Definition of Stall

1. Noun. A compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined and fed.

Generic synonyms: Compartment
Group relationships: Horse Barn, Stable, Stalls

2. Verb. Postpone doing what one should be doing. "They stall a long time"; "He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days"

3. Noun. Small area set off by walls for special use.

4. Verb. Come to a stop. "The car stalled in the driveway"
Exact synonyms: Conk
Category relationships: Driving
Generic synonyms: Halt, Stop

5. Noun. A booth where articles are displayed for sale.
Exact synonyms: Sales Booth, Stand
Generic synonyms: Booth
Specialized synonyms: Coffee Stall, Newsstand

6. Verb. Deliberately delay an event or action. "She doesn't want to write the report, so she is stalling"
Generic synonyms: Delay, Detain, Hold Up
Derivative terms: Stalling

7. Noun. A malfunction in the flight of an aircraft in which there is a sudden loss of lift that results in a downward plunge. "The plane went into a stall and I couldn't control it"
Generic synonyms: Malfunction

8. Verb. Put into, or keep in, a stall. "Stall the horse"
Generic synonyms: Shelter

9. Noun. Seating in the forward part of the main level of a theater.

10. Verb. Experience a stall in flight, of airplanes.
Category relationships: Air, Air Travel, Aviation
Generic synonyms: Halt, Stop

11. Noun. Small individual study area in a library.
Exact synonyms: Carrel, Carrell, Cubicle
Generic synonyms: Alcove, Bay
Group relationships: Depository Library, Library

12. Verb. Cause an airplane to go into a stall.
Category relationships: Air, Air Travel, Aviation
Generic synonyms: Stop

13. Noun. A tactic used to mislead or delay.
Exact synonyms: Stalling
Generic synonyms: Obstruction
Specialized synonyms: Stonewalling

14. Verb. Cause an engine to stop. "The inexperienced driver kept stalling the car"
Generic synonyms: Stop

Definition of Stall

1. n. A stand; a station; a fixed spot; hence, the stand or place where a horse or an ox is kept and fed; the division of a stable, or the compartment, for one horse, ox, or other animal.

2. v. t. To put into a stall or stable; to keep in a stall or stalls; as, to stall an ox.

3. v. i. To live in, or as in, a stall; to dwell.

4. n. A covering or sheath, as of leather, horn, of iron, for a finger or thumb; a cot; as, a thumb stall; a finger stall.

Definition of Stall

1. Noun. A compartment for a single animal in a stable or cattle shed. ¹

2. Noun. A small open-fronted shop, for example in a market. ¹

3. Noun. A very small room used for a shower or a toilet. ¹

4. Noun. A seat in a theatre close to and (about) level with the stage. ¹

5. Noun. (aeronautics) Loss of lift due to an airfoil's critical angle of attack being exceeded. ¹

6. Noun. (paganism) An altar used in Heathenry, normally for indoor use as opposed to the more substantial outdoor harrow. ¹

7. Noun. A seat in a church, especially one next to the chancel or choir, reserved for church officials and dignitaries. ¹

8. Noun. A church office that entitles the incumbent to the use of a church stall. ¹

9. Noun. A sheath to protect the finger ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To put (an animal etc) in a stall. ¹

11. Verb. (intransitive) To come to a standstill. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive aeronautics) To exceed the critical angle of attack, resulting in total loss of lift. ¹

13. Noun. An action that is intended to cause or actually causes delay. ¹

14. Verb. (transitive) To employ delaying tactics against ¹

15. Verb. (intransitive) To employ delaying tactics ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Stall

1. to stop the progress of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Stall

1. 1. To put into a stall or stable; to keep in a stall or stalls; as, to stall an ox. "Where King Latinus then his oxen stalled." "Dryden." 2. To fatten; as, to stall cattle. 3. To place in an office with the customary formalities; to install. 4. To plunge into mire or snow so as not to be able to get on; to set; to fix; as, to stall a cart. "His horses had been stalled in the snow." (E. E. Hale) 5. To forestall; to anticipitate. Having "This not to be stall'd by my report." (Massinger) 6. To keep close; to keep secret. "Stall this in your bosom." (Shak) Origin: Cf. Sw. Stalla, Dan. Stalde. 1. A stand; a station; a fixed spot; hence, the stand or place where a horse or an ox kept and fed; the division of a stable, or the compartment, for one horse, ox, or other animal. "In an oxes stall." 2. A stable; a place for cattle. "At last he found a stall where oxen stood." (Dryden) 3. A small apartment or shed in which merchandise is exposed for sale; as, a butcher's stall; a bookstall. 4. A bench or table on which small articles of merchandise are exposed for sale. "How peddlers' stalls with glittering toys are laid." (Gay) 5. A seat in the choir of a church, for one of the officiating clergy. It is inclosed, either wholly or partially, at the back and sides. The stalls are frequently very rich, with canopies and elaborate carving. "The dignifird clergy, out of humanility, have called their thrones by the names of stalls." (Bp. Warburton) "Loud the monks in their stalls." (Longfellow) 6. In the theater, a seat with arms or otherwise partly inclosed, as distinguished from the benches, sofas, etc. 7. The space left by excavation between pillars. See Post and stall, under Post. Stall reader, one who reads books at a stall where they are exposed for sale. "Cries the stall reader, "Bless us! what a word on" "A titlepage is this!"" Origin: OE. Stal, AS. Steall, stall, a place, seat, or station, a stable; akin to D. & OHG. Stal, G. & Sw. Stall, stallr, Dan. Stald, originally, a standing place; akin to G. Selle a place, stellen to place, Gr. To set, place, send, and E. Stand. 163. See Stand, and cf. Apostle, Epistle, Forestall, Install, Stale, &, 1st Stalk, Stallion, Still. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stall

stalking horse
stalking horses
stall (current term)
stall bar
stall handler

Literary usage of Stall

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"stall your mug (popular), go away, make yourself scarce. Thieves use this expression generally with the meaning of go home, take shelter. ..."

2. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"The etymology is not clear ; but it may be only a weakened form of stall ; a stall might mean the handle to which a tool is made fast, or by which it is ..."

3. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"(For the larger stall, called loose stall, or loose box, see Box, ... (See Box, C.) stall BOARD. One of a series of boards nr shelves upon which soil is ..."

4. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1885)
"Allied to still and stall; the stale being that by which the tool is held firm and unmoved. sty (i). enclosure for swine. (E.) ME site. AS silgo, a sty, ..."

5. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"[stall and/«/.] Fed not with grass, hut dry feed. Every one must every day sustaine The load of one beast, the most fat and best Of all the ..."

6. Gymnastic Teaching by William Skarstrom (1921)
"D. stall Bar and Pulley Weight Exercises. With small classes and sufficient number of stall bars the class may be handled as a unit when giving stall bar ..."

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