verb (used with object), stale·mat·ed, stale·mat·ing.
verb (used without object), stale·mat·ed, stale·mat·ing.
- stale bull,
- stalin peak,
- stalin's purge trials,
- stalin, joseph,
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
Word Origin 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.