stall

Stall means to stop or delay. If your car stalls, it comes to a stop. When you want a horse to stop, you put him in a stall, or small enclosure inside a barn.

The word stall implies stopping something that will start again — a horse will leave the stall eventually and start moving, a stalled car can be restarted. Remember that when you're thinking about stall in the sense of postpone or delay. You can stall your professor from giving an exam by talking about last night’s big game. Your little sister can stall going to bed by asking for one more story. If you want to delay an approaching army, you might steal their boots — they'll still come but the "stall tactic" will buy you time.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: stall

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small area set off by walls for special use
put into, or keep in, a stall
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a tactic used to mislead or delay
postpone doing what one should be doing
3
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come to a stop
a malfunction in the flight of an aircraft in which there is a sudden loss of lift that results in a downward plunge
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: stall
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n small area set off by walls for special use

Synonyms:
booth, cubicle, kiosk
Types:
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confessional
a booth where a priest sits to hear confessions
polling booth
a temporary booth in a polling place which people enter to cast their votes
prompt box, prompter's box
a booth projecting above the floor in the front of a stage where the prompter sits; opens toward the performers on stage
shower bath, shower stall
booth for washing yourself, usually in a bathroom
call box, phone booth, telephone booth, telephone box, telephone kiosk
booth for using a telephone
tolbooth, tollbooth, tollhouse
a booth at a tollgate where the toll collector collects tolls
voting booth
a booth in which a person can cast a private vote
Type of:
closet
a small private room for study or prayer

n a compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined and fed

Type of:
compartment
a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area

n a booth where articles are displayed for sale

Synonyms:
sales booth, stand
Types:
coffee stall
a stand (usually movable) selling hot coffee and food (especially at night)
newsstand
a stall where newspapers and other periodicals are sold
Type of:
booth
a small shop at a fair; for selling goods or entertainment

n seating in the forward part of the main level of a theater

Type of:
seating, seating area, seating room, seats
an area that includes places where several people can sit

n small individual study area in a library

Synonyms:
carrel, carrell, cubicle
Type of:
alcove, bay
a small recess opening off a larger room

v put into, or keep in, a stall

Stall the horse”
Type of:
shelter
provide shelter for
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n a tactic used to mislead or delay

Synonyms:
stalling
Types:
stonewalling
stalling or delaying especially by refusing to answer questions or cooperate
Type of:
obstruction
the act of obstructing

v postpone doing what one should be doing

Synonyms:
dilly-dally, dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, procrastinate, shillyshally
Types:
procrastinate
postpone or delay needlessly
Type of:
delay
act later than planned, scheduled, or required

v deliberately delay an event or action

“she doesn't want to write the report, so she is stalling
Type of:
delay, detain, hold up
cause to be slowed down or delayed
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v come to a stop

“The car stalled in the driveway”
Synonyms:
conk
Type of:
halt, stop
come to a halt, stop moving

v cause an engine to stop

“The inexperienced driver kept stalling the car”
Type of:
stop
cause to stop

v cause an airplane to go into a stall

Type of:
stop
cause to stop

v experience a stall in flight, of airplanes

Type of:
halt, stop
come to a halt, stop moving

n 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”
Type of:
malfunction
a failure to function normally
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