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stall 1

 (stôl)
n.
1. A compartment for one domestic animal in a barn or shed.
2.
a. A booth, cubicle, or stand used by a vendor, as at a market.
b. A small compartment: a shower stall.
3.
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
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
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

 (stôl)
n.
A ruse or tactic used to mislead or delay.
v. stalled, stall·ing, stalls
v.tr.
To employ delaying tactics against: stall off creditors.
v.intr.
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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stalling - a tactic used to mislead or delay
obstruction - the act of obstructing; "obstruction of justice"
stonewalling - stalling or delaying especially by refusing to answer questions or cooperate
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Motorists and motor vehicles owners are further advised that immediately upon stalling of a vehicle cautionary measures are taken to alert other road use.
Stalling out of the maneuver usually meant you got to recover and do it again until you got it right, at least in training.
At speeds near max flap extension in ice, the risk is stalling the tail if the flaps are extended.
He noted that a pilot must recover from a stall to get a private license, but only recover from nearly stalling to get a commercial pilot's certificate.
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