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stool

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

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), стул (stul, chair), Serbo-Croatian stol (table), Slovenian stol (chair), Albanian shtallë (crutch), Ancient Greek [script needed] (stolōn, pillar)), from *steh₂- (to stand). More at stand.

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NounEdit

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 2Edit

Latin stolo. See stolon.

NounEdit

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?)

VerbEdit

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.
    • 1869, Richard D. Blackmore, Lorna Doone, chapter 38
      I worked very hard in the copse of young ash, with my billhook and a shearing-knife; cutting out the saplings where they stooled too close together, making spars to keep for thatching, wall-crooks to drive into the cob, stiles for close sheep hurdles, and handles for rakes, and hoes, and two-bills, of the larger and straighter stuff.

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stool m, f (plural stools)

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

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