American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A backless and armless single seat supported on legs or a pedestal.
- n. A low bench or support for the feet or knees in sitting or kneeling, as a footrest.
- n. A toilet seat; a commode.
- n. Fecal matter from a single bowel movement.
- n. Botany A stump or rootstock that produces shoots or suckers.
- n. Botany A shoot or growth from such a stump or rootstock.
- v. Botany To send up shoots or suckers.
- v. To evacuate the bowels; defecate.
- v. Slang To act as a stool pigeon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A seat or chair; now, in particular, a seat, whether high or low, consisting of a piece of wood mounted usually on three or four legs, and without a back, intended for one person; also, any support of like construction used as a rest for the feet, or for the knees when kneeling.
- n. The seat of a bishop; a see.
- n. Same as ducking-stool.
- n. The seat used in easing the bowels; hence, a fecal evacuation; a discharge from the bowels.
- n. A frame for tapestry-work.
- n. The root or stump of a timber-tree, or of a bush, cane, grass, etc., which throws up shoots; also, the cluster of shoots thus produced.
- n. The mother plant from which young plants are propagated by the process of layering.
- n. Nautical: A small channel in the side of a vessel for the deadeyes of the backstays.
- n. An ornamental block placed over the stem to support a poop-lantern.
- n. A movable pole or perch to which a pigeon is fastened as a lure or decoy for wild birds. See the extract under stool-pigeon, 1.
- n. Hence A stool-pigeon; also, a decoy-duck.
- n. Material spread on the bottom for oysterspat to cling to; set, either natural or artificial. See Cultch.
- n. (See also camp-stool, footstool, night-stool, piano-stool.)
- To throw up shoots from the root, as a grass or a grain-plant; form a stool. See stool, n., 6.
- To decoy duck or other fowl by means of stools.
- To be decoyed; respond to a decoy.
- To evacuate the bowels.
- To plow; cultivate.
- n. In wooden ships, one of the pieces of plank bolted to the quarters for the purpose of forming and erecting the galleries; also, one of the ornamental blocks for the poop lanterns to stand on abaft.
- n. In iron ship-building, a small foundation or seating for the support of some part of the machinery, as the shaft-bearings, pumps, etc.
- n. A seat for one person without a back or armrest.
- n. A footstool.
- n. Feces; excrement.
- n. archaic A decoy.
- n. Scotland A seat; a seat with a back; a chair.
- n. Scotland (literally and figuratively) Throne.
- n. obsolete A seat used in evacuating the bowels; a toilet.
- n. nautical A small channel on the side of a vessel, for the dead-eyes of the backstays.
- n. US, dialect Material, such as oyster shells, spread on the sea bottom for oyster spat to adhere to.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Hort.) A plant from which layers are propagated by bending its branches into the soil.
- v. (Agric.) To ramfy; to tiller, as grain; to shoot out suckers.
- n. A single seat with three or four legs and without a back, made in various forms for various uses.
- n. A seat used in evacuating the bowels; hence, an evacuation; a discharge from the bowels.
- n. United States A stool pigeon, or decoy bird.
- n. (Naut.) A small channel on the side of a vessel, for the dead-eyes of the backstays.
- n. A bishop's seat or see; a bishop-stool.
- n. A bench or form for resting the feet or the knees; a footstool.
- n. Local, U.S. Material, such as oyster shells, spread on the sea bottom for oyster spat to adhere to.
- n. a simple seat without a back or arms
- v. react to a decoy, of wildfowl
- n. (forestry) the stump of a tree that has been felled or headed for the production of saplings
- v. grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers
- n. a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
- v. have a bowel movement
- v. lure with a stool, as of wild fowl
- n. solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels
- From Middle English stool, stole, stol, from Old English stōl ("chair, seat, throne"), from Proto-Germanic *stōlaz (“chair”) (compare West Frisian/Dutch stoel, German Stuhl, Swedish/Danish/Norwegian stol), from Proto-Indo-European *stālo (compare Lithuanian stálas, Russian (stol') 'table', Serbo-Croatian stol 'table', Slovenian stol 'chair', Albanian kështallë 'crutch', Ancient Greek stolōn 'pillar'), from *stā- 'to stand'. More at stand. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English stōl; see stā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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