Stall definition

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A compartment for one domestic animal in a barn or shed.
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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.

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The sudden, unintended loss of power or effectiveness in an engine.
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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.

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To maintain in a stall for fattening.

To stall cattle.

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To live or be lodged in a stall. Used of an animal.
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(chiefly british) A seat in the front part of a theater.
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A protective sheath for a finger or toe.
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A condition in which an aircraft or airfoil experiences an interruption of airflow resulting in loss of lift and a tendency to drop.
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A booth, cubicle, or stand used by a vendor, as at a market.
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A small compartment.

A shower stall.

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An enclosed seat in the chancel of a church.
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A pew in a church.
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To put or lodge in a stall.
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To halt the motion or progress of; bring to a standstill.
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To cause (a motor or motor vehicle) accidentally to stop running.
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To cause (an aircraft) to go into a stall.
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To stick fast in mud or snow.
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To come to a standstill.

Negotiations stalled.

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To stop running as a result of mechanical failure.

The car stalled on the freeway.

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To lose forward flying speed, causing a stall. Used of an aircraft.
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A ruse or tactic used to mislead or delay.
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To employ delaying tactics against.

Stall off creditors.

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To employ delaying tactics.

Stalling for time.

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Any of various compartments, booths, separate sections, etc.
  • 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 or a compartment enclosing a toilet in a public restroom.
  • Any of the spaces marked off, as in a garage, for parking individual automobiles.
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A protective sheath, as of rubber, for a finger or thumb; cot.
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The condition of being brought to a stop or standstill, as through some malfunction.
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(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.
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(obs.) A stable.
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A compartment for one animal in a stable.
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An orchestra seat in a theater, esp. one in the front part.
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; also, the people sitting in these seats.
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To put, keep, or be kept in a stall.
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To cause to stick fast or to be stuck fast, as in mud.
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To bring or be brought to a stop or standstill, esp. unintentionally.
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To stop or cause to stop through some malfunction.
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(aeron.) To put or go into a stall.
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To act or speak evasively or hesitantly so as to deceive or delay.

To stall for time.

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To put off or delay by stalling.

To stall off creditors.

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Any action, device, etc. used to deceive or delay; evasive trick.
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(countable) A compartment for a single animal in a stable or cattle shed.
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A stable; a place for cattle.
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A bench or table on which small articles of merchandise are exposed for sale.
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(countable) A small open-fronted shop, for example in a market.
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A very small room used for a shower or a toilet.
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(countable) A seat in a theatre close to and (about) level with the stage; traditionally, a seat with arms, or otherwise partly enclosed, as distinguished from the benches, sofas, etc.
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(aeronautics) Loss of lift due to an airfoil's critical angle of attack being exceeded.
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(paganism and Heathenry) An Heathen altar, typically an indoor one, as contrasted with a more substantial outdoor harrow.
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A seat in a church, especially one next to the chancel or choir, reserved for church officials and dignitaries.
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A church office that entitles the incumbent to the use of a church stall.
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A sheath to protect the finger.
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(mining) The space left by excavation between pillars.
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To put (an animal etc) in a stall.

To stall an ox.

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To fatten.

To stall cattle.

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(intransitive) To come to a standstill.
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To plunge into mire or snow so as not to be able to get on; to set; to fix.

To stall a cart.

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(intransitive, aeronautics) To exceed the critical angle of attack, resulting in total loss of lift.
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To place in an office with the customary formalities; to install.

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To keep close; to keep secret.
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An action that is intended to cause or actually causes delay.

His encounters with security, reception, the secretary, and the assistant were all stalls until the general manager's attorney arrived.

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To employ delaying tactics against.

He stalled the creditors as long as he could.

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(intransitive) To employ delaying tactics.

Soon it became clear that she was stalling to give him time to get away.

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A space marked off, as in a garage, for parking a motor vehicle.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
stall
Plural:
stalls

Origin of stall

  • Alteration (influenced by stall) 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 staddle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English stalle from Old English steall standing place, stable stel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English steall (“standing place, position"). Compare Dutch stal (“cattle shed"), German Stall (“cattle shed"), Old Norse stallr. Cognate with stand.

    From Wiktionary