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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.
2. A stable; a place for cattle.
At last he found a stall where oxen stood. --Dryden.
3. A small apartment or shed in which merchandise is exposed
for sale; as, a butcher's stall; a bookstall.
4. A bench or table on which small articles of merchandise
are exposed for sale.
How peddlers' stalls with glittering toys are laid.
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.
The dignified clergy, out of humility, have called
their thrones by the names of stalls. --Bp.
Loud the monks sang in their stalls. --Longfellow.
6. In the theater, a seat with arms or otherwise partly
inclosed, as distinguished from the benches, sofas, etc.
7. (Mining) The space left by excavation between pillars. See
Post and stall, under Post.
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.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Stall reader, one who reads books at a stall where they are
exposed for sale.
Cries the stall reader, "Bless us! what a word on
A titlepage is this!" --Milton.
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