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stall

Noun

1 a compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined and fed
2 small area set off by walls for special use [syn: booth, cubicle, kiosk]
3 a booth where articles are displayed for sale [syn: stand, sales booth]
4 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 small individual study area in a library [syn: carrel, carrell, cubicle]
6 a tactic used to mislead or delay [syn: stalling]

Verb

1 postpone doing what one should be doing; "He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days" [syn: procrastinate, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, shillyshally, dilly-dally, dillydally]
2 come to a stop; "The car stalled in the driveway" [syn: conk]
3 deliberately delay an event or action; "she doesn't want to write the report, so she is stalling"
4 put into, or keep in, a stall; "Stall the horse"
5 experience a stall in flight, of airplanes
6 cause an airplane to go into a stall
7 cause an engine to stop; "The inexperienced driver kept stalling the car"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Stall

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

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

Noun

  1. A compartment for a single animal in a stable or cattle shed.
  2. A small open-fronted shop.
  3. A very small room used for a shower or a toilet.
    • John Updike, Rabbit at Rest,
      Rabbit eases from the king-size bed, goes into their bathroom with its rose-colored one-piece Fiberglas tub and shower stall, and urinates into the toilet of a matching rose porcelain.
  4. A seat in a theatre close to and (about) level with the stage.
  5. Loss of lift due to an airfoil's critical angle of attack being exceeded.
  6. An altar used in Heathenry, normally for indoor use as opposed to the more substantial outdoor harrow.
    • 1989, Eldred Thorsson, A Book of Troth, Llewellyn, ISBN 0-87542-777-4, page 156,
      In a private rite, a ring is drawn on teh ground around a harrow or before an indoor stall.
    • 2006, Selene Silverwind, Everything you need to know about Paganism, David & Charles, ISBN-13: 978-0-7153-2486, page 117,
      Some Asatruar kindreds call their indoor altars stalls and their outdoor altars harrows.
    • 2006, Mark Puryear, The Nature of Asatru, iUniverse, ISBN-13: 978-0-595-38964-3, page 237,
      Stalli (STAL-i) - Altar.
Translations
A compartment for a single animal in a stable or cattle shed
A small open-fronted shop
A very small room used for a shower
A seat in a theatre close to and (about) level with the stage
Loss of lift due to an airfoil's critical angle of attack being exceeded

Verb

  1. To come to a standstill.
  2. To exceed the critical angle of attack, resulting in total loss of lift.

Translations

To come to a standstill
To exceed the critical angle of attack, resulting in total loss of lift

Etymology 2

Noun

  1. 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.

Translations

Verb

  1. To employ delaying tactics against
    He stalled the creditors as long as he could.
  2. To employ delaying tactics
    Soon it became clear that she was stalling to give him time to get away.

Translations

To employ delaying tactics against
To employ delaying tactics

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. stable, building for housing horses
  2. a team in certain sports, in particular racing.

Descendants

Extensive Definition

Stall can refer to:
stall in Dutch: Stall

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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