stool

noun
\ˈstül \

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 seat used while defecating or urinating

b : a discharge of fecal matter

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

Enemas are injections of fluid into the rectum to flush out any stool that’s in there. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "What to Know About Anal Sex if You Have a GI Issue," 28 Sep. 2018 Fifteen healthy adults agreed to have their guts and stool probed for preexisting microbes before entering the trial. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Probiotics: If you don’t just poop them out, they may muck up your guts," 8 Sep. 2018 Two stools by Eric Trine, with bright-blue geometric frames, sit in front of the counter. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "9 maximalist interiors that get the style right," 4 Sep. 2018 To confirm a case of salmonellosis, your doctor will likely need a stool or blood sample. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Recognize Salmonella Symptoms If You've Eaten Contaminated Products," 24 July 2018 After two nights at the hospital, my OB-GYN sent me home with stool softeners and a prescription for Percocet for the pain. Frances F. Denny, Harper's BAZAAR, "What People Don’t Tell You About Childbirth: The Realities of Vaginal Tearing," 16 July 2018 At the beginning of May, Chrissy Teigen posted two photos of her 2-year-old daughter Luna, sitting on a small pink stool and strumming a matching pink harp. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Every Celeb Kid Is Strumming On This Quaint Fairytale Instrument, But Why?," 12 July 2018 Users collect a stool sample, which is then tested for blood and any microscopic DNA fragments shed by a tumor or pre-cancerous lesion. Claire Altschuler, chicagotribune.com, "Ditching the doctor? What to know about home health tests before trying them," 27 June 2018 After dinner, wander upstairs to the Kaatskeller’s bar, which channels 1970s rec-room style with a vintage cocktail cabinet, orange Naugahyde bar stools and the sound of Bob Dylan warbling through the air. Elizabeth Dunn, WSJ, "A Stress-Free Summer Weekend in the Catskills," 15 June 2018

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 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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stool

noun

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 \

Kids Definition of stool

1 : a seat without back or arms supported by three or four legs or by a central post

2 : footstool

3 : a mass of bodily waste discharged from the intestine

stool

noun
\ˈstül \

Medical Definition of stool 

: a discharge of fecal matter

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