• WordNet 3.6
    • v forestall keep from happening or arising; make impossible "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer","Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"
    • v forestall act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Forestall To deprive; -- with of. "All the better; may
      This night forestall him of the coming day!"
    • Forestall (Eng. Law) To obstruct or stop up, as a way; to stop the passage of on highway; to intercept on the road, as goods on the way to market.
    • Forestall To take beforehand, or in advance; to anticipate. "What need a man forestall his date of grief,
      And run to meet what he would most avoid?"
    • Forestall To take possession of, in advance of some one or something else, to the exclusion or detriment of the latter; to get ahead of; to preoccupy; also, to exclude, hinder, or prevent, by prior occupation, or by measures taken in advance. "An ugly serpent which forestalled their way.""But evermore those damsels did forestall Their furious encounter.""To be forestalled ere we come to fall.""Habit is a forestalled and obstinate judge."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • forestall To buy up, as merchandise, before it has reached the market or before market-hours, and hence by taking advantage of others in any way, with the intention of selling again at an unduly increased price.
    • forestall In law, to obstruct or stop up, as away; intercept on the road.
    • forestall To diminish; deprive by something preceding.
    • forestall To take or bring forth in advance of something or somebody else; hinder by preoccupation or prevention; anticipate; prevent or counteract beforehand.
    • forestall Synonyms To monopolize, engross, preoccupy.
    • n forestall A footboard.
    • n forestall The lookout man who walks before the operator and his victim when a garrote-robbery is to be committed. , verb See garrote
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Forestall fōr-stawl′ to buy up the whole stock of goods before they are brought to market, so as to sell again at higher prices: to anticipate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. forstallen, to stop, to obstruct; to stop (goods) on the way to the market by buying them beforehand, from forstal, obstruction, AS. forsteal, foresteall, prop., a placing one's self before another. See Fore, and Stall


In literature:

And had the return of Menelaus not been delayed, vengeance would have been forestalled by many years.
"Stories from the Odyssey" by H. L. Havell
You see that a part of your information has been forestalled.
"Making His Way" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
Her love, clearer-sighted, had striven to forestall our separation: why should we be parted all those weary weeks?
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 29. August, 1873." by Various
Let me here warn my hearers not to forestall this woman in their judgments.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
Mr. Rickman's earnest and chivalrous endeavour to forestall her caused a rug to slide under his feet.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Marlanx realised that he would have to forestall the wily Grand Duke.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
Bonaparte forestalled their attack.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
She forestalled every assertion I made, herself bubbling and blushing in sheer delight.
"54-40 or Fight" by Emerson Hough
The men of Nazareth would have forestalled his crucifixion by them of Jerusalem.
"Hope of the Gospel" by George MacDonald
He forgot that poverty was only forestalling by a few years the inevitable work of death!
"False Friends, and The Sailor's Resolve" by Unknown

In poetry:

"Boys, get your sheep together; if the heat,
As late it did, forestall us with the milk,
Vainly the dried-up udders shall we wring."
"Eclogue 3: Menalcas Daemoetas Palaemon" by Publius Vergilius Maro
"Boys, get your sheep together; if the heat,
As late it did, forestall us with the milk,
Vainly the dried-up udders shall we wring."
"Eclogue III " by Virgil
God chains the dog till night: wilt loose the chain,
And wake thy sorrow?
Wilt thou forestall it, and now grieve to morrow,
And then again
Grieve over freshly all thy pain?
"The Discharge" by George Herbert
The goddess ended. Merry Momus rose,
With smiles and grins he waggish glances throws,
Then with a noisy laugh forestalls his joke,
Mirth flashes from his eyes while thus he spoke.
"The Fan : A Poem. Book II." by John Gay
Yet should it unfasten itself and fall
Eddying down till it find your face
At some slight wind—-best chance of all!
Be your heart henceforth its dwelling-place
You trembled to forestall!
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
Riddled am I by onslaughts and attacks
I thought I could forestall;
I reared and braced myself to shelter them
Before I heard them call.
I cry them, God, a better shield!
I am about to fall.
"Mater In Extremis" by Jean Starr Untermeyer

In news:

They can identify minor repairs to hangers or gaskets, or make minor welds, to forestall larger repairs.
Beach 'ownership' shouldn't forestall hotel permit process.
Weight-loss surgery helped forestall diabetes.
Decisive Win Can't Forestall A Daunting Task.
To Forestall a 'Digital Pearl Harbor,' US Looks to System Separate From Internet.
Congress sort of put the 2011 budget to bed last Friday with an 11th hour deal that forestalled a federal government shutdown.
In recent election cycles, Republicans have successfully forestalled a debate over income inequality by labeling criticism as "class warfare.".
I don't imagine it will happen in time to forestall our chat, which will be held Thursday at our usual hour -- noon ET, 11 am CT.
Sometimes, assassination can forestall far bloodier conflict.
Former commissioner has different style, but will that forestall player protests.
Addressing Risk Factors Early May Forestall Later Mental Deficits.
Clamps, cables must meet strict testing guidelines to forestall accidents.
Quebec has ended a two-year boycott of talks about a new Canadian Constitution, giving impetus to Government efforts to forestall a breakup of the country later this year.
Consequently, they do not develop strategies to forestall many damaging events.
The only way to forestall a financial problem is to approve another sprawling development.

In science:

Enriching the disk in metals, say by photoevaporation of gas (Throop & Bally 2005, Gorti & Hollenbach 2009, Ercolano et al. 2009) or by radial drifts of particles (Youdin & Shu 2002, hereafter YS), can stop vertical shear turbulence from forestalling GI (Sekiya 1998, YS, Chiang 2008).
Forming Planetesimals in Solar and Extrasolar Nebulae
Aside from postulating large, aerodynamically decoupled particles, another way to prevent the shearing instability from forestalling GI is to substantially raise Zrel .
Forming Planetesimals in Solar and Extrasolar Nebulae
Furthermore, it may be that the explosion energy is set in some way by the envelope binding energy, in which case the lighter progenitors may explode with a lower energy that could be inadequate to forestall fallback.
Towards a Synthesis of Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
To forestall confusion we note that Pn is not a parabolic subgroup, it has codimension 1 in P(n−1,1) and is completely different from P(n) = Gn .
Annihilator varieties, highest derivatives, Whittaker functionals, and rank for unitary representations of GL(n,R)