Stall reader
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}, {Still}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. A stable; a place for cattle. [1913 Webster]

At last he found a stall where oxen stood. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. A small apartment or shed in which merchandise is exposed for sale; as, a butcher's stall; a bookstall. [1913 Webster]

4. A bench or table on which small articles of merchandise are exposed for sale. [1913 Webster]

How peddlers' stalls with glittering toys are laid. --Gay. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The dignified clergy, out of humility, have called their thrones by the names of stalls. --Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster]

Loud the monks sang in their stalls. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

6. In the theater, a seat with arms or otherwise partly inclosed, as distinguished from the benches, sofas, etc. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mining) The space left by excavation between pillars. See {Post and stall}, under {Post}. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Cries the stall reader, ``Bless us! what a word on A titlepage is this!'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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