stall Definition

  • 1a stand, booth, or compartment for the sale of goods in a market or large covered area
  • 2a small seat without a back, for one person
  • 3to cause to stop making progress; bring to a halt

Using stall: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "stall" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I bought some fresh vegetables from the market stall.

  • Example

    The bathroom stall was occupied.

  • Example

    The car stalled on the highway.

  • Example

    The negotiations have stalled due to disagreements.

stall Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for stall

Antonyms for stall

Phrases with stall

  • to delay or use up time in order to gain an advantage or avoid having to deal with something immediately


    He asked for a break to stall for time and think about his answer.

  • the minimum speed at which an aircraft can maintain level flight


    The pilot lowered the flaps to reduce the stall speed.

  • a strategy used to delay or obstruct progress in a process or discussion


    The opposition party used a stall tactic to prevent the bill from being passed.

Origins of stall

from Old English 'steall', meaning 'place'


Summary: stall in Brief

The term 'stall' [stɔːl] refers to a stand or booth for selling goods, a small seat without a back, or causing something to stop making progress. Examples include 'I bought some fresh vegetables from the market stall.' and 'The car stalled on the highway.' Phrases like 'stall for time' denote delaying tactics, while 'stall speed' refers to the minimum speed for an aircraft to maintain level flight.

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