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 for Stall
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stall \Stall\ (st[add]l), n. [OE. stal, AS. steall, stall, a
     place, seat, or station, a stable; akin to D. & OHG. stal, G.
     & Sw. stall, Icel. stallr, Dan. stald, originally, a standing
     place; akin also to G. stelle a place, stellen to place, Gr.
     ste`llein to set, place, send, and E. stand. [root]163. See
     Stand, and cf. Apostle, Epistle, Forestall,
     Install, Stale, a. & v. i., 1st Stalk, Stallion,
     1. A stand; a station; a fixed spot; hence, the stand or
        place where a horse or an ox is kept and fed; the division
        of a stable, or the compartment, for one horse, ox, or
        other animal. "In an oxes stall." --Chaucer.
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     2. A stable; a place for cattle.
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              At last he found a stall where oxen stood. --Dryden.
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     3. A small apartment or shed in which merchandise is exposed
        for sale; as, a butcher's stall; a bookstall.
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     4. A bench or table on which small articles of merchandise
        are exposed for sale.
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              How peddlers' stalls with glittering toys are laid.
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     5. 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.
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              The dignified clergy, out of humility, have called
              their thrones by the names of stalls. --Bp.
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              Loud the monks sang in their stalls.  --Longfellow.
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     6. In the theater, a seat with arms or otherwise partly
        inclosed, as distinguished from the benches, sofas, etc.
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     7. (Mining) The space left by excavation between pillars. See
        Post and stall, under Post.
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     8. A covering or sheath, as of leather, horn, of iron, for a
        finger or thumb; a cot; as, a thumb stall; a finger stall.
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     Stall reader, one who reads books at a stall where they are
        exposed for sale.
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              Cries the stall reader, "Bless us! what a word on
              A titlepage is this!"                 --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stall \Stall\, v. i. [AS. steallian to have room. See Stall,
     1. To live in, or as in, a stall; to dwell. [Obs.]
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              We could not stall together
              In the whole world.                   --Shak.
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     2. To kennel, as dogs. --Johnson.
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     3. To be set, as in mire or snow; to stick fast.
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     4. To be tired of eating, as cattle. [Prov. Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stall \Stall\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stalled (st[add]ld); p. pr.
     & vb. n. Stalling.] [Cf. Sw. stalla, Dan. stalde.]
     1. To put into a stall or stable; to keep in a stall or
        stalls; as, to stall an ox.
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              Where King Latinus then his oxen stalled. --Dryden.
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     2. To fatten; as, to stall cattle. [Prov. Eng.]
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     3. To place in an office with the customary formalities; to
        install. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     4. To plunge into mire or snow so as not to be able to get
        on; to set; to fix; as, to stall a cart. --Burton.
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              His horses had been stalled in the snow. --E. E.
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     5. To forestall; to anticipate. [Obs.]
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              This is not to be stall'd by my report. --Massinger.
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     6. To keep close; to keep secret. [Obs.]
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              Stall this in your bosom.             --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined
           and fed
      2: small area set off by walls for special use [syn: booth,
         cubicle, stall, kiosk]
      3: a booth where articles are displayed for sale [syn: stall,
         stand, sales booth]
      4: 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"
      5: seating in the forward part of the main level of a theater
      6: small individual study area in a library [syn: carrel,
         carrell, cubicle, stall]
      7: a tactic used to mislead or delay [syn: stall, stalling]
      v 1: postpone doing what one should be doing; "He did not want
           to write the letter and procrastinated for days" [syn:
           procrastinate, stall, drag one's feet, drag one's
           heels, shillyshally, dilly-dally, dillydally]
      2: come to a stop; "The car stalled in the driveway" [syn:
         stall, conk]
      3: deliberately delay an event or action; "she doesn't want to
         write the report, so she is stalling"
      4: put into, or keep in, a stall; "Stall the horse"
      5: experience a stall in flight, of airplanes
      6: cause an airplane to go into a stall
      7: cause an engine to stop; "The inexperienced driver kept
         stalling the car"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  212 Moby Thesaurus words for "stall":
     Fabian policy, Micawberism, Nissen hut, Quonset hut, acrobatics,
     aerobatics, alcove, amen corner, anxious bench, anxious seat, area,
     arrest, artifice, auditorium, backwardness, balcony, banking, barn,
     be dilatory, block, booth, box, box seat, brake, bring to,
     bring up, bring up short, byre, cavity, cease fire, cell, cellule,
     chamber, chandelle, check, checkmate, cloy, come up short,
     compartment, conk out, coop, corral, cote, counter, cowbarn,
     cowbyre, cowhouse, cowshed, crabbing, crib, crypt, cubicle,
     cut short, dally, dam, dawdle, deadlock, delay, die, dilatoriness,
     dither, dive, diving, draw rein, draw up, dress circle,
     enclosed space, enclosure, equivocate, fail, fauteuil, fetch up,
     filibuster, fill, fishtailing, flame out, fold, foot-dragging,
     freeze, gain time, gallery, gatehouse, glide, glut, go dead, gorge,
     halt, hang, hang back, hang fire, haver, hedge, hedging, hesitate,
     hesitation, hold, hold off, hold-off, hole, hollow, hut, hutch,
     interrupt, jade, kiosk, laxness, lean-to, linger, loge, loiter,
     lose power, make time, manger, mews, move, mugwump, news kiosk,
     newsstand, nigger heaven, nose dive, obstructionism, orchestra,
     orchestra circle, outbuilding, outhouse, pall, paradise, parquet,
     parquet circle, parterre, pavilion, peanut gallery, pen,
     penitent form, pew, pit, play for time, power dive, pretext,
     prevaricate, procrastinate, procrastinating, procrastination,
     proscenium boxes, pull up, pull-up, pullout, pushdown, put off,
     put paid to, quarters, quit, remissness, rolling, ruse, sate,
     section, sedilia, sentry box, shack, shanty, shed, shut down,
     sideslip, slackness, slot, slow down, slowness, space, spiral,
     sputter and stop, stable, stalemate, stall for time, stall off,
     stand, stand off, standing room, stay, stem, stem the tide, stick,
     stodge, stonewall, stonewalling, stooge around, stop, stop cold,
     stop dead, stop short, stratagem, stunting, sty, stymie,
     subterfuge, surfeit, suspend, table, tactical maneuvers,
     talk against time, temporization, temporize, theatre stall,
     tollbooth, tollhouse, trick, vacillate, vault, volplane,
     waste time, wile, zoom

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