Stall - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |stɔːl|  American pronunciation of the word stall
Brit.  |stɔːl|  British pronunciation of the word stall


- a compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined and fed
- small area set off by walls for special use (syn: booth, cubicle, kiosk)
- a booth where articles are displayed for sale (syn: stand)
- 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
- seating in the forward part of the main level of a theater
- small individual study area in a library (syn: carrel, carrell, cubicle)
- a tactic used to mislead or delay


- postpone doing what one should be doing (syn: dilly-dally, procrastinate, shillyshally)
- come to a stop (syn: conk)
The car stalled in the driveway
- deliberately delay an event or action
she doesn't want to write the report, so she is stalling
- put into, or keep in, a stall
- experience a stall in flight, of airplanes
- cause an airplane to go into a stall
- cause an engine to stop
The inexperienced driver kept stalling the car

Extra examples

The boxes were empty, and only a few of the orchestra stalls were taken.

He panicked when the car stalled.

His career stalled.

Legal battles have stalled the project.

They are still stalling on a deal.

I'll try and stall them to give you time to get clear.

The car kept stalling.

An inexperienced pilot may easily stall a plane.

Quit stalling and answer my question!

He was just stalling for time.

Maybe we can stall the sale until the prices go up.

We've got to stall him somehow.

The peace process remained stalled.

While his career has stalled, hers has taken off.

Her car was in its stall in the subterranean garage. (C. Weston)

Word forms

I/you/we/they: stall
he/she/it: stalls
present participle: stalling
past tense: stalled
past participle: stalled
singular: stall
plural: stalls
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