What does stall mean?

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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"


  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

  18. Origin: [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 set, place, send, and E. stand. 163. See Stand, and cf. Apostle, Epistle, Forestall, Install, Stale, a. & v. i., 1st Stalk, Stallion, Still.]


  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

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How to say stall in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stall in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stall in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of stall in a Sentence

  1. Steven Rosenthal:

    I expect Trump will stall at every opportunity.

  2. Nick Watney:

    Even though I only lost a shot there, it was a momentum stall.

  3. Joe MacGregor:

    Rifts can stall when they reach the softer ice, like that found in the medial flowline.

  4. Tim Buckley:

    I would expect the coalition to fight a rearguard action that will slow the transition, but they can't stall it.

  5. Derek Scissors:

    President Donald Trump's absolutely right that the Chinese are trying to stall until after the election, absolutely right.

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Translations for stall

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  • gå i ståDanish
  • Stand, Bude, Überziehen, Stall, Kabine, Duschkabine, StrömungsabrissGerman
  • κιόσκι μικροπωλητήGreek
  • barrena, puesto, entrar en pérdidaSpanish
  • آخورPersian
  • pilttuu, kioski, sakkaus, koju, myyntikoju, suihkukaappi, permanto, viivytys, pysähtyä, viivyttää, seisahtua, sakataFinnish
  • stalle, stand, cabine de douche, étal, parterre, décrochage, décrocherFrench
  • buabhall, stàileScottish Gaelic
  • կրպակ, տաղավարArmenian
  • stalla, bancarella, platea, chiosco, cabinaItalian
  • 厩舎, 出店, シャワー室, 失速, 馬小屋, 露店, 売店, ストールJapanese
  • ბაგაGeorgian
  • 정체되다Korean
  • whakamārariMāori
  • партерMacedonian
  • cabine, afslaan, stallen, overtrekkenDutch
  • stallNorwegian
  • boxe, estande, platéia, baia, banca, box, audiência, estol, estolarPortuguese
  • staulRomanian
  • палатка, киоск, душевая кабинка, партер, стойло, ларёк, кабинка, сваливание, глохнуть, сваливаться с потока, останавливаться, сваливатьсяRussian
  • bås, stånd, parkettplats, spilta, uppehållaSwedish
  • kibanda, vibandaSwahili
  • แผงลอยThai
  • 摊子Chinese

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