- 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 stall
But there are deep suspicions in Kiev that the Russians only went to Geneva to stall threatened Western economic sanctions.Ukraine Foreign Minister Speaks of Mistrust—and a Truce
April 19, 2014
The tactic made sense only as a stall for defendants each facing 20 years or more in prison.Bernie Madoff’s Five Little Helpers Are Going To Prison.
Allan Dodds Frank
March 25, 2014
“At a rodeo, in a stall, in a three-way,” says McConaughey with a chuckle.Matthew McConaughey In ‘Dallas Buyers Club’: From Bongos to Oscar Contender
October 30, 2013
When Somali pirates forced Ricahrd Phillips to give up his crew, he had to stall by any means—or face the death of all his men.‘You Have 30 Seconds’: The Real Captain Phillips’s Gripping Memoir
Captain Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty
October 11, 2013
After allowing his lesser-known rapper friend, the shrieking Psycho Egyptian, to stall until he was ready, Blanco takes the stage.Don’t Call It Gay Rap: Le1f’s Transition From YouTube to the Main Stage
August 30, 2013
It was Philip Crane, standing just outside of the stall, who thus addressed him.
Somehow he felt that he must drive the horses back, back, out of the stall.
And pushing, crowding, hugging the side of the stall, Mortimer fought his way to the girl.
In rushing from Lauzanne's stall Allis had left the door swinging on its hinges.
A boy in my stable happened to be in the stall an' heard 'em.
- 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 stall
"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.