Normal school
School School, n. [OE. scole, AS. sc?lu, L. schola, Gr. ? leisure, that in which leisure is employed, disputation, lecture, a school, probably from the same root as ?, the original sense being perhaps, a stopping, a resting. See {Scheme}.] 1. A place for learned intercourse and instruction; an institution for learning; an educational establishment; a place for acquiring knowledge and mental training; as, the school of the prophets. [1913 Webster]

Disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. --Acts xix. 9. [1913 Webster]

2. A place of primary instruction; an establishment for the instruction of children; as, a primary school; a common school; a grammar school. [1913 Webster]

As he sat in the school at his primer. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. A session of an institution of instruction. [1913 Webster]

How now, Sir Hugh! No school to-day? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. One of the seminaries for teaching logic, metaphysics, and theology, which were formed in the Middle Ages, and which were characterized by academical disputations and subtilties of reasoning. [1913 Webster]

At Cambridge the philosophy of Descartes was still dominant in the schools. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

5. The room or hall in English universities where the examinations for degrees and honors are held. [1913 Webster]

6. An assemblage of scholars; those who attend upon instruction in a school of any kind; a body of pupils. [1913 Webster]

What is the great community of Christians, but one of the innumerable schools in the vast plan which God has instituted for the education of various intelligences? --Buckminster. [1913 Webster]

7. The disciples or followers of a teacher; those who hold a common doctrine, or accept the same teachings; a sect or denomination in philosophy, theology, science, medicine, politics, etc. [1913 Webster]

Let no man be less confident in his faith . . . by reason of any difference in the several schools of Christians. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

8. The canons, precepts, or body of opinion or practice, sanctioned by the authority of a particular class or age; as, he was a gentleman of the old school. [1913 Webster]

His face pale but striking, though not handsome after the schools. --A. S. Hardy. [1913 Webster]

9. Figuratively, any means of knowledge or discipline; as, the school of experience. [1913 Webster]

{Boarding school}, {Common school}, {District school}, {Normal school}, etc. See under {Boarding}, {Common}, {District}, etc.

{High school}, a free public school nearest the rank of a college. [U. S.]

{School board}, a corporation established by law in every borough or parish in England, and elected by the burgesses or ratepayers, with the duty of providing public school accommodation for all children in their district.

{School committee}, {School board}, an elected committee of citizens having charge and care of the public schools in any district, town, or city, and responsible for control of the money appropriated for school purposes. [U. S.]

{School days}, the period in which youth are sent to school.

{School district}, a division of a town or city for establishing and conducting schools. [U.S.]

{Sunday school}, or {Sabbath school}, a school held on Sunday for study of the Bible and for religious instruction; the pupils, or the teachers and pupils, of such a school, collectively. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Normal school — Normal Nor mal (n[^o]r mal), a. [L. normalis, fr. norma rule, pattern, carpenter s square; prob. akin to noscere to know; cf. Gr. gnw rimos well known, gnw mwn gnomon, also, carpenter s square: cf. F. normal. See {Known}, and cf. {Abnormal},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • normal school — n. [based on Fr école normale] a school, usually with a two year program, for training high school graduates to be elementary schoolteachers …   English World dictionary

  • Normal school — A historic marker commemorating Florence State Teachers College in the United States, now the University of North Alabama, the oldest state supported teachers college south of the Ohio River. A normal school is a school created to train high… …   Wikipedia

  • normal school — (formerly) a school offering a two year course and certification to high school graduates preparing to be teachers, esp. elementary school teachers. Cf. teachers college. [1825 35] * * * ▪ teacher education also called  teachers college  or… …   Universalium

  • normal school — A teachers college. State Teachers College v Morris, 165 Miss 758, 144 So 374; Normal School Dist. v Painter, 102 Mo 464, 14 SW 938. A school particularly for the education and training of school teachers. 15 Am J2d Colleges § 4. Not a common or… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • normal school — Synonyms and related words: academe, academia, alma mater, college, college of engineering, community college, degree granting institution, four year college, graduate school, institute of technology, ivied halls, journalism school, junior… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • normal school — nor′mal school n. edu a former school giving a two year program to high school graduates preparing to be teachers • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • normal school — noun Etymology: translation of French école normale; from the fact that the first French school so named was intended to serve as a model Date: 1838 a usually 2 year school for training chiefly elementary teachers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • normal school — noun a two year school for training elementary teachers • Syn: ↑teachers college • Hypernyms: ↑junior college …   Useful english dictionary

  • normal school — noun (especially in North America and France) a college for the training of teachers …   English new terms dictionary

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