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 Jacqueline then appears on a stool in a dark studio as black-and-white footage of her own life plays on a screen behind her. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 6 May 2022 There was a pause after the song ended, in which anticipation filled the air and Eilish took a seat on a stool to introduce her guest. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 24 Apr. 2022 The song, featuring Lennon sitting on a stool with a single acoustic guitar accompaniment, was posted on Lennon's Instagram page on his 59th birthday. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2022 Wearing a loose-fitting black suit while sitting on a stool, Billie opened the ballad in hushed tones as FINNEAS played along on the piano behind her and occasionally added backup vocals. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 27 Mar. 2022 Sally took to the kitchen early, where one of her earliest memories was standing on a stool at her mother’s stove, stirring the chocolate pudding. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 13 Mar. 2022 Rock took a stool by Chappelle and remained there for the rest of the performance. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 Seated on a stool with just an acoustic guitar as the sun set over Indio, Johnson noted how the world just might get along better with a little more grace. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 2 May 2022 Similarly, Ballo, designed by Don Chadwick, a co-creator of the Aeron chair, is a stool that encourages (or rather insists on) good posture to keep you upright. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Shonkoff’s center is working on an approach to use children’s saliva as a potential screening tool related to early life stress, while other researchers are focusing on blood, hair, and even stool samples from pregnant women. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Mar. 2022 Siegel wishes more doctors would offer their patients stool tests as an option. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, 12 Nov. 2021 The trial, which started in 2018, measures levels of miRNA found in breast milk, infant saliva and infant stool over 12 months. Tien Nguyen, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 Jack Gilbert, director of the Microbiome Center at the University of Chicago, agrees that the observed change in pH is an interesting observation, and one that fits the current understanding that bifidobacterium lowers stool pH. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, 16 Mar. 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, 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, 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, 13 Apr. 2017 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Stool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stool. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for stool

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
2 : footstool
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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