from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A ruse or tactic used to mislead or delay.
  • intransitive verb To employ delaying tactics against.
  • intransitive verb To employ delaying tactics.
  • noun A compartment for one domestic animal in a barn or shed.
  • noun A booth, cubicle, or stand used by a vendor, as at a market.
  • noun A small compartment.
  • noun An enclosed seat in the chancel of a church.
  • noun A pew in a church.
  • noun Chiefly British A seat in the front part of a theater.
  • noun A space marked off, as in a garage, for parking a motor vehicle.
  • noun A protective sheath for a finger or toe.
  • noun The sudden, unintended loss of power or effectiveness in an engine.
  • noun A condition in which an aircraft or airfoil experiences an interruption of airflow resulting in loss of lift and a tendency to drop.
  • intransitive verb To put or lodge in a stall.
  • intransitive verb To maintain in a stall for fattening.
  • intransitive verb To halt the motion or progress of; bring to a standstill.
  • intransitive verb To cause (a motor or motor vehicle) accidentally to stop running.
  • intransitive verb To cause (an aircraft) to go into a stall.
  • intransitive verb To live or be lodged in a stall. Used of an animal.
  • intransitive verb To stick fast in mud or snow.
  • intransitive verb To come to a standstill.
  • intransitive verb To stop running as a result of mechanical failure.
  • intransitive verb To lose forward flying speed, causing a stall. Used of an aircraft.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A standing-place; station; position; place; room.
  • noun A standing-place for horses or cattle; a stable or cattle-shed; also, a division of a stable, cow-house, or cattle-shed, for the accommodation of one horse or ox; the stand or place in a stable where a horse or an ox is kept and fed: as, the stable contains eight stalls.
  • noun A booth, either in the open air or in a building, in which merchandise is exposed for sale, or in which some business or occupation is carried on: as, a butcher's stall.
  • noun A bench or table on which things are exposed for sale: as, a book-stall.
  • noun A seat or throne; a bench.
  • noun One of a range of fixed seats inclosed either wholly or in part at the back and sides, in the choir or chancel of a cathedral or church, and often surmounted by a richly sculptured canopy (see cut in preceding column): mostly appropriated for the clergy: as, a canon's stall; a dean's stall; hence, the position or dignity of canon.
  • noun In a theater, originally, a seat separated from others by arms or rails; now, usually, one of the seats in the front division of the parquet (sometimes called orchestra stalls); but the application of the term is variable.
  • noun In metallurgy, a chamber or compartment in which ores are roasted. See roast-stall.
  • noun A working-place in a coal-mine, varying in size and shape according to the system adopted. Also called chamber, room, breast, etc.
  • noun Same as cot, 4.See also finger-stall.
  • To place; set; fix; install.
  • To place in an office with the customary formalities; induct into office; install.
  • To put into or keep in a stall or stable: as, to stall a horse.
  • To set fast in the mire; cause to stick in the mud; mire: as, to stall horses or a carriage.
  • To corner; bring to bay; secure.
  • To forestall.
  • To fatten; fatten with stall-feeding.
  • To postpone the payment of; forbear to claim payment for a time; allow to be paid by instalments.
  • To come to a stand; take up a position.
  • To live as in a stall; dwell; inhabit.
  • To stick or be set fast in the mire.
  • To kennel, as dogs.
  • To be tired of eating, as cattle.
  • noun An ambush.
  • noun A stale; a stalking-horse; cover; mark; pretext.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration (influenced by stall) of obsolete stale, pickpocket's accomplice, from Middle English, decoy, from Anglo-Norman estale, of Germanic origin; possibly akin to Old English stǣl, stathol, place, position; see staddle.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English stalle, from Old English steall, standing place, stable; see stel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English steall ("standing place, position"). Compare Dutch stal ("cattle shed"), German Stall ("cattle shed"), Old Norse stallr. Cognate with stand.


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