• The Stag in the Ox Stall
    The Stag in the Ox Stall
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stall deliberately delay an event or action "she doesn't want to write the report, so she is stalling"
    • v stall come to a stop "The car stalled in the driveway"
    • v stall cause an engine to stop "The inexperienced driver kept stalling the car"
    • v stall cause an airplane to go into a stall
    • v stall experience a stall in flight, of airplanes
    • v stall put into, or keep in, a stall "Stall the horse"
    • v stall postpone doing what one should be doing "He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days"
    • n stall a tactic used to mislead or delay
    • n stall small area set off by walls for special use
    • n stall small individual study area in a library
    • n stall a booth where articles are displayed for sale
    • n stall a compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined and fed
    • n stall seating in the forward part of the main level of a theater
    • n stall a malfunction in the flight of an aircraft in which there is a sudden loss of lift that results in a downward plunge "the plane went into a stall and I couldn't control it"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Flower Stall On A Flower Stall On
At the flower stall At the flower stall
Two men at a fruit stall Two men at a fruit stall
Stones Being Prepared for a Great Building Copyrighted 1911 by Sylvanus Stall Stones Being Prepared for a Great Building Copyrighted 1911 by Sylvanus Stall
The Dogs of St. Bernard Copyrighted 1911 by Sylvanus Stall The Dogs of St. Bernard Copyrighted 1911 by Sylvanus Stall

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first toilet stall in a public washroom is the least likely to be used. It is also the cleanest
    • Stall A bench or table on which small articles of merchandise are exposed for sale. "How peddlers' stalls with glittering toys are laid."
    • Stall A covering or sheath, as of leather, horn, of iron, for a finger or thumb; a cot; as, a thumb stall; a finger stall . "Cries the stall reader , “Bless us! what a word on
      A titlepage is this!”"
    • Stall A seat in the choir of a church, for one of the officiating clergy. It is inclosed, either wholly or partially, at the back and sides. The stalls are frequently very rich, with canopies and elaborate carving. "The dignified clergy, out of humility, have called their thrones by the names of stalls .""Loud the monks sang in their stalls ."
    • Stall A small apartment or shed in which merchandise is exposed for sale; as, a butcher's stall; a bookstall .
    • Stall A stable; a place for cattle. "At last he found a stall where oxen stood."
    • Stall A stand; a station; a fixed spot; hence, the stand or place where a horse or an ox is kept and fed; the division of a stable, or the compartment, for one horse, ox, or other animal. "In an oxes stall ."
    • Stall In the theater, a seat with arms or otherwise partly inclosed, as distinguished from the benches, sofas, etc.
    • Stall (Mining) The space left by excavation between pillars. See Post and stall, under Post.
    • Stall To be set, as in mire or snow; to stick fast.
    • Stall To be tired of eating, as cattle.
    • Stall To fatten; as, to stall cattle.
    • Stall To forestall; to anticipate. "This is not to be stall'd by my report."
    • Stall To keep close; to keep secret. "Stall this in your bosom."
    • Stall To kennel, as dogs.
    • Stall To live in, or as in, a stall; to dwell. "We could not stall together
      In the whole world."
    • Stall To place in an office with the customary formalities; to install.
    • Stall To plunge into mire or snow so as not to be able to get on; to set; to fix; as, to stall a cart. "His horses had been stalled in the snow."
    • Stall To put into a stall or stable; to keep in a stall or stalls; as, to stall an ox. "Where King Latinus then his oxen stalled ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dutch engineers have developed a computerized machine that allows a cow to milk itself. Each cow in the herd has a computer chip in its collar. If the computer senses that the cow has not been milked in a given period of time, the milk-laden animal is allowed to enter the stall. The robot sensors locate the teats, apply the vacuum devices, and the cow is milked. The machine costs a mere $250,000 and is said to boost milk production by 15%.
    • n stall A standing-place; station; position; place; room.
    • n stall A standing-place for horses or cattle; a stable or cattle-shed; also, a division of a stable, cow-house, or cattle-shed, for the accommodation of one horse or ox; the stand or place in a stable where a horse or an ox is kept and fed: as, the stable contains eight stalls.
    • n stall A booth, either in the open air or in a building, in which merchandise is exposed for sale, or in which some business or occupation is carried on: as, a butcher's stall.
    • n stall A bench or table on which things are exposed for sale: as, a book-stall.
    • n stall A seat or throne; a bench.
    • n stall One of a range of fixed seats inclosed either wholly or in part at the back and sides, in the choir or chancel of a cathedral or church, and often surmounted by a richly sculptured canopy (see cut in preceding column): mostly appropriated for the clergy: as, a canon's stall; a dean's stall; hence, the position or dignity of canon.
    • n stall In a theater, originally, a seat separated from others by arms or rails; now, usually, one of the seats in the front division of the parquet (sometimes called orchestra stalls); but the application of the term is variable.
    • n stall In metallurgy, a chamber or compartment in which ores are roasted. See roast-stall.
    • n stall A working-place in a coal-mine, varying in size and shape according to the system adopted. Also called chamber, room, breast, etc.
    • stall To place; set; fix; install.
    • stall To place in an office with the customary formalities; induct into office; install.
    • stall To put into or keep in a stall or stable: as, to stall a horse.
    • stall To set fast in the mire; cause to stick in the mud; mire: as, to stall horses or a carriage.
    • stall To corner; bring to bay; secure.
    • stall To forestall.
    • stall To fatten; fatten with stall-feeding.
    • stall To postpone the payment of; forbear to claim payment for a time; allow to be paid by instalments.
    • stall To come to a stand; take up a position.
    • stall To live as in a stall; dwell; inhabit.
    • stall To stick or be set fast in the mire.
    • stall To kennel, as dogs.
    • stall To be tired of eating, as cattle.
    • n stall An ambush.
    • n stall A stale; a stalking-horse; cover; mark; pretext.
    • n stall A stool-pigeon; a thief's (especially a pickpocket's) assistant, whose rôle it is to divert the attention of the victim while the thief operates, to conceal the crime, assist the escape of the thief, make off with the booty, or perform similar offices. He is called fore-stall or back-stall according to his position before or behind the victim.
    • n stall Same as cot, 4.See also finger-stall.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stall a thief's assistant
    • n Stall stawl a place where a horse or other animal stands and is fed: a division of a stable for a single animal: a stable: a bench or table on which articles are exposed for sale: one of the seats in churches reserved for the clergy and choir, usually lining the choir or chancel on both sides, also an office entitling one to such a seat, or its stipend: a reserved seat in a theatre, usually one of those in the front division of the parquet—orchestra stalls
    • v.t Stall to put or keep in a stall
    • v.i Stall to inhabit
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  • Bertolt Brecht
    “A man who strains himself on the stage is bound, if he is any good, to strain all the people sitting in the stalls.”
  • Jean Paul Richter
    “Whenever, at a party, I have been in the mood to study fools, I have always looked for a great beauty: they always gather round her like flies around a fruit stall.”
  • Edmond and Jules De Goncourt
    “I feel sure that coups d'?tat would go much better if there were seats, boxes, and stalls so that one could see what was happening and not miss anything.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stal, AS. steall, stall, a place, seat, or station, a stable; akin to D. & OHG. stal, G. & Sw. stall, Icel. stallr, Dan. stald, originally, a standing place; akin also to G. stelle, a place, stellen, to place, Gr. ste`llein to set, place, send, and E. stand,. √163. See Stand, and cf. Apostle Epistle Forestall Install Stale (a.) & (v. i.), 1st Stalk Stallion Still


