close stool


close stool
   a portable lavatory
   Originally for use in the closet1, but now usually found in the sickroom, if at all:
    Your lion, that holds his poll-axe sitting on a close-stool, will be given to Ajax. (Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lostsee jakes for the punning Ajax)

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  • Close-stool — n. A utensil to hold a chamber vessel, for the use of the sick and infirm. It is usually in the form of a box, with a seat and tight cover. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • close|stool — «KLOHS STOOL», noun. a box with a seat and a lid, containing a chamber pot, such as for use in a sickroom …   Useful english dictionary

  • Close stool — Toilet chair A close stool, used from at least the sixteenth century until the introduction of indoor plumbing, was an enclosed cabinet or box at sitting height with an opening in the top, which might be disguised by a folding outer lid. The… …   Wikipedia

  • close-stool — noun A chamber pot enclosed in a stool or box; a commode. other Princes, [...] to dispatch their weightiest affaires make often their close stoole, their regall Throne or Councel chamber …   Wiktionary

  • close-stool — /klohz stoohl , klohs /, n. a stool having a seat with a hole, beneath which a chamber pot is placed. Also called necessary stool. [1375 1425; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • close stool — n. necessary stool, stool that has a seat with a hole in which a chamber pot is placed (used for sick or disabled persons) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • close-stool — /klohz stoohl , klohs /, n. a stool having a seat with a hole, beneath which a chamber pot is placed. Also called necessary stool. [1375 1425; late ME] …   Useful english dictionary

  • close-stool — noun historical a covered chamber pot enclosed in a wooden stool …   English new terms dictionary

  • close — close; close·ly; close·ness; close·out; close·stool; close·up; en·close; fore·close; un·close; dis·close; par·close; …   English syllables

  • 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