stall


stall
stall1
stall-like, adj.
/stawl/, n.
1. a compartment in a stable or shed for the accommodation of one animal.
2. a stable or shed for horses or cattle.
3. 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.
4. carrel (def. 1).
5. one of a number of fixed enclosed seats in the choir or chancel of a church for the use of the clergy.
6. a pew.
7. any small compartment or booth for a specific activity or housing a specific thing: a shower stall.
8. a rectangular space marked off or reserved for parking a car or other vehicle, as in a parking lot.
9. an instance or the condition of causing an engine, or a vehicle powered by an engine, to stop, esp. by supplying it with a poor fuel mixture or by overloading it.
10. Aeron. 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. Cf. critical angle (def. 2).
11. a protective covering for a finger or toe, as various guards and sheaths or one finger of a glove.
12. Brit. a chairlike seat in a theater, separated from others by arms or rails, esp. one in the front section of the parquet.
v.t.
13. to assign to, put, or keep in a stall or stalls, as an animal or a car.
14. to confine in a stall for fattening, as cattle.
15. to cause (a motor or the vehicle it powers) to stop, esp. by supplying it with a poor fuel mixture or overloading it.
16. Aeron.
a. to put (an airplane) into a stall.
b. to lose control of or crash (an airplane) from so doing.
17. to bring to a standstill; check the progress or motion of, esp. unintentionally.
18. to cause to stick fast, as in mire or snow.
v.i.
19. (of an engine, car, airplane, etc.) to be stalled or go through the process of stalling (sometimes fol. by out).
20. to come to a standstill; be brought to a stop.
21. to stick fast, as in mire.
22. to occupy a stall, as an animal.
[bef. 900; ME; OE steall; c. G Stall, ON stallr; akin to OE stellan, G stellen to put, place]
stall2
/stawl/, v.i.
1. to delay, esp. by evasion or deception.
2. Sports. to prolong holding the ball as a tactic to prevent the opponent from scoring, as when one's team has the lead. Cf. freeze (def. 31).
v.t.
3. to delay or put off, esp. by evasion or deception (often fol. by off): He stalled the police for 15 minutes so his accomplice could get away.
n.
4. a pretext, as a ruse, trick, or the like, used to delay or deceive.
5. Underworld Slang. the member of a pickpocket's team who distracts the victim long enough for the theft to take place.
6. Sports. slowdown (def. 3).
[1490-1500; earlier stale decoy bird ( > AF estale decoy pigeon), OE stael- decoy (in staelhran decoy reindeer); akin to STALL1]

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Synonyms:
, , / (as in a stable), , , (as in mire), , / (where things are sold), , , / (for a dignitary in the choir of a church)


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  • Stall — (st[add]l), n. [OE. stal, AS. steall, stall, a place, seat, or station, a stable; akin to D. & OHG. stal, G. & Sw. stall, Icel. stallr, Dan. stald, originally, a standing place; akin also to G. stelle a place, stellen to place, Gr. ste llein to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stall — Stall, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stalled} (st[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Stalling}.] [Cf. Sw. stalla, Dan. stalde.] 1. To put into a stall or stable; to keep in a stall or stalls; as, to stall an ox. [1913 Webster] Where King Latinus then his oxen… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stall — can refer to: * Stall (enclosure), a small enclosure, as for market goods, or for an animal ** Market stall, makeshift or mobile structures for selling market goods or serving food. * Choir stall seating in a church for the choir * Stall (engine) …   Wikipedia

  • stall — ‘compartment, booth, etc’ [OE] and stall ‘stop’ [15] are distinct words, but they have a common ancestor, in prehistoric Germanic *stal , *stel ‘position’ (source of English still). This in turn was formed from the base *sta ‘stand’, which also… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • stall — ‘compartment, booth, etc’ [OE] and stall ‘stop’ [15] are distinct words, but they have a common ancestor, in prehistoric Germanic *stal , *stel ‘position’ (source of English still). This in turn was formed from the base *sta ‘stand’, which also… …   Word origins

  • stall — stall1 [stôl] n. [ME stal < OE steall, place, station, stall, stable, akin to OHG stal < IE base * stel , to place, set up, stiff, stem > STILL1] 1. a) Obs. a stable b) a compartment for one animal in a stable 2. any of various… …   English World dictionary

  • Stall — Stall, v. i. [AS. steallian to have room. See {Stall}, n.] 1. To live in, or as in, a stall; to dwell. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] We could not stall together In the whole world. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To kennel, as dogs. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 3. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stall — Blason inconnu …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Stall — Sm std. (8. Jh.), mhd. stal, ahd. stal m./n., mndd. stal, mndl. stal Stammwort. Aus g. * stalla m. Stand , auch in anord. stallr Sockel, Krippe , ae. steall Stand, Stellung, Stall , afr. stall Stall . Das Wort, das mit stellen zusammengehört,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Stall — Stall, Unterkunftsraum für die Haustiere. Der Viehstall muß so angelegt sein, daß den Tieren reine, gesunde Luft, Licht, ausreichender Raum, reine Ruhe und Lagerplätze, Schutz gegen Witterung, Insekten etc. und genügende Wärme zukommen, überdies… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Stall — Stall: Das altgerm. Substantiv mhd., ahd. stal, niederl. stal, engl. stall, schwed. stall bedeutet eigentlich »Standort, Stelle« (z. T. bis in frühnhd. Zeit; s. auch die Artikel ↑ installieren und ↑ Gestell). Von ihm ist das unter ↑ stellen… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch


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