stall

/ˈstɑːl/

  • Noun
  • a small open counter or partially enclosed structure where things are displayed for sale
    1. food stalls
    2. a souvenir stall
    3. a market stall
    4. She set up a stall selling jewelry in the marketplace.
  • an enclosed area in a building where a farm animal (such as a horse or cow) is kept
    1. She cleaned the horses' stalls.
  • a seat in a church that is wholly or partly enclosed
    1. choir stalls
  • a small, enclosed area with room for one person in a bathroom
    1. shower stalls
  • a small, enclosed area with a toilet
    1. All the (bathroom) stalls were occupied.
  • the seats on the main level of a theater in front of the stage
    1. Our tickets are for seats in the stalls. [=(US) the orchestra]
  • Verb
  • to stop suddenly because of a problem
    1. The engine suddenly stalled.
    2. Stopping too quickly can stall the engine.
  • to stop flying suddenly and begin to fall because the wings cannot produce enough lift
    1. The airspeed got very low and the plane nearly stalled.
    2. The pilot almost stalled the airplane.
  • to put or keep (an animal) in a stall
    1. They stalled the horses for the night.
  • Noun
  • a situation in which an engine suddenly stops or an airplane suddenly stops flying
    1. an engine stall
    2. The airplane went into a stall.
  • Verb
  • to avoid doing something or to delay someone in a deliberate way because you need more time, do not want to do something, etc.
    1. Please stop stalling and answer the question.
    2. Try to stall them until I get the place cleaned up.
  • to stop progressing or developing
    1. The economic recovery has stalled.
    2. His career has stalled in recent years.
    3. Budget problems have stalled the project.