stool

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Etymology 1[edit]

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 *stoh₂los (compare Lithuanian stálas, Russian стол (stol, table), Serbo-Croatian stol 'table', Slovenian stol 'chair', Albanian kështallë 'crutch', Ancient Greek stolōn 'pillar'), from *steh₂- (to stand). More at stand.

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Noun[edit]

stool (plural stools)

  1. A seat for one person without a back or armrest.
  2. A footstool.
  3. (chiefly medicine) Feces; excrement.
  4. (archaic) A decoy.
  5. (now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) A seat; a seat with a back; a chair.
  6. (now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) (literally and figuratively) Throne.
  7. (obsolete) A seat used in evacuating the bowels; a toilet.
  8. (nautical) A small channel on the side of a vessel, for the dead-eyes of the backstays.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)
  9. (US, dialect) Material, such as oyster shells, spread on the sea bottom for oyster spat to adhere to.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Latin stolo. See stolon.

Noun[edit]

stool (plural stools)

  1. A plant from which layers are propagated by bending its branches into the soil.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of P. Henderson to this entry?)

Verb[edit]

stool (third-person singular simple present stools, present participle stooling, simple past and past participle stooled)

  1. (agriculture) To ramify; to tiller, as grain; to shoot out suckers.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of R. D. Blackmore to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

stool m, f (plural stools)

  1. (Canada, slang, derogatory) A denouncer or whistleblower; a stoolie.

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