from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A situation in which further action is blocked; a deadlock.
- n. A drawing position in chess in which the king, although not in check, can move only into check and no other piece can move.
- transitive v. To bring into a stalemate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state in which the player to move is not in check but has no legal moves, resulting in a draw.
- n. Any situation that has no obvious possible movement, but does not involve any personal loss.
- v. To bring about a state in which the player to move is not in check but has no legal moves.
- v. To bring about a stalemate, in which no advance in an argument is achieved.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The position of the king when he can not move without being placed in check and there is no other piece which can be moved.
- transitive v. To subject to a stalemate; hence, to bring to a stand.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In chess, a position in which a player, having to move in his turn, and his king not being in check, has no move available with any piece: in such a case the game is drawn; figuratively, any position in which no action can be taken.
- In chess, to subject to a stalemate: usually said of one's self, not of one's adversary: as, white is stalemated.
- To bring to a standstill; nonplus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. subject to a stalemate
- n. drawing position in chess: any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check
- n. a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
Obsolete stale (from Middle English, probably from Anglo-Norman estale, fixed position, from Old French estal; see stale1) + mate2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
stale + mate "checkmate" (Wiktionary)