The occation was for staling a small bark of littell or no vallue.
Is it not perceivable that it had, on the contrary, a staling quality?
They show by degrees the gradual, and then the rapid, staling of Rosalie's fond sympathies.
He straightened his slouched shoulders, and the fog left his eyes and the fumes of staling alcohol quit his brain.
c.1300, "freed from dregs or lees" (of ale, wine, etc.), i.e. "having stood long enough to clear," cognate with Middle Dutch stel "stale" (of beer), and probably ultimately from Proto-Germanic base *sta- "stand," the source of Old English standan "to stand," Perhaps via Old French estaler "halt," from Frankish *stal- "position" (see stall (n.1)). The meaning "not fresh" is first recorded late 15c. Figurative sense (of immaterial things) is recorded from 1560s. Related: Staleness.