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  1. stall
    IPA[stôl]
  2. noun

    • 1. a stand, booth, or compartment for the sale of goods in a market or large covered area:

      fruit and vegetable stalls
    • 2. an individual compartment for an animal in a stable or barn, enclosed on three sides.

    • 3. a stable.

    • 4. a marked-out parking space for a vehicle:

      a parking stall
    • 5. a compartment for one person in a shower room, restroom, or similar facility.

    • 6. a fixed seat in the choir or chancel of a church, more or less enclosed at the back and sides and often canopied, typically reserved for a particular member of the clergy.

    • 7. the seats on the ground floor in a theater:

      a stalls seat
      Synonym : orchestra, parterre
    • 8. an instance of an engine, vehicle, aircraft, or boat stalling:

      speed must be maintained to avoid a stall and loss of control

    verb

    • 1. (of a motor vehicle or its engine) stop running, typically because of an overload on the engine:

      her car stalled at the crossroads
    • 2. (of an aircraft or its pilot) reach a condition where the speed is too low to allow effective operation of the controls.

    • 3. have insufficient wind power in the sails to give controlled motion.

    • 4. cause (an engine, vehicle, aircraft, or boat) to stall.

    • 5. stop or cause to stop making progress:

      his career had stalled, hers taken off the government has stalled the much-needed project
      Synonym : obstruct, impede, interfere with, hinder, hamper, block, interrupt, hold up, hold back, stand in the way of, frustrate, thwart, balk, inhibit, hamstring, sabotage, encumber, restrain, slow, slow down, retard, delay, stonewall, forestall, arrest, check, stop, halt, stay, derail, restrict, limit, curb, put a brake on, bridle, fetter, shackle, stymie, bork, trammel
    • 6. speak or act in a deliberately vague way in order to gain more time to deal with a question or issue; prevaricate:

      she was stalling for time
      Synonym : use delaying tactics, play for time, temporize, gain time, hang back, hang fire, hold back, procrastinate, hedge, beat around the bush, drag one's feet, delay, filibuster, stonewall, kick the can down the road
    • 7. delay or divert (someone) by stalling:

      stall him until I've had time to take a look
      Synonym : delay, divert, distract, hold off, stave off, fend off, keep off, ward off, keep at bay, keep at arm's length
    • 8. put or keep (an animal) in a stall, especially in order to fatten it:

      the horses were stalled at Upper Bolney Farm
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: stall, plural noun: stalls

    • v.: verb: stall, 3rd person present: stalls, gerund or present participle: stalling, past tense: stalled, past participle: stalled

    • noun

      a stand, booth, or compartment for the sale of goods in a market or large covered area:

      an individual compartment for an animal in a stable or cowshed, enclosed on three sides.

    • verb

      (of a motor vehicle or its engine) stop running, typically because of an overload on the engine:

      (of an aircraft) stop flying and begin to fall because the speed is too low or the angle of attack too large to maintain adequate lift.

    • noun

      an enclosed area in a barn in which a single animal can move around freely.
    • noun

      a stand or booth where goods are sold in a market:
    • noun

      a marked increase in drag and a loss of lift and control on an aircraft approaching the speed of sound.
    • noun

      a small partitioned-off area containing a toilet in a public restroom:
    • verb

      feed and keep (an animal) in a stall, especially in order to fatten it.
    • noun

      a cubicle in a public toilet:
    • noun

      an aerobatic manoeuvre in which the aircraft climbs vertically before being stalled, when it turns on one wing into a dive:
    • noun

      a marked increase in drag and a loss of lift and control on an aircraft approaching the speed of sound.
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