from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A road or passage having no exit; a cul-de-sac.
- n. A situation that is so difficult that no progress can be made; a deadlock or a stalemate: reached an impasse in the negotiations.
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- n. a road with no exit; a cul-de-sac
- n. a deadlock or stalemate situation in which no progress can be made
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An impassable road or way; a blind alley; cul-de-sac; fig., a position or predicament affording no escape.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a street with only one way in or out
- n. a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
So, breaking that impasse is VERY welcome, essential and well over due.
That was the status quo last Thursday, when, under the collective bargaining laws, the parties meaning the mayor on one side and the unions on the other brought to the commission what is called an "impasse" or stalemate in negotiations, meaning in this case that the parties were deadlocked on one issue, but in agreement on the bulk of the agreement.
He said a long-term impasse could well get in the way of any national participation.
Roy attacks the impasse from a different perspective.
Talks were expected to continue Thursday, and few on either side expected a long-term impasse.
"Florida's Vote-by-mail Plan Gains Few Fans" (Adam Smith and Wes Allison, St. Petersburg Times) The one idea that seemed to offer a way out of the impasse is not exactly popular among those who would be doing or organizing the voting.
Today the EU is satisfyingly mired in impasse following the Irish vote against the Lisbon treaty.
Or both roosters may mock everyone, daring the handlers to yet another round, neither crossing the line, each staring in silent accord at the other, waiting out the carefully timed bouts until impasse is finally declared.
The current paralysis and impasse is primarily because the US wants to be subject to no restraints whatever.
The difficulty that produces this impasse is not the difficulty of locating something conceptual in an object.