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checkmate Explained

checkmate at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


checkmate at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1346, from O.Fr. eschec mat, ult. from Pers. shah mat, lit. "the king is left helpless," from shah "king" + mat "he is dead." ///

checkmate at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U and C] [Date: 1400-1500; Language: Old French; Origin: eschec mat, from Arabic shah mat, from Persian, 'the king is left helpless']//
1 the position of the king (=most important piece) in chess at the end of the game, when it is being directly attacked and cannot escape:
2 a situation in which someone has been completely defeated: -- checkmate v [T] // --The king is checkmated and the game is over.//

checkmate at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

96 Moby Thesaurus words for "checkmate":
arrest, baffle, bafflement, balk, balking, bell, blast, block,
brake, brave, bring to, bring up short, challenge, check,
circumvent, confound, confounding, confront, confusion, contravene,
counter, counteract, countermand, counterwork, cross, cut short,
cutoff, dam, dash, dead stop, deadlock, defeat, defy, destroy,
discomfit, discomfiture, disconcert, disconcertion, discountenance,
dish, disrupt, draw rein, elude, end, endgame, ending,
final whistle, flummox, foil, foiling, freeze, frustrate,
frustration, full stop, grinding halt, gun, halt, knock the chocks,
lockout, nonplus, perplex, pull up, put paid to, rebuff, repulse,
reversal, reverse, rout, ruin, sabotage, scotch, setback,
sit-down strike, spike, spoil, stalemate, stall, stand, standoff,
standstill, stay, stem, stem the tide, stonewall, stop, stop cold,
stop dead, stop short, stoppage, strike, stump, thwart, thwarting,
upset, walkout, work stoppage

checkmate at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(also mate) noun [U]
1 (in the game of CHESS) a position in which one player cannot prevent his or her king (= the most important piece) being captured and therefore loses the game
see also CHECK
2 a situation in which sb has been completely defeated
checkmate (also mate) verb:
[VN] His king had been checkmated. * She hoped the plan would checkmate her opponents.

Checkmate at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Checkmate \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.

Checkmate \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.

checkmate at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: complete victory
2: a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible
attack on the opponent's king [syn: {mate}]
v : 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: {mate}]

checkmate at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » enm|en Inter: term » chekmat||lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » fro|en Inter: term » eschec mat|lang=fro, from Inter: etyl » fa|en Inter: fa-Arab » شاه مات (shah mat), the king is ambushed or the king is conquered


* Inter: IPA » /ˈt͡ʃɛkmeɪt/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"tSEkmeIt/
  • Inter: audio » En-us-checkmate.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » eɪt


    Inter: en-inter » j

  • Inter: ches » s Word called out by the victor when making the conclusive move.


    * Inter: sense » chess mate


    Inter: trans-top » said when making the conclusive move in chess
    • Albanian: Inter: t- » sq|shah mat
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|مات|m|tr=maat|sc=Arab
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|շախ և մատ|tr=šax ev mat, Inter: t- » hy|մատ|tr=mat
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|мат|tr=mat
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|escac i mat
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|將死|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|将死|tr=jiāngsǐ|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|mat, Inter: t- » cs|šach mat|m
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|skakmat|c
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|schaakmat, Inter: t+ » nl|mat
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|šahh ja matt
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|shakki ja matti
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|échec et mat
    • Galician: Inter: t- » gl|xaque mate
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|schachmatt
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|ματ|tr=mat|sc=Grek
    • Hindi: Inter: t- » hi|मात|tr=māt|sc=Deva
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|sakk-matt
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|scacco matto

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|チェックメイト|tr=chekkumeito, Inter: t- » ja|詰み|tr=つみ, tsumi
  • Khmer: Inter: t- » km|ស្លាប់ក្រឡា|tr=slap krɑlaa|sc=Khmr
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|шах-мат|tr=šah-mat, Inter: t- » mk|мат|tr=mat
  • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|syahmat
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|sjakkmatt
  • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|شهمات|tr=šāhmāt|sc=fa-Arab, Inter: t- » fa|کیش و مات|sc=fa-Arab
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|xeque-mate
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|șah mat
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|мат|m|tr=mat, Inter: t- » ru|шах и мат|tr=šax i mat
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|шах-мат|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » sh|мат|sc=Cyrl
  • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|šah-mat, Inter: t- » sh|mat
  • Slovene: Inter: t- » sl|šah mat, Inter: t- » sl|mat
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|jaque mate
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|schackmatt
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|şah mat

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » pt: xeque-mate {{m}}

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: wikipedi » a
    Inter: en-nou » n
  • The conclusive victory in a game of chess that occurs when an opponent's king is threatened with unavoidable capture.
    1. Inter: figuratively » by extension Any situation that has no obvious escape and involves some personal loss.

