stall

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English stall, stalle, from Old English steall (standing place, position), from Proto-Germanic *stallaz, from Proto-Indo-European *stel- (to place, put, post, stand).

Noun[edit]

stall (plural stalls)

  1. (countable) A compartment for a single animal in a stable or cattle shed.
    Synonym: boose
  2. A stable; a place for cattle.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      At last he found a stall where oxen stood.
  3. A bench or table on which small articles of merchandise are exposed for sale.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Gay and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      how peddlers' stalls with glittering toys are laid
  4. (countable) A small open-fronted shop, for example in a market.
  5. A very small room used for a shower or a toilet.
    • 1990, John Updike, Rabbit at Rest
      Rabbit eases from the king-size bed, goes into their bathroom with its rose-colored one-piece Fiberglas tub and shower stall, and urinates into the toilet of a matching rose porcelain.
  6. (countable) A seat in a theatre close to and (about) level with the stage; traditionally, a seat with arms, or otherwise partly enclosed, as distinguished from the benches, sofas, etc.
  7. (aeronautics) Loss of lift due to an airfoil's critical angle of attack being exceeded.
  8. (paganism and Heathenry) An Heathen altar, typically an indoor one, as contrasted with a more substantial outdoor harrow.
    • 1989, Edred Thorsson, A Book of Troth, Llewellyn Publications, →ISBN, page 156:
      In a private rite, a ring is drawn on the ground around a harrow or before an indoor stall.
    • 2006, Selene Silverwind, “Asatruar Tools and Practices”, in Everything you need to know about Paganism[1], David & Charles, →ISBN, page 117:
      Some Asatruar kindreds call their indoor altars stalls and their outdoor altars harrows.
    • 2006, Mark Puryear, The Nature of Asatru: An Overview of the Ideals and Philosophy of the Indigenous Religion of Northern Europe[2], iUniverse, →ISBN, page 237:
      Stalli (STAL-i) - Altar.
  9. A seat in a church, especially one next to the chancel or choir, reserved for church officials and dignitaries.
  10. A church office that entitles the incumbent to the use of a church stall.
    • 1910 [1840], Alexandre Dumas, père, translator not mentioned, Celebrated Crimes: Urbain Grandier, P. F. Collier edition,
      When he had been some months installed there as a priest-in-charge, he received a prebendal stall, thanks to the same patrons, in the collegiate church of Sainte-Croix.
  11. A sheath to protect the finger.
  12. (mining) The space left by excavation between pillars.
  13. (Canada) A parking stall; a space for a vehicle in a parking lot or parkade.
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Verb[edit]

stall (third-person singular simple present stalls, present participle stalling, simple past and past participle stalled)

  1. (transitive) To put (an animal, etc.) in a stall.
    to stall an ox
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      where King Latinus then his oxen stalled
  2. To fatten.
    to stall cattle
  3. (intransitive) To come to a standstill.
  4. (transitive) To cause to stop making progress, to hinder, to slow down, to delay or forestall.
  5. To plunge into mire or snow so as not to be able to get on; to set; to fix.
    to stall a cart
    • (Can we date this quote by E. E. Hale and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      His horses had been stalled in the snow.
  6. (intransitive, of an engine) To stop suddenly.
  7. (transitive, automotive) To cause the engine of a manual-transmission car to stop by going too slowly for the selected gear.
  8. (intransitive, aeronautics) To exceed the critical angle of attack, resulting in total loss of lift.
  9. (obsolete) To live in, or as if in, a stall; to dwell.
  10. (obsolete) To be stuck, as in mire or snow; to stick fast.
  11. (obsolete) To be tired of eating, as cattle.
  12. To place in an office with the customary formalities; to install.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  13. To forestall; to anticipate.
    • (Can we date this quote by Massinger and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      not to be stall'd by my report
  14. To keep close; to keep secret.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English stallen (to abide, dwell, place in a location, stop, come to a standstill), partly from Old French estaler, ultimately from the same origin as Etymology 1 (see above); and partly from Middle English stalle (fixed position, stall).

Noun[edit]

stall (plural stalls)

  1. An action that is intended to cause or actually causes delay.
    His encounters with security, reception, the secretary, and the assistant were all stalls until the general manager's attorney arrived.
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stall (third-person singular simple present stalls, present participle stalling, simple past and past participle stalled)

  1. (transitive) To employ delaying tactics against.
    He stalled the creditors as long as he could.
  2. (intransitive) To employ delaying tactics.
    Soon it became clear that she was stalling to give him time to get away.

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References[edit]

  • stall” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse stallr

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stall m (definite singular stallen, indefinite plural staller, definite plural stallene)

  1. a stable (building where horses are housed)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse stallr

Noun[edit]

stall m (definite singular stallen, indefinite plural stallar, definite plural stallane)

  1. a stable (building where horses are housed)

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Swedish stalder, from Old Norse stallr.

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stall n

  1. stable, building for housing horses
  2. a team in certain sports, in particular racing.
  3. bridge (of a violin etc.)

Declension[edit]

Declension of stall 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative stall stallet stall stallen
Genitive stalls stallets stalls stallens

Descendants[edit]

  • Finnish: talli

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Westrobothnian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse stallr, from Proto-Germanic *stallaz.

Noun[edit]

stall m (definite singular stalln, definite plural stalla)

  1. a stable (building where horses are housed)