- 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 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
December 19, 2014
Furthermore, a person with norovirus has about 70 billion viral particles per gram of stool.A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned
November 19, 2014
I try to catch the eye of this third boy, but he plops down onto a stool and avoids my gaze.Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled
October 22, 2014
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
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.
April 12, 2014
Gracie, shielded by the distance, turned on her stool and studied him.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
His head dropped back on his chair; he propped his sagging legs on a stool.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In the kitchen their mother sat on a stool, and peeled potatoes.Rico and Wiseli
And, casting the pen down, he turned his stool round impatiently.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
And he sprang from his stool, as their teacher entered the schoolroom door.
- 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 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).
- Evacuated fecal matter.
Idioms and Phrases with stool
In addition to the idiom beginning with stool
- stool pigeon
- fall between the cracks (two stools)