- stallstall1 [stôl]n.[ME stal < OE steall, place, station, stall, stable, akin to OHG stal < IE base * stel-, to place, set up, stiff, stem > STILL1]1.a) Obs. a stableb) a compartment for one animal in a stable2. any of various compartments, booths, separate sections, etc.; specif.,a) a booth, table, or counter, as at a market or fair, at which goods are soldb) a pew or enclosed seat in the main part of a church or in the choirc) a small, enclosed space, as a compartment in which one showers☆ d) any of the spaces marked off, as in a garage, for parking individual automobiles3. Brit.a) an orchestra seat in a theater, esp. one in the front partb) [pl.] ORCHESTRA (sense 3a); also, the people sitting in these seats4. a protective sheath, as of rubber, for a finger or thumb; cot5. the condition of being brought to a stop or standstill, as through some malfunction6. Aeron. a condition in which an improper angle of attack and a lack of airspeed combine to disrupt the airflow around an airfoil enough to result in a loss of lift which forces the aircraft to drop, possibly going out of controlvt., vi.[ME stallen < the n. & < OFr estaler < Gmc, as in OHG stal]1. to put, keep, or be kept in a stall2. to cause to stick fast or to be stuck fast, as in mud3. to bring or be brought to a stop or standstill, esp. unintentionally4. to stop or cause to stop through some malfunction: said of a motor or engine5. Aeron. to put or go into a stallstall2 [stôl]vi.[< stall, decoy, var. of obs. stale, one who lures < Anglo-Fr estale < OFr estaler: see STALL1, vt. vi.]to act or speak evasively or hesitantly so as to deceive or delay [to stall for time]vt.to put off or delay by stalling: usually with off [to stall off creditors]n.any action, device, etc. used to deceive or delay; evasive trick
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.