook for the popular party seemed gloomy, ..."

7. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1891)
"Ohio : deadlock in the State Senate on the ... New York Legislature : The World's Fair bill passed. Iowa: Legislative deadlock broken by a ..."

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