stall

1
[stawl]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. stalking,
  2. stalking horse,
  3. stalking-horse,
  4. stalkless,
  5. stalky,
  6. stall-fed,
  7. stall-feed,
  8. stallage,
  9. stallholder,
  10. stalling angle

Origin of stall

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English steall; cognate with German Stall, Old Norse stallr; akin to Old English stellan, German stellen to put, place

Related formsstall-like, adjective

stall

2
[stawl]

verb (used without object)

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).

verb (used with object)

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.

noun

a pretext, as a ruse, trick, or the like, used to delay or deceive.
Underworld Slang. the member of a pickpocket's team who distracts the victim long enough for the theft to take place.Compare wire(def 11).
Sports. slowdown(def 3).

Origin of stall

2
1490–1500; earlier stale decoy bird (> Anglo-French estale decoy pigeon), Old English stæl- decoy (in stælhrān decoy reindeer); akin to stall1

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British Dictionary definitions for stalled

stall

1

noun

  1. a compartment in a stable or shed for confining or feeding a single animal
  2. another name for stable 1 (def. 1)
a small often temporary stand or booth for the display and sale of goods
(in a church)
  1. 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
  2. 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
British
  1. a seat in a theatre or cinema that resembles a chair, usually fixed to the floor
  2. (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

verb

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

Word Origin for stall

Old English steall a place for standing; related to Old High German stall, and stellen to set

stall

2

verb

to employ delaying tactics towards (someone); be evasive
(intr) sport, mainly US to play or fight below one's best in order to deceive

noun

an evasive move; pretext

Word Origin for stall

C16: from Anglo-French estale bird used as a decoy, influenced by stall 1

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