\ 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


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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Brady lives at home with his father, a taciturn denizen of the bars and casino poker stools, and his 15-year-old sister, a vibrant spirit living with Asperger’s syndrome. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘The Rider’ is a Western like no other," 18 May 2018 In a study in Delhi only 25% of providers asked parents whether there was blood or mucus in the child’s stool, a clear symptom of such disease. The Economist, "First things firstThe importance of primary care," 26 Apr. 2018 The three legged stool, national security, border and law enforcement. Fox News, "President Trump to sign proclamation sending National Guard troops to the border," 5 Apr. 2018 If working at the counter or in the sink, children should stand on a stable stool that is about a foot off the ground. The Washington Post,, "How to start teaching your kids to cook: an age-appropriate guide," 12 June 2018 As reporters swarmed some prospects at the NBA Draft Combine, Alize Johnson calmly sat in a stool behind a small round table. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "Missouri State's Alize Johnson faces uphill battle as NBA Draft prospect," 29 May 2018 Since 2006, with a few notable exceptions, thankfully departed, this has been a smart, civil place to pull up a stool, grab a Keystone Light and solve every problem with Cincinnati sports. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Where do you stand on the Cincinnati Reds rebuild?," 30 Apr. 2018 There’s room for about 25 people, with seating in comfy armchairs and couches, plus two bar tables and a few stools., "40 of Cleveland's best small restaurants and bars: 2018 guide," 19 Apr. 2018 The gluten measurements were based on either a stool or urine sample. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Dilemma of the Gluten-Free Diet," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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


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


1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stool


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

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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


\ 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


\ ˈstül \

Medical Definition of stool 

: a discharge of fecal matter

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