verb (used with object), stale·mat·ed, stale·mat·ing.
verb (used without object), stale·mat·ed, stale·mat·ing.
Origin of stalemate
Examples from the Web for stalemate
And finally, there is the fact that most of the culture wars have reached a stalemate.
By late August it looked like stalemate was almost certainly the tragic outcome of the years of war.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed|Marc Wortman|September 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are thought pieces on the inevitable outcome of Twitter fights (likely a stalemate, depending on who you read).
Webb believes he is just the sort of centrist leader who can break the Democrat-Republican stalemate in Washington.
After 12 days of stalemate, conversations – if not negotiations – have started.
Again, to English eyes, the war in America approached a stalemate.Great Britain and the American Civil War|Ephraim Douglass Adams
The situation was a stalemate with pure desperation on one side and pure frustration on the other.Pariah Planet|Murray Leinster
This success, coupled with the stalemate along the rest of the front, suggested to Joffre a change of strategy.A Short History of the Great War|A. F. Pollard
If necessary, I will end the stalemate with a shot and take my chances with the knife.The Egyptian Cat Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin
However, at least for the moment, he had reached a stalemate.Trading Jeff and his Dog|James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for stalemate
Word Origin for stalemate
Word Origin and History for stalemate
1765, in chess, from stale "stalemate" (early 15c.) + mate (n.2) "checkmate." Middle English stale is probably from Anglo-French estale "standstill" (see stall (n.2)). A misnomer, because a stale is not a mate. "In England from the 17th c. to the beginning of the 19th c. the player who received stalemate won the game" [OED]. Figurative sense is recorded from 1885.