stall


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stall

a small compartment to house one animal, usually a horse, cow or pig. Calves may also be housed in stalls for reasons of hygiene or in veal fattening units. A stall is usually just large enough for an animal to stand and lie in but insufficient to turn around in; in fact they may be designed specifically so that the animal cannot turn around. There may be a chain across the back, which is always open, or the animal is tied in with a neck chain or a headstall. In open access housing in modern cow barns no attempt is made to keep the cows in their stalls. See also box (2).

stall bed
the floor of a stall. Most commonly concrete covered with straw, sawdust or other bedding but earth floors or sand on concrete are probably more comfortable for cows. Pigs manage all right on concrete without bedding.
stall fed
cattle confined and fed in individual stalls. Contrast with pen-fed or lot-fed.
stall kicking
a vice in horses which are kept in stalls for too long without exercise.
stall-related injury
injuries incurred by being restrained in stalls, e.g. teat treads, broken tail.
References in classic literature ?
Just then a horse's head looked over from the stall beyond; the ears were laid back, and the eye looked rather ill-tempered.
Stephen moved step by step as if he were being unwillingly dragged, until he had got round the open end of the stall, and was half hidden by a screen of draperies.
Meanwhile, Maggie sat at her stall cold and trembling, with that painful sensation in the eyes which comes from resolutely repressed tears.
My friends amused themselves with looking for familiar faces in the boxes and stalls.
I looked first at the pe rsons who occupied the front row of seats in the gallery stalls.
They took the two end stalls, Trent on the outside.
If I am not mistaken, sir,' Mr Wegg delicately hinted, resting a hand on his stall, and bending over the discursive Boffin, 'you alluded to some offer or another that was in your mind?
Left alone at his stall as the other ambled off, Mr Wegg subsided into his screen, produced a small pocket-handkerchief of a penitentially-scrubbing character, and took himself by the nose with a thoughtful aspect.
In the orchestra stalls, the drugget covering them looked like an angry sea, whose glaucous waves had been suddenly rendered stationary by a secret order from the storm phantom, who, as everybody knows, is called Adamastor.
In Box Five on the pit tier, which is just inside the first exit from the stalls on the left, they found nothing worth mentioning either.
The music sounded louder and through the door rows of brightly lit boxes in which ladies sat with bare arms and shoulders, and noisy stalls brilliant with uniforms, glittered before their eyes.
she told herself, and began looking at the faces, some strange and some familiar, in the stalls.