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check·mate / ˈchekˌmāt/ • n. Chess a check from which a king cannot escape. ∎  [as interj.] (by a player) announcing that the opponent's king is in such a position. ∎ fig. a final defeat or deadlock. • v. [tr.] Chess put into checkmate. ∎ fig. defeat or frustrate totally.

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checkmate

checkmate in chess, a 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.

Recorded from Middle English, the term comes from Old French eschec mat, from Arabic šāh mā, from Persian šāh māt ‘the king is dead’.

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checkmate

checkmate (chess) the move which puts the king into inextricable check. XIV. Aphetic — OF. eschec mat — Pers. šāh māt the king is dead; see CHECK 1.
Hence as vb. XIV.

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Checkmate

Checkmate. Ballet in 1 act by Bliss to his own lib., choreog. N. de Valois. Prod. by SW co., Paris 1937; then over 100 perfs. in Britain; as Suite, NY 1939.

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