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Meaning of CHECKMATE

Pronunciation:  'chek`meyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
  2. [n]  complete victory
  3. [v]  place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game; in a game of chess; "Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"

CHECKMATE is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: mate, mate
 See Also: beat, beat out, chess move, crush, shell, triumph, trounce, vanquish, victory



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Check"mate\, n. [F. ['e]chec et mat, fr. Per. sh[=a]h
    m[=a]t ceckmate, 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
    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.
  2. \Check"mate\, v. t. [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.
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