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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a compartment, as in a stable, for the accommodation of one animal.

    Category: Agriculture

  2. a stable or shed for horses or cattle.

    Category: Agriculture

  3. a booth or stand in which merchandise is displayed for sale (often used in combination):

    a bookstall.

  4. one of a number of enclosed seats in the choir or chancel of a church for the use of the clergy.

  5. a pew.

  6. any small compartment for a specific activity or housing a specific thing:

    a shower stall.

  7. a marked space for parking a car, as in a parking lot.

  8. an instance 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. the resulting condition.

    Category: Automotive

  9. an instance 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. the resulting condition.

    Category: Aeronautics

    Ref: Compare critical angle (def. 2). 2

  10. Brit. a chairlike seat in a theater, esp. one in the front section of the parquet.

    Category: British

  11. (v.t.)to put or keep in a stall, as an animal or a car.

  12. to cause (a motor or vehicle) to stop, esp. by supplying it with a poor fuel mixture or overloading it.

  13. to put (an airplane) into a stall.

    Category: Aeronautics

  14. to bring to a standstill; check the progress or motion of.

  15. (v.i.)(of an engine, car, airplane, etc.) to become stalled (sometimes fol. by out).

    Category: Automotive, Aeronautics

  16. to come to a standstill; be brought to a stop.

Origin of stall:

bef. 900; (n.) ME; OE steall, c. OFris, MD, OHG stal, ON stallr; some senses < OF estal (n.), estaler (v.) < Gmc


  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.

    Category: Sport

  3. (v.t.)to delay or put off, esp. by evasion or deception (often fol. by off).

  4. (n.)a pretext, as a ruse or trick, used to delay or deceive.

  5. Slang. the member of a pickpocket's team who distracts the victim long enough for the theft to take place.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

Origin of stall:

1490–1500; earlier stale decoy bird, OE stæl- decoy (in stælhrān decoy reindeer); akin to stall1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stall(noun)

    a compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined and fed

  2. booth, cubicle, stall, kiosk(noun)

    small area set off by walls for special use

  3. stall, stand, sales booth(noun)

    a booth where articles are displayed for sale

  4. stall(noun)

    a malfunction in the flight of an aircraft in which there is a sudden loss of lift that results in a downward plunge

    "the plane went into a stall and I couldn't control it"

  5. stall(noun)

    seating in the forward part of the main level of a theater

  6. carrel, carrell, cubicle, stall(noun)

    small individual study area in a library

  7. stall, stalling(verb)

    a tactic used to mislead or delay

  8. procrastinate, stall, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, shillyshally, dilly-dally, dillydally(verb)

    postpone doing what one should be doing

    "He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days"

  9. stall, conk(verb)

    come to a stop

    "The car stalled in the driveway"

  10. stall(verb)

    deliberately delay an event or action

    "she doesn't want to write the report, so she is stalling"

  11. stall(verb)

    put into, or keep in, a stall

    "Stall the horse"

  12. stall(verb)

    experience a stall in flight, of airplanes

  13. stall(verb)

    cause an airplane to go into a stall

  14. stall(verb)

    cause an engine to stop

    "The inexperienced driver kept stalling the car"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stall(noun)ɔl

    a walled area for a farm animal in a barn

    pigs in their stalls

  2. stallɔl

    a table or other structure for displaying goods that are for sale

    She sells fruit from her market stall.

  3. stallɔl

    a walled area that contains a shower or toilet

    the stalls in a public bathroom

  4. stall(verb)ɔl

    to stop or delay

    The negotiations have stalled.; Lack of equipment has stalled the building work.

  5. stallɔl

    (of an engine) to stop working suddenly, or to make an engine stop

    The plane's engine stalled.; I kept stalling it as I tried to start.

  6. stallɔl

    to cause delays in order to gain time

    Stall her until I get there.; I could tell she was stalling.


  1. stall(Noun)

    An action that is intended to cause or actually causes delay.

    His encounters with security, reception, the secretary, and the assistant were all stalls until the general manager's attorney arrived.

  2. stall(Verb)

    To employ delaying tactics against

    He stalled the creditors as long as he could.

  3. stall(Verb)

    To employ delaying tactics

    Soon it became clear that she was stalling to give him time to get away.

  4. Origin: steall. Confer Dutch stal, German Stall, Old Norse stallr. Cognate with stand.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stall(verb)

    a stand; a station; a fixed spot; hence, the stand or place where a horse or an ox kept and fed; the division of a stable, or the compartment, for one horse, ox, or other animal

  2. Stall(verb)

    a stable; a place for cattle

  3. Stall(verb)

    a small apartment or shed in which merchandise is exposed for sale; as, a butcher's stall; a bookstall

  4. Stall(verb)

    a bench or table on which small articles of merchandise are exposed for sale

  5. Stall(verb)

    a seat in the choir of a church, for one of the officiating clergy. It is inclosed, either wholly or partially, at the back and sides. The stalls are frequently very rich, with canopies and elaborate carving

  6. Stall(verb)

    in the theater, a seat with arms or otherwise partly inclosed, as distinguished from the benches, sofas, etc

  7. Stall(verb)

    the space left by excavation between pillars. See Post and stall, under Post

  8. Stall(verb)

    to put into a stall or stable; to keep in a stall or stalls; as, to stall an ox

  9. Stall(verb)

    to fatten; as, to stall cattle

  10. Stall(verb)

    to place in an office with the customary formalities; to install

  11. Stall(verb)

    to plunge into mire or snow so as not to be able to get on; to set; to fix; as, to stall a cart

  12. Stall(verb)

    to forestall; to anticipitate. Having

  13. Stall(verb)

    to keep close; to keep secret

  14. Stall(verb)

    to live in, or as in, a stall; to dwell

  15. Stall(verb)

    to kennel, as dogs

  16. Stall(verb)

    to be set, as in mire or snow; to stick fast

  17. Stall(verb)

    to be tired of eating, as cattle


  1. Stall

    In fluid dynamics, a stall is a reduction in the lift coefficient generated by a foil as angle of attack increases. This occurs when the critical angle of attack of the foil is exceeded. The critical angle of attack is typically about 15 degrees, but it may vary significantly depending on the fluid, foil, and Reynolds number. Stalls in fixed-wing flight are often experienced as a sudden reduction in lift as the pilot increases the wing's angle of attack and exceeds its critical angle of attack. A stall does not mean that the engine have stopped working, or that the aircraft has stopped moving — the effect is the same even in an unpowered glider aircraft. Vectored thrust in manned and unmanned aircraft is used to surpass the stall limit, thereby giving rise to post-stall technology. Because stalls are most commonly discussed in connection with aviation, this article discusses stalls as they relate mainly to aircraft, in particular fixed-wing aircraft. The principles of stall discussed here translate to foils in other fluids as well.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stall' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3932

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stall' in Nouns Frequency: #2377

Translations for stall

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a compartment in a cowshed etc

cattle stalls.

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