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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.]
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We've all heard it: "An airplane can stall at any airspeed, in any attitude, at any power setting." Some aerobatic pilots have stalled at full throttle pitched 90 degrees straight down--say, by pulling too hard trying to tighten a loop.
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But, given that you've stalled anything close to the ground, you have limited options in the first place.
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Stalled. Few words carry such negative baggage for pilots as the various conjugates of the word "stall." And it's even worse outside aviation circles, where the general public and the media frequently and incorrectly use the concept, often blaming the engine for something the pilot did.
So, a commuter turboprop pilot stalled and failed to recover, perhaps because he was taught to only power out of it while maintaining altitude, and a trans-oceanic airliner stalled at altitude in weather, with indications suggesting that the pilots didn't even recognize the stall until too late.
The number of stalled construction sites throughout New York City fell by eight percent from October 2010 to October 2011 but remains 40 percent above the number recorded two years ago, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of Department of Buildings (DOB) inspection records.
Despite signs that the broader economy is recovering from the previous recession, an analysis of stalled building sites suggests that the construction industry is lagging behind.
This is especially useful when the wing is stalled or nearly stalled, because the ailerons may not be terribly effective when compared to the (almost always) quite larger rudder, perhaps aided by propeller blast.