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English noun: stall

1. stall (artifact) a compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined and fed

Broader (hypernym)compartment

Part meronymhorse barn, stable, stalls

2. stall (artifact) small area set off by walls for special use

Synonymsbooth, cubicle, kiosk

Broader (hypernym)closet

Narrower (hyponym)call box, confessional, phone booth, polling booth, prompt box, prompter's box, shower bath, shower stall, telephone booth, telephone box, telephone kiosk, tolbooth, tollbooth, tollhouse, voting booth

3. stall (artifact) a booth where articles are displayed for sale

Synonymssales booth, stand

Broader (hypernym)booth

Narrower (hyponym)coffee stall, newsstand

4. stall (event) a malfunction in the flight of an aircraft in which there is a sudden loss of lift that results in a downward plunge

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

Broader (hypernym)malfunction

5. stall (artifact) seating in the forward part of the main level of a theater

Broader (hypernym)seating, seating area, seating room, seats

Domain regionBritain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

6. stall (artifact) small individual study area in a library

Synonymscarrel, carrell, cubicle

Broader (hypernym)alcove, bay

Part meronymdepository library, library

7. stall (act) a tactic used to mislead or delay


Broader (hypernym)obstruction

Narrower (hyponym)stonewalling

English verb: stall

1. stall (stative) postpone doing what one should be doing

SamplesHe did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days.

ExamplesThey stall a long time

Synonymsdilly-dally, dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, procrastinate, shillyshally

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)delay

Narrower (hyponym)procrastinate

2. stall (motion) come to a stop

SamplesThe car stalled in the driveway.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)halt, stop

Domain categorydriving

3. stall (change) deliberately delay an event or action

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

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)delay, detain, hold up

4. stall (social) put into, or keep in, a stall

SamplesStall the horse.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)shelter

5. stall (motion) experience a stall in flight, of airplanes

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)halt, stop

Domain categoryair, air travel, aviation

6. stall (motion) cause an airplane to go into a stall

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)stop

Domain categoryair, air travel, aviation

7. stall (motion) cause an engine to stop

SamplesThe inexperienced driver kept stalling the car.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)stop

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