- a compartment in a stable or shed for the accommodation of one animal.
- a stable or shed for horses or cattle.
- a booth or stand in which merchandise is displayed for sale, or in which some business is carried on (sometimes used in combination): a butcher's stall; a bookstall.
- carrel(def 1).
- one of a number of fixed enclosed seats in the choir or chancel of a church for the use of the clergy.
- a pew.
- any small compartment or booth for a specific activity or housing a specific thing: a shower stall.
- a rectangular space marked off or reserved for parking a car or other vehicle, as in a parking lot.
- an instance or the condition of causing an engine, or a vehicle powered by an engine, to stop, especially by supplying it with a poor fuel mixture or by overloading it.
- Aeronautics. an instance or the condition of causing an airplane to fly at an angle of attack greater than the angle of maximum lift, causing loss of control and a downward spin.Compare critical angle(def 2).
- a protective covering for a finger or toe, as various guards and sheaths or one finger of a glove.
- British. a chairlike seat in a theater, separated from others by arms or rails, especially one in the front section of the parquet.
- to assign to, put, or keep in a stall or stalls, as an animal or a car.
- to confine in a stall for fattening, as cattle.
- to cause (a motor or the vehicle it powers) to stop, especially by supplying it with a poor fuel mixture or overloading it.
- to put (an airplane) into a stall.
- to lose control of or crash (an airplane) from so doing.
- to bring to a standstill; check the progress or motion of, especially unintentionally.
- to cause to stick fast, as in mire or snow.
- (of an engine, car, airplane, etc.) to be stalled or go through the process of stalling (sometimes followed by out).
- to come to a standstill; be brought to a stop.
- to stick fast, as in mire.
- to occupy a stall, as an animal.
Origin of stall1
- to delay, especially by evasion or deception.
- Sports. to prolong holding the ball as a tactic to prevent the opponent from scoring, as when one's team has the lead.Compare freeze(def 31).
- to delay or put off, especially by evasion or deception (often followed by off): He stalled the police for 15 minutes so his accomplice could get away.
Origin of stall2
Examples from the Web for stalled
Schulze started recording after she and her husband noticed the stalled vehicle on the tracks in Mer Rouge, Louisiana.Anime Hologram Pop Stars, Return of ‘Fresh Prince’ Carlton, and More Viral Videos
October 12, 2014
What happens if the ground offensive is stalled and they are not able to retake Fallujah or Tikrit?Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check in the War Against ISIS?
Eli Lake, Josh Rogin
September 17, 2014
And while the American strategy for ISIS is stalled, the air war in Iraq has been expanding steadily.America Has an Unannounced ISIS Strategy, And It Involves Iran
September 6, 2014
But that bold suggestion went nowhere with the politicians, who stalled until the idea, along with the Confederacy, was dead.How I Learned to Hate Robert E. Lee
June 22, 2014
House Speaker John Boehner has stalled on immigration with great vigor.The House GOP’s Big Immigration Fail
June 5, 2014
Such as are fed grossly, stalled cattle and pigs, without any exercise, do not afford food so nourishing or wholesome as others.
The outlook from the stalled auto was very attractive, if wild.
They came to the top of the ridge from which the stalled car had last been seen by Tom.
The birds had flown south, the cattle were stalled, the sheep folded.The Long Roll
Then Tom proceeded to where Mr. Damon had left his stalled automobile.Tom Swift and his Motor-boat
- a compartment in a stable or shed for confining or feeding a single animal
- another name for stable 1 (def. 1)
- a small often temporary stand or booth for the display and sale of goods
- (in a church)
- one of a row of seats, usually divided from the others by armrests or a small screen, for the use of the choir or clergy
- a pen
- an instance of an engine stalling
- a condition of an aircraft in flight in which a reduction in speed or an increase in the aircraft's angle of attack causes a sudden loss of lift resulting in a downward plunge
- any small room or compartment
- a seat in a theatre or cinema that resembles a chair, usually fixed to the floor
- (plural)the area of seats on the ground floor of a theatre or cinema nearest to the stage or screen
- a tubelike covering for a finger, as in a glove
- (plural) short for starting stalls
- set out one's stall British to make the necessary arrangements for the achievement of something and show that one is determined to achieve it
- to cause (a motor vehicle or its engine) to stop, usually by incorrect use of the clutch or incorrect adjustment of the fuel mixture, or (of an engine or motor vehicle) to stop, usually for these reasons
- to cause (an aircraft) to go into a stall or (of an aircraft) to go into a stall
- to stick or cause to stick fast, as in mud or snow
- (tr) to confine (an animal) in a stall
- to employ delaying tactics towards (someone); be evasive
- (intr) sport, mainly US to play or fight below one's best in order to deceive
- an evasive move; pretext
Word Origin and History for stalled
"place in a stable for animals," Old English steall "place where cattle are kept, place, position," from Proto-Germanic *stallaz (cf. Old Norse stallr "pedestal for idols, altar," Old Frisian stal, Old High German stall "stand, place, stable, stall," German Stall "stable," Stelle "place"), earlier *stalnaz- or *stathlo-, from PIE root *stel- "to put, stand," with derivatives referring to a standing object or place (cf. Greek stele "standing block, slab," Latin stolidus "insensible, dull, brutish," properly "unmovable").
The word passed into Romanic languages (cf. Italian stallo "place," stalla "stable;" Old French estal "place, position, stand, stall," French étal "butcher's stall"). Several meanings, including that of "a stand for selling" (mid-13c., implied in stallage "tax levied for the privilege of erecting a stall at a market or fair"), are from (or influenced by) Old French estal. Meaning "partially enclosed seat in a choir" is attested from c.1400; that of "urinal in a men's room" is from 1967.
"pretense to avoid doing something," variant of stale "bird used as a decoy to lure other birds" (mid-15c.), from Anglo-French estale "decoy, pigeon used to lure a hawk" (13c., cf. stool pigeon), literally "standstill," from Old French estal "place, stand, stall," from Frankish *stal- "position," cognate with Old English steall (see stall (n.1)).
Cf. Old English stælhran "decoy reindeer," German stellvogel "decoy bird." Figurative sense of "deception, means of allurement" is first recorded 1520s. Meaning "evasive trick or story, pretext, excuse" first recorded 1812 (see stall (v.)); sense entwined with that of "thief's assistant" (1590s).
The stallers up are gratified with such part of the gains acquired as the liberality of the knuckling gentlemen may prompt them to bestow. [J.H. Vaux, "Flash Dictionary," 1812]
1590s, "to screen a pickpocket from observation," from stall (n.2) "decoy." Meaning "to precaricate, be evasive, play for time" is attested from 1903. Of engines or engine-powered vehicles, it is attested from 1904 (transitive), 1914 (intransitive), from earlier sense of "to become stuck, come to a standstill" (c.1400), which is directly from Old French estale or Old English steall (see stall (n.1)). Related: Stalled; stalling.