[ stool ]
/ stul /
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.
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.
verb (used without object)
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
before 900; Middle English; Old English stōl; cognate with German Stuhl, Old Norse stōll, Gothic stols chair; all < Germanic *stō- (< Indo-European root of stand) + *-l- suffix; akin to OCS stolŭ throne
Related formsstool·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stooling
/ (stuːl) /
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 for stool
Old English stōl; related to Old Norse stōll, Gothic stōls, Old High German stuol chair, Greek stulos pillar
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Medicine definitions for stooling
[ stōōl ]
Evacuated fecal matter.
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Idioms and Phrases with stooling
In addition to the idiom beginning with stool
- stool pigeon
- fall between the cracks (two stools)
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