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Definition of Stall


  1. A covering or sheath, as of leather, horn, of iron, for a finger or thumb; a cot; as, a thumb stall; a finger stall.
  2. A stand; a station; a fixed spot; hence, the stand or place where a horse or an ox kept and fed; the division of a stable, or the compartment, for one horse, ox, or other animal.
  3. A stable; a place for cattle.
  4. A small apartment or shed in which merchandise is exposed for sale; as, a butcher's stall; a bookstall.
  5. A bench or table on which small articles of merchandise are exposed for sale.
  6. 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.
  7. In the theater, a seat with arms or otherwise partly inclosed, as distinguished from the benches, sofas, etc.
  8. The space left by excavation between pillars. See Post and stall, under Post.
  9. To put into a stall or stable; to keep in a stall or stalls; as, to stall an ox.
  10. To fatten; as, to stall cattle.
  11. To place in an office with the customary formalities; to install.
  12. To plunge into mire or snow so as not to be able to get on; to set; to fix; as, to stall a cart.
  13. To forestall; to anticipitate. Having
  14. To keep close; to keep secret.
  15. To live in, or as in, a stall; to dwell.
  16. To kennel, as dogs.
  17. To be set, as in mire or snow; to stick fast.
  18. To be tired of eating, as cattle.

Stall Quotations

All equestrians, if they last long enough, learn that riding in whatever form is a lifelong sport and art, an endeavor that is both familiar and new every time you take the horse out of his stall or pasture.
Jane Smiley

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.

In high school I was an outcast... I wasn't cool to hang out with. I ate my lunch in a bathroom stall because that was the one place I could go where I wouldn't been seen.
Shay Mitchell

A 'farm' today means 100,000 chickens in a space the size of a Motel 6 shower stall.
P. J. O'Rourke

Fame lost its appeal for me when I went into a public restroom and an autograph seeker handed me a pen and paper under the stall door.
Marlo Thomas
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Stall Translations

stall in Dutch is box
stall in German is Stand, Bude
stall in Italian is posizione, stalla
stall in Norwegian is stall
stall in Spanish is cuadra, establo
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