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stalemate

[ steyl-meyt ]
/ 藞ste瑟l藢me瑟t /
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noun
Chess. a position of the pieces in which a player cannot move any piece except the king and cannot move the king without putting it in check.
any position or situation in which no action can be taken or progress made; deadlock: Talks between union and management resulted in a stalemate.
verb (used with object), stale路mat路ed, stale路mat路ing.
to subject to a stalemate.
to bring to a standstill.
verb (used without object), stale路mat路ed, stale路mat路ing.
to be or result in a stalemate or standoff: Negotiations stalemated when new salary demands were introduced.
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Origin of stalemate

1755鈥65; late Middle English stale stalemate (whence Anglo-French estale) (apparently special use of stale1) + mate2

OTHER WORDS FROM stalemate

un路stale路mat路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stalemate

stalemate
/ (藞ste瑟l藢me瑟t) /

noun
a chess position in which any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check: in this position the game ends in a draw
a situation in which two opposing forces find that further action is impossible or futile; deadlock
verb
(tr) to subject to a stalemate

Word Origin for stalemate

C18: from obsolete stale, from Old French estal stall 1 + mate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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