noun[mass noun] Chess
- 1A position in which a player’s king is directly attacked by an opponent’s piece or pawn and has no possible move to escape the check. The attacking player thus wins the game.More example sentences
- To move her bishop to strike his knight would leave the king open on two sides without escape, a checkmate.
- After that, Leon would be able to put him into a checkmate.
- Can I now just force checkmate with a sequence of checks?
- 1.2A final defeat or deadlock: if the rebel forces succeed in cutting off the road, they will have achieved checkmateMore example sentences
- This movement signals a departure from totalitarian politics in the country that have smothered civil life, made the state a facade and held society in checkmate with constant threats of civil war and external enemies.
- Tomorrow, it's a high stakes game of chess where a checkmate means you might be checked out of Hollywood.
- With its elegiac note of a civilisation falling apart while two old men continue their moves toward checkmate, the story is a luminous exploration of a culture that is both realisable yet tantalisingly intangible.
verb[with object] Chess Back to top
- 1Put into checkmate.More example sentences
- I had one middle-aged student who stubbornly refused to castle, saying that his King would be trapped in the corner and checkmated.
- Once Matt checkmated him, and twice Rick stalemated him.
- I was checkmated on move 27; Mr. Kasparov had moved on to examine the position on the board to my left before I'd even realized that the game was over.
- 1.1Defeat or frustrate totally: the vice president checkmated that strategyMore example sentences
- Their refusal means that Congress members are checkmated from mentioning such matters in public.
- I really don't believe he will checkmate people.
- How in the world do we ever expect to win this war, and, if the war is not winnable in the traditional sense, how do we contain or checkmate this enemy?
Middle English: from Old French eschec mat, from Arabic šāh māta, from Persian šāh māt 'the king is dead'.
More definitions of checkmateDefinition of checkmate in:
- The US English dictionary