- The definition of a stalemate is a deadlock, an unresolved situation which no one can win.
An example of a stalemate is when you take one position and won't budge or compromise and your opponent takes another and won't budge, making it impossible to meet in the middle or progress forward.
- Chess any situation in which it is impossible for one of the players to move without placing his or her king in check: it results in a draw
- any unresolved situation in which further action is impossible or useless; deadlock; draw
Origin: obs. stale, stalemate from Middle English from Old French estal, fixed location, safe place from Gmc, as inch(es) Old High German stal (see stall) plush mate
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- A situation in which further action is blocked; a deadlock.
- A drawing position in chess in which the king, although not in check, can move only into check and no other piece can move.
Origin: Obsolete stale (from Middle English, probably from Anglo-Norman estale, fixed position, from Old French estal; see stale1) + mate2.