Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A standstill resulting from the opposition of two unrelenting forces or factions.
  • noun Sports A tied score.
  • noun Computers A failure or inability to proceed due to two programs or devices both requiring a response from the other before completing an operation.
  • noun Chiefly British A deadbolt.
  • transitive & intransitive verb To bring or come to a deadlock.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bring to a dead-lock or standstill: as, “they have dead-locked the legislature,”
  • noun A lock with a key-bolt, but with no latch-bolt, operated by a knob.
  • noun A lock in which the key-bolt must be moved by turning the key in each direction: distinguished from a spring lock.
  • noun A lock worked on one side by a handle and on the other side by a key.
  • noun A complete stoppage, stand-still, or entanglement; a state of affairs in which further progress or a decision is for the time impossible, as if from an inextricable locking up: as, a dead-lock in a legislature where parties are evenly balanced.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A lock which is not self-latching, but requires a key to throw the bolt forward.
  • noun A counteraction of things, which produces an entire stoppage; a complete obstruction of action.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A standstill resulting from the opposition of two evenly matched forces; a stalemate or impasse
  • noun computing An inability to continue due to two programs or devices each requiring a response from the other before completing an operation
  • verb to cause or to come to a deadlock

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible

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Examples

  • Talks between New Zealand's prime minister and Hollywood executives over the future of the Hobbit films ended in deadlock earlier today.

    No end in sight for New Zealand's Hobbit saga

  • I agree that the focus in the ed reform conversation needs to be on concrete action that supports what's best for kids, and I understand that endless collaborative discussion that ultimately yields deadlock is a frustrating waste of everyone's time.

    Kate Quarfordt: What my High School Students Can Teach Ed Reformers

  • Clashes between Mr. Yushchenko and his former Orange ally Prime Minister Ms. Tymoshenko left government in deadlock, hampering reform efforts and deepening the pain of the economic crisis.

    Ukraine Court Boosts Presidential Powers

  • I agree that the focus in the ed reform conversation needs to be on concrete action that supports what's best for kids, and I understand that endless collaborative discussion that ultimately yields deadlock is a frustrating waste of everyone's time.

    Kate Quarfordt: What my High School Students Can Teach Ed Reformers

  • Everything will end up in deadlock, and nothing will be done.

    Indiana and North Carolina: Where basketball and politics meet

  • Even our own country is in deadlock over people taking extreme positions and stubbornly refusing to yield an inch.

    Obama: Bush and McCain 'have a lot to answer for'

  • So long however the attitude of the Hindu community that Muslim fears are baseless and that nothing need be done to set them at rest or at any rate the remedy must be deferred till after the achievement of independence, no solution of the communal deadlock is possible.

    India's Position in the War

  • The contribution which the Congress and the Hindu community can make at this stage towards the solution of the communal deadlock is that they can say to the Muslims: We realize that you are afraid of Hindu domination at the Center.

    India's Position in the War

  • The decision by Russia and China to use their veto power indicates that the Security Council might be stuck in a longer-term deadlock on issues related to the Middle East and the Arab Spring pro-democracy movements in the region, Western diplomats told Reuters.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • In such a situation the motor consequences of the first idea are blocked; and I may remain for half an hour or more with the two ideas oscillating before me in a kind of deadlock, which is what we call the state of hesitation or deliberation.

    Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals

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