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stall 1

1. A compartment for one domestic animal in a barn or shed.
a. A booth, cubicle, or stand used by a vendor, as at a market.
b. A small compartment: a shower stall.
a. An enclosed seat in the chancel of a church.
b. A pew in a church.
4. Chiefly British A seat in the front part of a theater.
5. A space marked off, as in a garage, for parking a motor vehicle.
6. A protective sheath for a finger or toe.
7. The sudden, unintended loss of power or effectiveness in an engine.
8. A condition in which an aircraft or airfoil experiences an interruption of airflow resulting in loss of lift and a tendency to drop.
v. stalled, stall·ing, stalls
1. To put or lodge in a stall.
2. To maintain in a stall for fattening: to stall cattle.
3. To halt the motion or progress of; bring to a standstill.
4. To cause (a motor or motor vehicle) accidentally to stop running.
5. To cause (an aircraft) to go into a stall.
1. To live or be lodged in a stall. Used of an animal.
2. To stick fast in mud or snow.
3. To come to a standstill: Negotiations stalled.
4. To stop running as a result of mechanical failure: The car stalled on the freeway.
5. To lose forward flying speed, causing a stall. Used of an aircraft.

[Middle English stalle, from Old English steall, standing place, stable; see stel- in Indo-European roots.]

stall 2

A ruse or tactic used to mislead or delay.
v. stalled, stall·ing, stalls
To employ delaying tactics against: stall off creditors.
To employ delaying tactics: stalling for time.

[Alteration (influenced by stall) of obsolete stale, pickpocket's accomplice, from Middle English, decoy, from Anglo-Norman estale, of Germanic origin; possibly akin to Old English stǣl, stathol, place, position; see staddle.]


Separate seats, usually with arm rests, originally at the front of the lower level of the auditorium, now usually all that level.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stalls - a farm building for housing horses or other livestockstalls - a farm building for housing horses or other livestock
farm building - a building on a farm
livery stable - stable where horses and vehicles are kept for hire
stall - a compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined and fed
مَقْعَد أمامي في المَسْرَح
křesla v přízemí
fremstu sæti
kreslá na prízemí


(stoːl) noun
1. a compartment in a cowshed etc. cattle stalls.
2. a small shop or a counter or table on which goods are displayed for sale. He bought a newspaper at the bookstall on the station; traders' stalls.
stalls noun plural
(often with the) in a theatre, the seats on the ground floor. I always sit in the stalls.
References in classic literature ?
He layed down on that bunk-bed, close to the ox stalls, where he always slept.
The first stall was a large square one, shut in behind with a wooden gate; the others were common stalls, good stalls, but not nearly so large; it had a low rack for hay and a low manger for corn; it was called a loose box, because the horse that was put into it was not tied up, but left loose, to do as he liked.
The gallery and pit were fairly full, but the two rows of dingy stalls were quite empty, and there was hardly a person in what I suppose they called the dress-circle.
Then they made their way through the front rows of stalls and looked at Box Five on the grand tier, They could not see it well, because it was half in darkness and because great covers were flung over the red velvet of the ledges of all the boxes.
She answered with great humility that she was called La Tolosa, and that she was the daughter of a cobbler of Toledo who lived in the stalls of Sanchobienaya, and that wherever she might be she would serve and esteem him as her lord.
Boldly he led his shuffling horse to the place where the butchers had their stalls.
He observed that the butchers stalls contained neither mutton, goat, nor pork; and, knowing also that it is a sacrilege to kill cattle, which are preserved solely for farming, he made up his mind that meat was far from plentiful in Yokohama-- nor was he mistaken; and, in default of butcher's meat, he could have wished for a quarter of wild boar or deer, a partridge, or some quails, some game or fish, which, with rice, the Japanese eat almost exclusively.
Upon reaching their stalls, they found the whole of the audience in the parterre standing up and directing their gaze towards the box formerly possessed by the Russian ambassador.
Girls and boys, the former on the right, the latter on the left-hand side of the church, filled the stalls of the choir; the priest stood beside the reading-desk; on one stained window of the side-aisle the Holy Ghost hovered over the Virgin; on another one, Mary knelt before the Child Jesus, and behind the alter, a wooden group represented Saint Michael felling the dragon.
And these people, whose interests were so warmly looked after, in order not to fail in respect for their king quitted shops, stalls, and ateliers to go and evince a little gratitude to Louis XIV.
He led them on and on, through a maze of back kitchens, dairies, larders, and sculleries, that melted along covered ways into a farm-house, visibly older than the main building, which again rambled out among barns, byres, pig-pens, stalls and stables to the dead fields behind.
The lama, sumptuously fed by Mahbub's Baltis, was already asleep in a corner of one of the stalls.