verb (used without object)
Origin of stool
Examples from the Web for stool
He noticed her in the crowd while he was sitting on his stool between rounds.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Furthermore, a person with norovirus has about 70 billion viral particles per gram of stool.A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned|Kent Sepkowitz|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I try to catch the eye of this third boy, but he plops down onto a stool and avoids my gaze.
Long wisps fall across her forehead as she sits very straight on her stool, her narrow shoulder blades drawn back elegantly.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town|E. Jean Carroll|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Everman had his last drink and left for the night when a friend grabbed me by the arm, yanking me off my stool.He Left Nirvana Because He Had Cooler Things to Do. Like Going to Iraq.|Jacob Siegel|April 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"'Cause if I lean back against the cushion my feet won't touch the stool," she said.Daisy's Work|Joanna H. (Joanna Hooe) Mathews
For answer Ned pointed to the empty bed, and to the stool, on which Frank usually placed his clothes.Frank Roscoe's Secret|Allen Chapman
The man lowered himself stiffly on the edge of a stool and looked at Urim's daughter with steady eyes.Warrior of the Dawn|Howard Carleton Browne
Mary was so anxious that she got up from her stool and came to him and caught hold of both his hands.The Secret Garden|Frances Hodgson Burnett
Urgent desire for stool, sometimes removed by passing wind; quantity normal,3 .
British Dictionary definitions for stool
- to fail through vacillation between two alternatives
- to be in an unsatisfactory situation through not belonging to either of two categories or groups
Word Origin for stool
Word Origin and History for stool
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).
Medicine definitions for stool
Idioms and Phrases with stool
In addition to the idiom beginning with stool
- stool pigeon
- fall between the cracks (two stools)