stall

noun (1)
\ˈstȯl \

Definition of stall 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1a : a compartment for a domestic animal in a stable or barn

b : a space marked off for parking a motor vehicle

2a : a seat in the chancel of a church with back and sides wholly or partly enclosed

b : a church pew

c chiefly British : a front orchestra seat in a theater usually used in plural

3 : a booth, stand, or counter at which articles are displayed for sale

4 : a protective sheath for a finger or toe

5 : a small compartment a shower stall especially : one with a toilet or urinal

stall

verb (1)
stalled; stalling; stalls

Definition of stall (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : to put into or keep in a stall

2 obsolete : install sense 1

3a : to bring to a standstill : block especially : mire

b : to cause (an engine) to stop usually inadvertently

c : to cause (an aircraft or airfoil) to go into a stall

intransitive verb

1 : to come to a standstill (as from mired wheels or engine failure)

2 : to experience a stall in flying

stall

noun (2)

Definition of stall (Entry 3 of 5)

: the condition of an airfoil or aircraft in which excessive angle of attack causes disruption of airflow with attendant loss of lift

stall

noun (3)

Definition of stall (Entry 4 of 5)

: a ruse to deceive or delay

stall

verb (2)
stalled; stalling; stalls

Definition of stall (Entry 5 of 5)

intransitive verb

: to play for time : delay

transitive verb

: to hold off, divert, or delay by evasion or deception

First Known Use of stall

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1916, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1846, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1903, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for stall

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English steall; akin to Old High German stal place, stall and perhaps to Latin locus (Old Latin stlocus) place

Noun (3)

alteration of stale lure

Verb (2)

stall entry 4

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stall

noun
\ˈstȯl \

Kids Definition of stall

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a compartment for one animal in a stable or barn

2 : a booth, stand, or counter where business may be carried on or articles may be displayed for sale

3 : a seat in a church choir : a church pew

4 : a small enclosed private compartment a shower stall

stall

verb
stalled; stalling

Kids Definition of stall (Entry 2 of 3)

: to distract attention or make excuses to gain time Quit stalling and answer me.

stall

verb
stalled; stalling

Kids Definition of stall (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : to stop or cause to stop usually by accident The engine keeps stalling.

2 : to put or keep in a stall They stalled the horses for the night.

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