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stool

noun \ ˈstül \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of stool

1 a : 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
3 a : a seat used while defecating or urinating
b : a discharge of fecal matter
4 a : 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
5 : stool pigeon 1

Examples of stool in a Sentence

  1. She sat on a stool.

  2. The patient had bloody stools.

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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

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stool

verb

Definition of stool

intransitive verb
: to throw out shoots in the manner of a stool

First Known Use of stool

1770


STOOL Defined for English Language Learners

stool

noun

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

stool

noun \ ˈstül \

Definition of stool for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

stool

noun \ ˈstül \

medical Definition of stool

: a discharge of fecal matter


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