from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A situation in a chess game in which a player is forced to make an undesirable or disadvantageous move.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A situation in which a player is forced to make a move.
- n. in figurative uses
German Zugzwang : Zug, pull, move (from Middle High German zuc, pull, from Old High German, from ziohan, to pull; see deuk- in Indo-European roots) + Zwang, compulsion (from Middle High German twanc, from Old High German).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Zugzwang, literally "compulsion to move" (Wiktionary)