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STALL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stall mean? 

STALL (noun)
  The noun STALL has 7 senses:

1. a compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined and fed
2. small area set off by walls for special use
3. a booth where articles are displayed for sale
4. a malfunction in the flight of an aircraft in which there is a sudden loss of lift that results in a downward plunge
5. seating in the forward part of the main level of a theater
6. small individual study area in a library
7. a tactic used to mislead or delay

  Familiarity information: STALL used as a noun is common.


STALL (verb)
  The verb STALL has 7 senses:

1. postpone doing what one should be doing
2. come to a stop
3. deliberately delay an event or action
4. put into, or keep in, a stall
5. experience a stall in flight, of airplanes
6. cause an airplane to go into a stall
7. cause an engine to stop

  Familiarity information: STALL used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


STALL (noun)


Sense 1stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("stall" is a kind of...):

compartment (a partitioned section or separate room within a larger enclosed area)

Holonyms ("stall" is a part of...):

horse barn; stable; stalls (a farm building for housing horses or other livestock)


Sense 2stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Small area set off by walls for special use

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

kiosk; booth; stall; cubicle

Hypernyms ("stall" is a kind of...):

closet (a small private room for study or prayer)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stall"):

voting booth (a booth in which a person can cast a private vote)

tolbooth; tollbooth; tollhouse (a booth at a tollgate where the toll collector collects tolls)

call box; phone booth; telephone booth; telephone box; telephone kiosk (booth for using a telephone)

shower bath; shower stall (booth for washing yourself, usually in a bathroom)

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)

polling booth (a temporary booth in a polling place which people enter to cast their votes)

confessional (a booth where a priest sits to hear confessions)


Sense 3stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A booth where articles are displayed for sale

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

sales booth; stall; stand

Hypernyms ("stall" is a kind of...):

booth (a small shop at a fair; for selling goods or entertainment)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stall"):

coffee stall (a stand (usually movable) selling hot coffee and food (especially at night))

newsstand (a stall where newspapers and other periodicals are sold)


Sense 4stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A malfunction in the flight of an aircraft in which there is a sudden loss of lift that results in a downward plunge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the plane went into a stall and I couldn't control it

Hypernyms ("stall" is a kind of...):

malfunction (a failure to function normally)


Sense 5stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Seating in the forward part of the main level of a theater

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("stall" is a kind of...):

seating; seating area; seating room; seats (an area that includes places where several people can sit)

Domain region:

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)


Sense 6stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Small individual study area in a library

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

carrell; carrel; cubicle; stall

Hypernyms ("stall" is a kind of...):

alcove; bay (a small recess opening off a larger room)

Holonyms ("stall" is a part of...):

depository library; library (a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study)


Sense 7stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tactic used to mislead or delay

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

stalling; stall

Hypernyms ("stall" is a kind of...):

obstruction (the act of obstructing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stall"):

stonewalling (stalling or delaying especially by refusing to answer questions or cooperate)


STALL (verb)


Sense 1stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Postpone doing what one should be doing

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

procrastinate; drag one's heels; drag one's feet; dillydally; dilly-dally; stall; shillyshally

Context example:

He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days

Hypernyms (to "stall" is one way to...):

delay (act later than planned, scheduled, or required)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stall"):

procrastinate (postpone or delay needlessly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

They stall a long time


Sense 2stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come to a stop

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

conk; stall

Context example:

The car stalled in the driveway

Hypernyms (to "stall" is one way to...):

halt; stop (come to a halt, stop moving)

Domain category:

driving (the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deliberately delay an event or action

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

she doesn't want to write the report, so she is stalling

Hypernyms (to "stall" is one way to...):

delay; detain; hold up (cause to be slowed down or delayed)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 4stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put into, or keep in, a stall

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

Stall the horse

Hypernyms (to "stall" is one way to...):

shelter (provide shelter for)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Experience a stall in flight, of airplanes

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "stall" is one way to...):

halt; stop (come to a halt, stop moving)

Domain category:

air; air travel; aviation (travel via aircraft)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 6stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause an airplane to go into a stall

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "stall" is one way to...):

stop (cause to stop)

Domain category:

air; air travel; aviation (travel via aircraft)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7stall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause an engine to stop

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

The inexperienced driver kept stalling the car

Hypernyms (to "stall" is one way to...):

stop (cause to stop)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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