|1.||a backless seat or footrest consisting of a small flat piece of wood, etc, resting on three or four legs, a pedestal, etc|
|2.||a rootstock or base of a plant, usually a woody plant, from which shoots, etc, are produced|
|3.||a cluster of shoots growing from such a base|
|4.||chiefly (US) a decoy used in hunting|
|5.||waste matter evacuated from the bowels|
|6.||a lavatory seat|
|7.||(in W Africa, esp Ghana) a chief's throne|
|8.||fall between two stools|
|a. to fail through vacillation between two alternatives|
|b. to be in an unsatisfactory situation through not belonging to either of two categories or groups|
|9.||(of a plant) to send up shoots from the base of the stem, rootstock, etc|
|10.||to lure wildfowl with a decoy|
|[Old English stōl; related to Old Norse stōll, Gothic stōls, Old High German stuol chair, Greek stulos pillar]|
A discharging of the bowels.
Evacuated fecal matter.
In addition to the idiom beginning with stool, also see fall between the cracks (two stools).