Definition of stool
1a : a seat usually without back or arms supported by three or four legs or by a central pedestalb : 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 seat used while defecating or urinatingb : a discharge of fecal matter
4a : a stump or group of stumps of a tree especially when producing suckersb : a plant crown from which shoots grow outc : a shoot or growth from a stool
5 : stool pigeon 1
Examples of stool in a Sentence
She sat on a stool.
The patient had bloody stools.
Recent Examples of stool from the Web
That distinction may belong to his friend Marcel Duchamp, who in 1913 mounted a bicycle wheel on top of a stool and called it art.
Included in the data clouds are their full genome sequences; blood, saliva, urine, and stool samples taken every 3 months that measured levels of 643 metabolites and 262 proteins; and physical activity and sleep monitoring.
Refurbished, stained bar stools are tucked under the table’s metal base.
There’s a small wine bar with bottles overhead and high back stools, white brick walls and faux wood tiles on the floor.
Mother teaches child to do circus tricks—stand on a stool, turn in a circle, bow down, each to great, guilt-free applause.
Her children, Tatiana Xu, 12, and Travis Xu, 13, sat on cushy black stools.
In the new study, researchers Eran Elinav, Eran Segal and colleagues analyzed the study participants’ genetic makeup along with the mix of microbes in stool samples from each person.
Now companies worldwide are delving into patients’ stools in search of a better understanding of microbes.
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Origin and Etymology of stool
Middle English, from Old English stōl; akin to Old High German stuol chair, Old Church Slavonic stolŭ seat, throne
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of stool
: to throw out shoots in the manner of a stool
First Known Use of stool
STOOL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stool for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of stool
: a discharge of fecal matter
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