- The definition of a stall is a small area from which goods are sold at a market, or is an area in a barn where animals are kept.
- An example of stall is a farmer's area at a farmer's market.
- An example of stall is where a horse is kept.
- To stall is to delay or put off doing something, when an engine stops running or when a project or progress is stopped.
- An example of stall is when you spend 1/2 hour sharpening pencils because you want to put off starting your homework.
- An example of stall is when your car won't start because your engine won't kick on.
- An example of stall is when efforts to open a new store stop.
- Obsolete a stable
- a compartment for one animal in a stable
- any of various compartments, booths, separate sections, etc.; specif.,
- a booth, table, or counter, as at a market or fair, at which goods are sold
- a pew or enclosed seat in the main part of a church or in the choir
- a small, enclosed space, as a compartment in which one showers
- ☆ any of the spaces marked off, as in a garage, for parking individual automobiles
- an orchestra seat in a theater, esp. one in the front part
- orchestra (sense ); also, the people sitting in these seats
- a protective sheath, as of rubber, for a finger or thumb; cot
- the condition of being brought to a stop or standstill, as through some malfunction
- Aeron. a condition in which an improper angle of attack and a lack of airspeed combine to disrupt the airflow around an airfoil enough to result in a loss of lift which forces the aircraft to drop, possibly going out of control
Origin: Middle English stal from Old English steall, place, station, stall, stable, akin to Old High German stal from Indo-European base an unverified form stel-, to place, set up, stiff, stem from source still
- to put, keep, or be kept in a stall
- to cause to stick fast or to be stuck fast, as in mud
- to bring or be brought to a stop or standstill, esp. unintentionally
- to stop or cause to stop through some malfunction: said of a motor or engine
- Aeron. to put or go into a stall
Origin: ME stallen < the n. & < OFr estaler < Gmc, as in OHG stal
Origin: from stall, decoy, variant, variety of obsolete stale, one who lures from Anglo-French estale from Old French estaler: see stall,
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- A compartment for one domestic animal in a barn or shed.
- a. A booth, cubicle, or stand used by a vendor, as at a market.b. A small compartment: a shower stall.
- a. An enclosed seat in the chancel of a church.b. A pew in a church.
- Chiefly British A seat in the front part of a theater.
- A space marked off, as in a garage, for parking a motor vehicle.
- A protective sheath for a finger or toe.
- The sudden, unintended loss of power or effectiveness in an engine.
- A condition in which an aircraft or airfoil experiences an interruption of airflow resulting in loss of lift and a tendency to drop.
- To put or lodge in a stall.
- To maintain in a stall for fattening: to stall cattle.
- To halt the motion or progress of; bring to a standstill.
- To cause (a motor or motor vehicle) accidentally to stop running.
- To cause (an aircraft) to go into a stall.
- To live or be lodged in a stall. Used of an animal.
- To stick fast in mud or snow.
- To come to a standstill: Negotiations stalled.
- To stop running as a result of mechanical failure: The car stalled on the freeway.
- To lose forward flying speed, causing a stall. Used of an aircraft.
Origin: Middle English stalle, from Old English steall, standing place, stable; see stel- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by stall1) of obsolete stale, pickpocket's accomplice, from Middle English, decoy, from Anglo-Norman estale, of Germanic origin; possibly akin to Old English stǣl, stathol, place, position; see staddle.