3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Checkmate \Check"mate\ (ch[e^]k"m[=a]t), noun [F. ['e]chec et mat, fr. Per. sh[=a]h m[=a]t checkmate, lit., the king is dead, fr. Ar. m[=a]ta he died, is dead. The king, when made prisoner, or checkmated, is assumed to be dead, and the game is finished. See {Chess}.]

1. The position in the game of chess when a king is in check and cannot be released, -- which ends the game.

2. A complete check; utter defeat or overthrow.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Checkmate \Check"mate\ (-m[=a]t), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Checkmated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Checkmating}.]

1. (Chess) To check (an adversary's king) in such a manner that escape in impossible; to defeat (an adversary) by putting his king in check from which there is no escape.

2. To defeat completely; to terminate; to thwart.

To checkmate and control my just demands. --Ford.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: complete victory

2: a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king [syn: {checkmate}, {mate}]


1: place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game; "Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves" [syn: {checkmate}, {mate}]

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