Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A seat for the sick or infirm, comprising a tight box with a close-fitting lid to contain a chamber-vessel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- close (“enclosed”) + stool (Wiktionary)
“The two factions send to him a solemn deputation; and the dalai-lama begins, according to his divine custom, by distributing among them the contents of his close-stool.”
“Trimalchio retired to the close-stool, after this course, and we, having freedom of action with the tyrant away, began to draw the other guests out.”
“Everything's ready outside, if the call's more serious, water, close-stool, and anything else you'll need.”
“What clothes the senators did wear in Rome, what shoes, how they sat, where they went to the close-stool, how many dishes in a mess, what sauce, which for the present for an historian to relate,  according to Lodovic.”
“By which means it comes to pass,  that not only libraries and shops are full of our putrid papers, but every close-stool and jakes,”
“He traces his itinerary in England - memorably tracking his movements "like an animal, by his droppings", thanks to purchases of cotton for Henry's close-stool, "to wipe the nether end" - and recounts his journeys to pagan Lithuania on crusade and to Jerusalem as a pilgrim with descriptive relish.”
“Macalpine made a soldierly retreat with two horses; but the captain was suddenly surrounded and disarmed by the footmen, whom a French valet de chambre headed in this exploit; his sword was passed through a close-stool, and his person through the horse-pond.”
“You will be scraped out of the painted cloth for this: your lion, that holds his poll-axe sitting on a close-stool, will be given to Ajax: he will be the ninth Worthy.”
“Vespasian died in a jest upon his close-stool — Galba with a sentence — Septimus Severus in a dispatch — Tiberius in dissimulation, and Caesar Augustus in a compliment. —”
“For that reason they told us she never visited a close-stool but by proxy.”
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