In literature:

There were four gentlemen standing behind the long counter in brazen stalls.
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
The stalled auto was on the main-traveled road, however, and there was a chance of somebody coming along.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
Shops and stalls blaze and roar with endeavour.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
Miss Sakers was to have a stall at the bazaar in aid of the new church.
"Eliza" by Barry Pain
Like to go up to her in the stall?
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Tip-Top went to the stable, placed his saddle in an empty stall, and sat on it.
"Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country" by Joel Chandler Harris
Her husband took his horse round and stalled him.
"The Lowest Rung" by Mary Cholmondeley
Each horse was in a stall of its own, and under each was straw as yellow as Johnnie's own hair.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
One truck was stalled at the swing-up truck doors.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
I didn't change into first speed quickly enough and stalled, or stopped my engine.
"The Curlytops and Their Playmates" by Howard R. Garis

In poetry:

The man who was lord of fate,
Born in an ox's stall,
Was great because he was much too great
To care about greatness at all.
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
Some dainty, from his stall bestow'd,
So made the beast his friend;
'Twas joy to see, at this abode,
His blythe proboscis bend.
"The Elephant" by William Hayley
It keeps the bright-eyed creatures
That play about its walls,
Though long ago its milking herds
Were banished from their stalls.
"The Deserted Pasture" by Bliss William Carman
The wondrous star that beams on all
From out the fields of heaven--
May it not be that in the stall
The Christ is born this even?
"The House In The Heath" by Annette Von Droste-Hulshoff
The light of truth, the dew of grace,
He giveth to a world of sin;
And to his name we give this place,
That once a mangered stall hath been.
"Hymns For Dedication IX" by John Pierpont
GUY saw her, and loved her, with reason,
For beauty so bright
Sent him mad with delight;
He purchased a stall for the season,
And sat in it every night.
"Sir Guy the Crusader" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Disney's Pleasure Island makeover stalls.
Walt Disney World's slow-moving makeover of Pleasure Island has stalled again.
Many owners claimed the systems could stall in dangerous situations.
Never rapid, Raúl Castro's reforms seem to be stalling.
After the Hollywood legend stalls in his naming of supporting actress, the winner bounds on stage and gets bleeped.
Jack London Square Market Remains Stalled.
Company says contract negotiations stalled.
A bill to raise the minimum age to 13, unless children are working on their family farm, has stalled in the Legislature.
A traffic warden and another man push a stalled commercial bus to more.
Market stalled below major resistance after week of lateral action.
Rising truck shipments show the US economic expansion is intact, even amid concerns that a slowdown in retail sales and Europe's sovereign-debt crisis could stall growth.
Funding may stall litany of projects.
RTA bills may face summer stall in Legislature.
The US Senate needs to tighten the filibuster's rules, which is too often abused to completely stall the business of the Senate.
As long as one doesn't stall over the stadium, it shouldn't be too bad out there.

In science:

Because heating occurs predominantly behind a shock stalled at finite radius (Rs ), there may not be enough matter or volume exterior to the gain radius that satisfies the coronal condition and the mantle will not explode.
Towards a Synthesis of Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
The bounce shock must stall, as all the best hydrodynamic models imply, leaving the delayed mechanism by default.
Towards a Synthesis of Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
This does not mean that the mass loss will necessarily stall at a larger radius.
Radiation driven winds from luminous accretion disks
Here the flow will temporarily slow down (or possibly even stall).
Signatures of Quark-Gluon-Plasma formation in high energy heavy-ion collisions: A critical review
Therefore, depending on the magnitude of the field, magnetic tension can in principle considerably decelerate the flow, so that it will eventually stall before break-out.
The dynamical signature of the ISM in soft X-rays -- I. Diffuse soft X-rays from galaxies