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Meaning of deadlock

dead•lock

Pronunciation: (ded'lok"), [key]
— n.
  1. a state in which progress is impossible, as in a dispute, produced by the counteraction of opposing forces; standstill; stalemate: The union and management reached a deadlock over fringe benefits.
  2. deadbolt.
  3. a maximum-security cell for the solitary confinement of a prisoner.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to bring or come to a deadlock.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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