- a single seat on legs or a pedestal and without arms or a back.
- a short, low support on which to stand, step, kneel, or rest the feet while sitting.
- Horticulture. the stump, base, or root of a plant from which propagative organs are produced, as shoots for layering.
- the base of a plant that annually produces new stems or shoots.
- a cluster of shoots or stems springing up from such a base or from any root, or a single shoot or layer.
- a bird fastened to a pole or perch and used as a decoy.
- an artificial duck or other bird, usually made from wood, used as a decoy by hunters.
- a privy.
- the fecal matter evacuated at each movement of the bowels.
- the sill of a window.
- a bishop's seat considered as symbolic of his authority; see.
- the sacred chair of certain African chiefs, symbolic of their kingship.
- to put forth shoots from the base or root, as a plant; form a stool.
- Slang. to turn informer; serve as a stool pigeon.
- fall between two stools, to fail, through hesitation or indecision, to select either of two alternatives.
Origin of stool
Examples from the Web for stooling
- a backless seat or footrest consisting of a small flat piece of wood, etc, resting on three or four legs, a pedestal, etc
- a rootstock or base of a plant, usually a woody plant, from which shoots, etc, are produced
- a cluster of shoots growing from such a base
- mainly US a decoy used in hunting
- waste matter evacuated from the bowels
- a lavatory seat
- (in W Africa, esp Ghana) a chief's throne
- fall between two stools
- to fail through vacillation between two alternatives
- to be in an unsatisfactory situation through not belonging to either of two categories or groups
- (of a plant) to send up shoots from the base of the stem, rootstock, etc
- to lure wildfowl with a decoy
Word Origin and History for stooling
Old English stol "seat for one person," from Proto-Germanic *stolaz (cf. Old Frisian stol, Old Norse stoll, Old High German stuol, German Stuhl "seat," Gothic stols "high seat, throne"), from PIE *sta-lo-, locative of root *sta- "to stand" (cf. Lithuanian pa-stolas "stand," Old Church Slavonic stolu "stool;" see stet).
Originally used of thrones (cf. cynestol "royal seat, throne"); change of meaning began with adoption of chair from French, which relegated stool to small seats without arms or backs, then "privy" (early 15c.) and thence to "bowel movement" (1530s).
- Evacuated fecal matter.