noun \ˈstül\

: a seat that fits one person and that has no back or arms

: a piece of furniture that supports the feet of a person who is sitting

medical : a piece of solid waste that is released from the body

Full Definition of STOOL

a :  a seat usually without back or arms supported by three or four legs or by a central pedestal
b :  a low bench or portable support for the feet or knees :  footstool
:  a seat used as a symbol of office or authority; also :  the rank, dignity, office, or rule of a chieftain
a :  a seat used while defecating or urinating
b :  a discharge of fecal matter
a :  a stump or group of stumps of a tree especially when producing suckers
b :  a plant crown from which shoots grow out
c :  a shoot or growth from a stool
:  stool pigeon 1

Examples of STOOL

  1. She sat on a stool.
  2. The patient had bloody stools.

Origin of STOOL

Middle English, from Old English stōl; akin to Old High German stuol chair, Old Church Slavic stolŭ seat, throne
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms

appoint, credenza, mission, settee


intransitive verb

Definition of STOOL

:  to throw out shoots in the manner of a stool

First Known Use of STOOL


Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem
STOOL Defined for Kids


noun \ˈstül\

Definition of STOOL for Kids

:  a seat without back or arms supported by three or four legs or by a central post
:  footstool
:  a mass of bodily waste discharged from the intestine
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈstül\

Medical Definition of STOOL

:  a discharge of fecal matter
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