/stul / (say stoohl)

1. a seat, either low or high, without arms or a back, usually for a single person.
2. a short, low support for resting the feet on, kneeling on, sitting on, etc.
3. Obsolete a chair, seat, or position of authority.
4. the stump, base, or root of a tree or other plant which has been cut down, from which new shoots or stems appear annually.
5. the base of plants which annually produce new stems, etc.
6. a cluster of shoots or stems springing up from a stool or from any root, or a single shoot or layer.
7. US a bird fastened as a decoy.
8. US a decoy duck or similar decoy.
9. a privy.
10. the mass of matter evacuated at a movement of the bowels; faeces.
11. US the sill of a window.
verb (i)
12. to throw up shoots from the base or root, as a plant; form a stool.
13. fall between two stools,
a. to fail to select either of two alternatives, as through indecision or hesitation.
b. to fail to belong clearly to either of two categories.
{Middle English; Old English stōl}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

(without a back) / (from the bowels),

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  • Stool — Stool, n. [AS. st[=o]l a seat; akin to OFries. & OS. st[=o]l, D. stoel, G. stuhl, OHG. stuol, Icel. st[=o]ll, Sw. & Dan. stol, Goth. st[=o]ls, Lith. stalas a table, Russ. stol ; from the root of E. stand. [root]163. See {Stand}, and cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stool|ie — stool|y or stool|ie «STOO lee», noun, plural stool|ies. U.S. Slang. a stool pigeon …   Useful english dictionary

  • stool|y — or stool|ie «STOO lee», noun, plural stool|ies. U.S. Slang. a stool pigeon …   Useful english dictionary

  • stool — [ stul ] noun count * 1. ) a seat that has legs but no support for your back or arms: a bar/piano stool 2. ) TECHNICAL a piece of solid waste from someone s body: stool samples …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stool — (n.) O.E. stol seat for one person, from P.Gmc. *stolaz (Cf. O.Fris. stol, O.N. stoll, O.H.G. stuol, Ger. Stuhl seat, Goth. stols high seat, throne ), from PIE *sta lo , locative of root *sta to stand (Cf. Lith …   Etymology dictionary

  • stool — [sto͞ol] n. [ME < OE stol, akin to Ger stuhl < IE * stal (> OSlav stolū, throne, seat) < base * sta , to STAND] 1. a) a single seat having three or four legs and no back or arms b) FOOTSTOOL 2. the inside ledge at the bottom of a… …   English World dictionary

  • Stool — Stool, n. [L. stolo. See {Stolon}.] (Hort.) A plant from which layers are propagated by bending its branches into the soil. P. Henderson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stool — Stool, v. i. (Agric.) To ramfy; to tiller, as grain; to shoot out suckers. R. D. Blackmore. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stool — [stu:l] n [: Old English; Origin: stol] 1.) a seat that has three or four legs, but no back or arms ▪ a bar stool 2.) medical a piece of solid waste from your ↑bowels …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stool — ► NOUN 1) a seat without a back or arms. 2) chiefly Medicine a piece of faeces. 3) a root or stump of a tree or plant from which shoots spring. 4) US a decoy bird in hunting. ● fall between two stools Cf. ↑fall between two stools …   English terms dictionary

  • stool — bar·stool; birth·stool; bishop·stool; close·stool; cuck·stool; de·stool; en·stool; fald·stool; frith·stool; stool; stool·ie; stool·ing; de·stool·ment; …   English syllables

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