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1. a rootstock or base of a plant, usually a woody plant, from which shoots, etc., are produced
2. a cluster of shoots growing from such a base
3. Chiefly US a decoy used in hunting
4. waste matter evacuated from the bowels
5. (in W Africa, esp Ghana) a chief's throne


The flat piece upon which a window closes, corresponding to the sill of a door.

packing piece, stool

A block which is used to raise one or more members above others.


1. The flat piece upon which a window shuts down, corresponding to the sill of a door.
2. A narrow shelf fitted across the lower part of the inside of a window opening; butts against the sill.
4. Same as packing piece.
5. A framed support.
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She rose uncertainly, touched his hair with her hand, then sank back upon her stool.
She crept across to him, drawing her stool after her.
Your stool limps like one of Martial's distiches; it has one hexameter leg and one pentameter leg.
Gringoire mounted the stool, and succeeded, not without some oscillations of head and arms, in regaining his centre of gravity.
Perceiving that no respite, nor reprieve, nor subterfuge was possible, he bravely decided upon his course of action; he wound his right foot round his left leg, raised himself on his left foot, and stretched out his arm: but at the moment when his hand touched the manikin, his body, which was now supported upon one leg only, wavered on the stool which had but three; he made an involuntary effort to support himself by the manikin, lost his balance, and fell heavily to the ground, deafened by the fatal vibration of the thousand bells of the manikin, which, yielding to the impulse imparted by his hand, described first a rotary motion, and then swayed majestically between the two posts.
The thieves made him mount the stool, Clopin came to him, passed the rope about his neck, and, tapping him on the shoulder,--
Now," resumed Clopin Trouillefou, "as soon as I clap my hands, you, Andry the Red, will fling the stool to the ground with a blow of your knee; you, François Chante-Prune, will cling to the feet of the rascal; and you, Bellevigne, will fling yourself on his shoulders; and all three at once, do you hear?
They undid the noose, and made the poet step down from the stool.
That's right, West Orchards are offering people the chance to own a piece of food court history - by selling the iconic bar stools that so many have enjoyed their Happy Meals on.
But once seated on the potty, stools can require some waiting--not a typical toddler forte
Three hundred and fifty pre-school children of both sexes aged 6 month to 60 months prepared to hospital with more than three unformed stools in 24 hours and diarrheal duration of 10###08###12###11###17
There was no difference in frequency or quality of stools between groups.