Stool

Stool

(?), n. [AS. stl a seat; akin to OFries. & OS. stl, D. stoel, G. stuhl, OHG. stuol, Icel. stll, Sw. & Dan. stol, Goth. stls, Lith. stalas a table, Russ. stol'; from the root of E. stand. 163. See Stand, and cf. Fauteuil.] 1. A single seat with three or four legs and without a back, made in various forms for various uses.
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2. A seat used in evacuating the bowels; hence, an evacuation; a discharge from the bowels.
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3. A stool pigeon, or decoy bird. [U. S.]
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4. (Naut.) A small channel on the side of a vessel, for the dead-eyes of the backstays. Totten.
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5. A bishop's seat or see; a bishop-stool. J. P. Peters.
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6. A bench or form for resting the feet or the knees; a footstool; as, a kneeling stool.
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7. Material, such as oyster shells, spread on the sea bottom for oyster spat to adhere to. [Local, U.S.]
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Stool of a window, or Window stool (Arch.), the flat piece upon which the window shuts down, and which corresponds to the sill of a door; in the United States, the narrow shelf fitted on the inside against the actual sill upon which the sash descends. This is called a window seat when broad and low enough to be used as a seat. -- Stool of repentance, the cuttystool. [Scot.] -- Stool pigeon, a pigeon used as a decoy to draw others within a net; hence, a person used as a decoy for others.
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