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

Houzz Shop the Home & Garden event and save up to 75% on everything from outdoor furniture, rugs, and planters to living room staples and lighting and bar stools. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "The best deals and sales you can shop this week," 8 July 2019 Amid the walkers and shower stools and adult diapers, the compression socks had half an aisle to themselves. Andrea Denhoed, The New Yorker, "A Word of Thanks for My Compression Socks," 2 July 2019 The little pizzeria has just a couple of stools inside and tables on an outdoor patio. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "In the Italian neighborhood of Nonantum in Newton, a little pizzeria is making great pies," 1 July 2019 Tables and chairs aren’t part of the plan, although the shop might contain a snack bar with stools. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Peace Love & Little Donuts to open store in Crossroads Market Plaza in Strongsville," 24 June 2019 The statement added that the fecal matter used in the two patients originated from stool that came from the same donor. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Patient Dies After Fecal Transplant, the FDA Warns," 14 June 2019 The idea behind the transplants is to use stool from a healthy donor to restore the normal balance of bacteria and other organisms in the intestine, the microbiome. Denise Grady, New York Times, "Fecal Transplant Is Linked to a Patient’s Death, the F.D.A. Warns," 13 June 2019 In one corner, by a window, where at any other San Francisco restaurant a rent-generating table would be, is essentially storage: cases of Sapporo topped by an upturned stool and dusty space heater. Rachel Levin, SFChronicle.com, "At Tekka, they found owners who offered an old-school haven in a changing city," 10 June 2019 Bursts of color from the blue-purple-orange-green bar stools and a pale green cement floor. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Three Floyds launches distillery with the iconic brewery's same 'it's not normal' point of view," 6 June 2019

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 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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