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 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

Nearly 150 hackers, and those who might be called hacking enthusiasts, sit on stools and around small tables. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Want to Be A Hacker? Go to Dallas.," 4 Dec. 2018 The new cancer society recommendation does not prioritize screening options, which include stool and blood tests in addition to colonoscopies. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Screening for bowel cancers should start start at 45, group says," 29 May 2018 The café has a traditional diner feel with an open galley-style kitchen centered around a big griddle, behind a counter with just four stools, and blackboards with menu specials overhead. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Try Oprah's favorite pie in Cape Cod," 22 May 2018 What are the symptoms: Look for signs of hepatitis A like fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville could make food workers get a hep A vaccine. But it won't," 2 May 2018 First things first: What are laxatives? Laxatives are a type of medication used to treat constipation by loosening stool or encouraging bowel movements, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Things You Need To Know About Using Laxatives For Weight Loss," 2 Jan. 2019 The two-legged stool—created by bending, welding, and laser-cutting metal—looks weightless, and comes in two colors. Ayodeji Rotinwa, Vogue, "Meet the Nigerian Product Designers Behind a New Brand of Minimalism," 28 Sep. 2018 Rather, retirement planning has been envisioned as a three-legged stool, with Social Security representing one leg and workplace 401(k)s/pensions and personal savings the other two. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Reality check: Social Security will survive, but will it be enough?," 8 July 2018 Symptoms can include stomach pain, nausea, jaundice, dark urine, light stools and fatigue and occur up to seven weeks after a person is first exposed to the virus. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hepatitis outbreaks: 10 things to know about the liver disease," 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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