• A compartment for a single animal in a stable or cattle shed.
  • A stable; a place for cattle.
  • A bench or table on which small articles of merchandise are exposed for sale.
  • A small open-fronted shop, for example in a market, food court, etc.
  • A very small room used for a shower or a toilet.
  • A seat in a theatre close to and (about) level with the stage; traditionally, a seat with arms, or otherwise partly enclosed, as distinguished from the benches, sofas, etc.
  • Loss of lift due to an airfoil's critical angle of attack being exceeded.
  • An Heathen altar, typically an indoor one, as contrasted with a more substantial outdoor harrow.
  • A seat in a church, especially one next to the chancel or choir, reserved for church officials and dignitaries.
  • A church office that entitles the incumbent to the use of a church stall.
  • A sheath to protect the finger.
  • The space left by excavation between pillars.
  • A parking stall; a space for a vehicle in a parking lot or parkade.
  • An action that is intended to cause or actually causes delay.


  • To put (an animal, etc.) in a stall.
  • To fatten.
  • To come to a standstill.
  • To cause to stop making progress, to hinder, to slow down, to delay or forestall.
  • To plunge into mire or snow so as not to be able to get on; to set; to fix.
  • To stop suddenly.
  • To cause the engine of a manual-transmission car to stop by going too slowly for the selected gear.
  • To exceed the critical angle of attack, resulting in loss of lift.
  • To cause to exceed the critical angle of attack, resulting in loss of lift.
  • To live in, or as if in, a stall; to dwell.
  • To be stuck, as in mire or snow; to stick fast.
  • To be tired of eating, as cattle.
  • To place in an office with the customary formalities; to install.
  • To forestall; to anticipate.
  • To keep close; to keep secret.
  • To employ delaying tactics against.
  • To employ delaying tactics.


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  • From Middle English stall, stalle, from Old English steall ("standing place, position"), from Proto-Germanic *stallaz, from Proto-Indo-European *stel-.
  • From Middle English stallen, partly from Old French estaler, ultimately from the same origin as Etymology 1 (see above); and partly from Middle English stalle.

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