stall1 [stôl]
[ME stal < OE steall, place, station, stall, stable, akin to OHG stal < IE base * stel-, to place, set up, stiff, stem > STILL1]
a) Obs. a stable
b) a compartment for one animal in a stable
2. any of various compartments, booths, separate sections, etc.; specif.,
a) a booth, table, or counter, as at a market or fair, at which goods are sold
b) a pew or enclosed seat in the main part of a church or in the choir
c) a small, enclosed space, as a compartment in which one showers
d) any of the spaces marked off, as in a garage, for parking individual automobiles
3. Brit.
a) an orchestra seat in a theater, esp. one in the front part
b) [pl.] ORCHESTRA (sense 3a); also, the people sitting in these seats
4. a protective sheath, as of rubber, for a finger or thumb; cot
5. the condition of being brought to a stop or standstill, as through some malfunction
6. Aeron. a condition in which an improper angle of attack and a lack of airspeed combine to disrupt the airflow around an airfoil enough to result in a loss of lift which forces the aircraft to drop, possibly going out of control
vt., vi.
[ME stallen < the n. & < OFr estaler < Gmc, as in OHG stal]
1. to put, keep, or be kept in a stall
2. to cause to stick fast or to be stuck fast, as in mud
3. to bring or be brought to a stop or standstill, esp. unintentionally
4. to stop or cause to stop through some malfunction: said of a motor or engine
5. Aeron. to put or go into a stall
stall2 [stôl]
[< stall, decoy, var. of obs. stale, one who lures < Anglo-Fr estale < OFr estaler: see STALL1, vt. vi.]
to act or speak evasively or hesitantly so as to deceive or delay [to stall for time]
to put off or delay by stalling: usually with off [to stall off creditors]
any action, device, etc. used to deceive or delay; evasive trick

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Stall — (st[add]l), n. [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stall — Stall, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stalled} (st[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Stalling}.] [Cf. Sw. stalla, Dan. stalde.] 1. To put into a stall or stable; to keep in a stall or stalls; as, to stall an ox. [1913 Webster] Where King Latinus then his oxen… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stall — can refer to: * Stall (enclosure), a small enclosure, as for market goods, or for an animal ** Market stall, makeshift or mobile structures for selling market goods or serving food. * Choir stall seating in a church for the choir * Stall (engine) …   Wikipedia

  • stall — ‘compartment, booth, etc’ [OE] and stall ‘stop’ [15] are distinct words, but they have a common ancestor, in prehistoric Germanic *stal , *stel ‘position’ (source of English still). This in turn was formed from the base *sta ‘stand’, which also… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • stall — ‘compartment, booth, etc’ [OE] and stall ‘stop’ [15] are distinct words, but they have a common ancestor, in prehistoric Germanic *stal , *stel ‘position’ (source of English still). This in turn was formed from the base *sta ‘stand’, which also… …   Word origins

  • Stall — Stall, v. i. [AS. steallian to have room. See {Stall}, n.] 1. To live in, or as in, a stall; to dwell. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] We could not stall together In the whole world. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To kennel, as dogs. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 3. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stall — Blason inconnu …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Stall — Sm std. (8. Jh.), mhd. stal, ahd. stal m./n., mndd. stal, mndl. stal Stammwort. Aus g. * stalla m. Stand , auch in anord. stallr Sockel, Krippe , ae. steall Stand, Stellung, Stall , afr. stall Stall . Das Wort, das mit stellen zusammengehört,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Stall — Stall, Unterkunftsraum für die Haustiere. Der Viehstall muß so angelegt sein, daß den Tieren reine, gesunde Luft, Licht, ausreichender Raum, reine Ruhe und Lagerplätze, Schutz gegen Witterung, Insekten etc. und genügende Wärme zukommen, überdies… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Stall — Stall: Das altgerm. Substantiv mhd., ahd. stal, niederl. stal, engl. stall, schwed. stall bedeutet eigentlich »Standort, Stelle« (z. T. bis in frühnhd. Zeit; s. auch die Artikel ↑ installieren und ↑ Gestell). Von ihm ist das unter ↑ stellen… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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