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[foo t-stool] /ˈfʊtˌstul/
a low stool upon which to rest one's feet when seated.
Origin of footstool
1520-30; foot + stool Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Some of the swearing, too, was neither by the throne nor footstool, such as 'Dahst my eyes!'

    John Greenleaf Whittier W. Sloane Kennedy
  • Adolphine placed a footstool beneath her mistress' feet and retired.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Meanwhile, upstairs, Marion is humbling herself into the dust, at the footstool of her tyrant.

    Vera Nevill Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
  • With that he raised the footstool and struck Odysseus on the shoulder.

  • Timéa crouched near her on the footstool and looked with admiration at her rapid execution.

  • In a moment Nan had the footstool set in position, and had stepped upon it.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • Leone took the chair, and Lady Chandos sat down on a footstool by her side.

    A Mad Love Bertha M. Clay
  • “She will need a footstool with that chair,” said Cousin Alice.

    A Missionary Twig Emma L. Burnett
  • She took the cat off his knee and put it down on a footstool.

    The Gadfly E. L. Voynich
  • She ran her footstool to him, and sat nestling to his heart.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for footstool


a low stool used for supporting or resting the feet of a seated person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for footstool

also foot-stool, 1520s, from foot (n.) + stool.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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footstool in the Bible

connected with a throne (2 Chr. 9:18). Jehovah symbolically dwelt in the holy place between the cherubim above the ark of the covenant. The ark was his footstool (1 Chr. 28:2; Ps. 99:5; 132:7). And as heaven is God's throne, so the earth is his footstool (Ps. 110:1; Isa. 66:1; Matt. 5:35).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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