stool

noun
\ ˈstül How to pronounce stool (audio) \

Definition of stool

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2 : a seat used as a symbol of office or authority also : the rank, dignity, office, or rule of a chieftain
3a : a discharge of fecal matter
b : a seat used while defecating or urinating
4a : 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

verb
stooled; stooling; stools

Definition of stool (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to throw out shoots in the manner of a stool

Examples of stool in a Sentence

Noun She sat on a stool. The patient had bloody stools.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun John inherited the 1967 Montgomery Wards bar and stools from his grandfather. Journal Sentinel Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "4 ways Milwaukeeans are coping with the 'new normal,' from re-creating classic art to movie popcorn to go," 11 May 2020 Travis Medlock, owner of the Little Shop of Ramen, looks over a row of empty stools inside his restaurant in Mariposa, California, on April 29. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Record 20.5 million American jobs lost in April. Unemployment rate soars to 14.7%," 8 May 2020 Similar to the one in The Intern, the other island features a white marble top with a sink, and stools. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Nancy Meyers’s Own Kitchen Belongs in One of Her Rom-Coms," 28 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, researchers in Paris have tracked the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in stool over the course of a month, from March 5th to April 7th. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Poop could be the key to tracking COVID-19 outbreaks," 27 Apr. 2020 Some of the resulting restrictions appear familiar, like a Ketchikan regulation that required an empty stool between restaurant patrons. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "In 1918, Anchorage went into quarantine. Some of what followed might sound familiar.," 27 Apr. 2020 The third leg in Mobile’s travel stool is the cruise industry. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Alabama tourism: Big business knocked down by coronavirus," 23 Apr. 2020 Previous studies, including this one, have warned that the SARS-CoV-2 could be transmitted via stool in infected people. Fox News, "COVID-19 lasts on average of 18 days in really sick patients, new study says," 23 Apr. 2020 The Room 4 Bar has just four stools bellying up to the tiny serving area. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Post-coronavirus, these Arizona travel experiences are at the top of my list. Here's why," 23 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Weird but true: Dogs lower intestinal tract glands produce a clear, jelly-like slime to lubricate the colon and help stool pass more easily. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things Your Dog's Poop Can Tell You About Its Health," 11 July 2018 Weird but true: Dogs lower intestinal tract glands produce a clear, jelly-like slime to lubricate the colon and help stool pass more easily. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things Your Dog's Poop Can Tell You About Its Health," 11 July 2018 It's Coated In Mucus Weird but true: Dogs lower intestinal tract glands produce a clear, jelly-like slime to lubricate the colon and help stool pass more easily. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things Your Dog's Poop Can Tell You About Its Health," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of stool

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stool

Noun

Middle English, from Old English stōl; akin to Old High German stuol chair, Old Church Slavonic stolŭ seat, throne

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The first known use of stool was before the 12th century

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16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stool. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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stool

noun
How to pronounce stool (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stool

: 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

stool

noun
\ ˈstül How to pronounce stool (audio) \

Kids Definition of stool

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

stool

noun
\ ˈstül How to pronounce stool (audio) \

Medical Definition of stool

: a discharge of fecal matter

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