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STALEMATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stalemate mean? 

STALEMATE (noun)
  The noun STALEMATE has 2 senses:

1. a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
2. drawing position in chess: any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check

  Familiarity information: STALEMATE used as a noun is rare.


STALEMATE (verb)
  The verb STALEMATE has 1 sense:

1. subject to a stalemate

  Familiarity information: STALEMATE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


STALEMATE (noun)


Sense 1stalemate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

deadlock; impasse; stalemate; standstill; dead end

Context example:

reached an impasse on the negotiations

Hypernyms ("stalemate" is a kind of...):

situation (a complex or critical or unusual difficulty)


Sense 2stalemate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Drawing position in chess: any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("stalemate" is a kind of...):

draw; standoff; tie (the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided)


STALEMATE (verb)


Sense 1stalemate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Subject to a stalemate

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "stalemate" is one way to...):

go; move (have a turn; make one's move in a game)

Domain category:

chess; chess game (a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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