I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English stōl; akin to Old High German stuol chair, Old Church Slavic stolŭ seat, throne Date: before 12th century 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 II. intransitive verb Date: 1770 to throw out shoots in the manner of a stool

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(without a back) / (from the bowels),

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  • Stool — Stool, n. [AS. st[=o]l a seat; akin to OFries. & OS. st[=o]l, D. stoel, G. stuhl, OHG. stuol, Icel. st[=o]ll, Sw. & Dan. stol, Goth. st[=o]ls, Lith. stalas a table, Russ. stol ; from the root of E. stand. [root]163. See {Stand}, and cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stool — [ stul ] noun count * 1. ) a seat that has legs but no support for your back or arms: a bar/piano stool 2. ) TECHNICAL a piece of solid waste from someone s body: stool samples …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stool — (n.) O.E. stol seat for one person, from P.Gmc. *stolaz (Cf. O.Fris. stol, O.N. stoll, O.H.G. stuol, Ger. Stuhl seat, Goth. stols high seat, throne ), from PIE *sta lo , locative of root *sta to stand (Cf. Lith …   Etymology dictionary

  • stool — [sto͞ol] n. [ME < OE stol, akin to Ger stuhl < IE * stal (> OSlav stolū, throne, seat) < base * sta , to STAND] 1. a) a single seat having three or four legs and no back or arms b) FOOTSTOOL 2. the inside ledge at the bottom of a… …   English World dictionary

  • Stool — Stool, n. [L. stolo. See {Stolon}.] (Hort.) A plant from which layers are propagated by bending its branches into the soil. P. Henderson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stool — Stool, v. i. (Agric.) To ramfy; to tiller, as grain; to shoot out suckers. R. D. Blackmore. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stool — [stu:l] n [: Old English; Origin: stol] 1.) a seat that has three or four legs, but no back or arms ▪ a bar stool 2.) medical a piece of solid waste from your ↑bowels …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stool — ► NOUN 1) a seat without a back or arms. 2) chiefly Medicine a piece of faeces. 3) a root or stump of a tree or plant from which shoots spring. 4) US a decoy bird in hunting. ● fall between two stools Cf. ↑fall between two stools …   English terms dictionary

  • stool — bar·stool; birth·stool; bishop·stool; close·stool; cuck·stool; de·stool; en·stool; fald·stool; frith·stool; stool; stool·ie; stool·ing; de·stool·ment; …   English syllables

  • stool — stoollike, adj. /stoohl/, n. 1. a single seat on legs or a pedestal and without arms or a back. 2. a short, low support on which to stand, step, kneel, or rest the feet while sitting. 3. Hort. the stump, base, or root of a plant from which… …   Universalium

  • stool — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. cricket, hassock; seat; footrest, footstool; priedieu, kneeling stool; piano stool, milking stool, ducking stool. See support. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. seat, footstool, footrest, ottoman, hassock; see… …   English dictionary for students

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