      Related terms

      * stalemate


      Inter: trans-top » conclusive victory in a game of chess

  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|شاه مات|tr=šāh māt|sc=Arab
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|շախմատ|tr=shakhmat
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|мат|m|tr=mat
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|將死|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|将死|tr=jiāngsǐ|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|mat|m
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|schaakmat, Inter: t+ » nl|mat
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|matt
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|matti
  • Galician: Inter: t- » gl|xaque mate|m
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Schachmatt|n
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|ματ|n|tr=mat|sc=Grek
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|sakk-matt, Inter: t- » hu|matt

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|scacco matto|m
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|詰み|tr=つみ, tsumi, Inter: t- » ja|チェックメイト|tr=chekkumeito
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|شهمات|tr=shâhmât|sc=fa-Arab
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|mat|m
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|xeque-mate|m
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|șah-mat|n
    • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|шах и мат|m|tr=šax i mat|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|мат|m|tr=mat|sc=Cyrl
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|mat|m
    • Slovene: Inter: t- » sl|šah mat|m, Inter: t- » sl|mat|m
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|jaque mate|m, Inter: t+ » es|mate|m
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|matt|c, Inter: t+ » sv|schack matt|c

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » situation with no obvious escape that involves personal loss
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|мат|m|tr=mat
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|徹底失敗|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|彻底失败|tr=chè dǐ shī bài|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|matová situace|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|lüüasaamine
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Schachmatt|n, Inter: t+ » de|Niederlage|f
  • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|matová situácia|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » fr: échec et mat
    • Inter: ttbc » ko: 외통 장군 (oetong janggun)

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Inter: ttbc » la: latrunculusque matum

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-verb » checkmat|ing
  • Inter: transitive » chess To put the king of an opponent into checkmate.
    1. : That jerk checkmated me in four moves!
    2. Inter: transitive » by extension To lead to a situation that has no obvious escape without some personal loss.


      Inter: trans-top » to put an opponent into chessmate

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|матирам|tr=matiram
  • Chinese: 把...將死, 把...将死 (bǎ...jiàng sǐ)
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|matovat, Inter: t- » cs|dát mat
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|matittaa, Inter: t- » fi|tehdä matti
  • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|mattot ad
  • Persian: Inter: t- » fa|شهمات کردن|tr=šahmāt kardan|sc=fa-Arab, Inter: t+ » fa|مات کردن|tr=māt kardan|sc=fa-Arab

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|ставить мат|tr=stávit’ mat|sc=Cyrl Inter: imp » f, Inter: t- » ru|поставить мат|tr=postávit’ mat|sc=Cyrl Inter: pf » .
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|dať šach mat
    • Slovene: Inter: t- » sl|matirati

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to lead to a situation of no escape
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|матирам|tr=matiram
    • Chinese: 挫敗, 挫败 (cuò bài)

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Finnish: saattaa umpikujaan, panna ahtaalle
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|sarokba szorít

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » fr: faire échec et mat
    • Inter: ttbc » pt: dar xeque-mate
    • Inter: ttbc » ro: șah mat

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Inter: ttbc » es: dar jaque mate, dar mate
  • Inter: ttbc » sv: schackmatta (1), sätta matt (1), göra matt (1), sätta schackmatt (1), göra schackmatt (1)

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    * Daily Times article on the etymology of the word

    Translation: af » checkmate
    Translation: et » checkmate
    Translation: el » checkmate
    Translation: fa » checkmate
    Translation: fr » checkmate
    Translation: ko » checkmate
    Translation: hy » checkmate
    Translation: io » checkmate
    Translation: it » checkmate
    Translation: hu » checkmate
    Translation: ml » checkmate
    Translation: my » checkmate
    Translation: pl » checkmate
    Translation: pt » checkmate
    Category: simple:checkmate -
    Translation: fi » checkmate
    Translation: sv » checkmate
    Translation: ta » checkmate
    Translation: te » checkmate
    Translation: vi » checkmate
    Translation: zh » checkmate