stall

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Noun[change]

Singular
stall

Plural
stalls

  1. (countable) A stall is a small room or area, usually for one person, shop, animal, etc.
    I stepped into a shower stall and turned on the cold water.
    The market stalls in the main towns were filled with fresh fruits and vegetables.
    A very small horse stretches his head over his stall door to see us.
  2. (countable) A stall is when something flying loses lift because it is not moving at a good angle to the air.
    The airplane went into a stall and started dropping.

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Plain form
stall

Third-person singular
stalls

Past tense
stalled

Past participle
stalled

Present participle
stalling

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If something stalls, it stops improving or progressing.
    Talks between Israel and the Palestinians have stalled.
  2. (transitive & intransitive) If an engine or vehicle stalls, it stops working because there is too much load and not enough fuel.
    The truck was stalled in the middle of the street.
  3. (transitive & intransitive) If you stall, you purposefully slow things down or make people wait because you're not ready.
    "Can you tell me again?" she said, stalling for time.

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