- a race in which two or more competitors finish in a tie.
- the result of such a race; tie.
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Their ascent of the stairs was like a race—a race ending in a dead-heat.The Azure Rose
Reginald Wright Kauffman
- a race or contest in which two or more participants tie for first place
- a tie between two or more contestants in any position
A contest in which the competitors are equally matched and neither can win; a tie. For example, The two companies are in a dead heat to get a new personal computer on the market. This term comes from 18th-century British horse racing and is still part of racing terminology. It later was transferred to other kinds of competition.