5. To forestall; to anticipitate. Having This not to be stall'd by my report. (Massinger)
Origin: Cf. Sw. Stalla, Dan. Stalde.
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 dignifird clergy, out of humanility, have called their thrones by the names of stalls. (bp. Warburton) Loud the monks in their stalls. (Longfellow)
7. (Science: chemical) The space left by excavation between pillars. See post and stall, under Post. 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!'
Origin: OE. Stal, AS. Steall, stall, a place, seat, or station, a stable; akin to D. & OHG. Stal, G. & Sw. Stall, stallr, Dan. Stald, originally, a standing place; akin to G. Selle a place, stellen to place, Gr. To set, place, send, and E. Stand. 163. See Stand, and cf. Apostle, Epistle, Forestall, Install, Stale, &, 1st Stalk, Stallion, Still.