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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

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.

My uncle was the first brown person to have a market stall on Petticoat Lane in the 1960s. He worked his way up from the street. He was homeless, but eventually he got a car so he could sell from the boot. And by the 1980s, he was a millionaire wholesaling to companies like Topshop. So in a way, fashion put me in England.

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

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

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
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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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