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

The governor was in good spirits, hunched over a glass of Coke, with his right sleeve rolled up and his cowboy boots planted on the base of his stool. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "Democratic Debate Night with Steve Bullock, the Last Governor in the Presidential Race," 13 Sep. 2019 Before the second seating at 8 p.m., a server rearranges bar stools, measuring the distance between them with a single chopstick. Fortune, "Philadelphia’s Swank New Omakase Restaurant Is Elevated in Every Aspect," 8 Sep. 2019 Acrylic bar stools provide casual seating without taking up visual space. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Combining properties turns a Mission Hill brownstone into one family’s dream home," 5 Sep. 2019 Foster exploded off his stool, and 97 seconds later, the referee waved off the contest and Foster had his hand raised for the 18th time in as many professional fights. Jonah Dylan, courant.com, "New Haven boxer Charles Foster taking next step with fight against Denis Grachev," 16 Aug. 2019 The man somehow remained upright and on his stool, and McGregor was quickly dragged away. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Conor McGregor appears to punch a man at a pub in newly surfaced video," 15 Aug. 2019 Changes and improvements to flow have consistently been made since February, Buford says, such as adding bar stools and upgrading outdoor misters. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Arizona Wilderness will drop 7 limited release beers on Labor Day weekend. Here's the list," 30 Aug. 2019 The dining room set, the bar in the living room, some lamps, the bar stools at the island, and a desk in the office. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This 2,750-square-foot condo overlooking Lake Michigan was a downsize, but still has plenty of room for Picasso and other artworks," 15 Aug. 2019 The front row of the Mixtape Tour is a literal bar, complete with stools and a phalanx of contest winners (and presumable havers of $2,500), whose drinks and persons are draped across the guys’ feet for most of the show. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "I’ll Be Loving You Forever," 14 Aug. 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 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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