• WordNet 3.6
    • n footstool a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Footstool A low stool to support the feet of one when sitting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n footstool A stool, usually small and low, to rest the feet upon while sitting; by extension, anything serving for the same use.
    • n footstool Figuratively, a person or thing that is trodden upon or oppressed; hence, one who is an abject thrall, dependent, or tool.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Footstool a stool for placing one's feet on when sitting: anything trodden upon
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  • Sir Aubrey De Vere
    Sir Aubrey De Vere
    “Power's footstool is opinion and his throne the human heart.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fót, pl. fét; Ger. fuss, L. pes, pedis, Gr. pous, podos, Sans. pād.


In literature:

She sat on a footstool beside the sofa, and took her sister's hand in hers.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Then Mrs. McAlister suddenly drew a low footstool to her side.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
She sat in a very deep soft chair with her feet on a footstool.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
At his footstool all say "We serve," and to all He says either "Be" or "Do" or "Do not.
"The Wesleyan Methodist Pulpit in Malvern Sermons Preached at the Opening Services of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, in 1866" by Knowles King
And I'm the happiest man on the footstool, too.
"Iole" by Robert W. Chambers
The easy chairs and the lounge, the footstools and the cushions were dull blue.
"An Australian Lassie" by Lilian Turner
Adolphine placed a footstool beneath her mistress' feet and retired.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
Come and sit on this footstool near my knee, and only remember you are a princess.
"Sara Crewe" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
They brought a fan to cool her, and placed a footstool for her feet.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 1 January 1863" by Various
High heav'n the footstool of his feet He makes, And wide beneath him all Olympus shakes.
"An Essay on the Lyric Poetry of the Ancients" by John Ogilvie
She now lies on the footstool between my feet, purring most obstreperously.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
Sketch of a footstool and desk where I first saw Miss Schuyler kneeling.
"A Cathedral Courtship" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
I'll try to assist Don in building a footstool for one of Penelope's maids.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
She sat on a footstool in front of Miss Marley's wood fire, frowning at the flames.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
And you can do that only by keeping very close to God's footstool and to God's Word.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
Thus our enemy has become our footstool.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
Whiskey is the greatest enemy I have on the face of the footstool, young man.
"The Young Lieutenant" by Oliver Optic
In there he found Jinny crouching on a footstool; facing her, Rose knelt upon the floor.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The earth had become their footstool; the old life had come to an end.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
The litter fairly filled a part of Times Square, the most congested cross-roads on God's footstool.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various

In poetry:

But the deep, deep groans of that kneeling wretch,
That low at his footstool lay,
His groanings deep, ah ! nought could still,
And the priest arose to pray.
"The Penitent's Confession" by Anne Bannerman
There, there he falls!
Enough, my friend! his piety destroys him. There, at the very footstool of his God,
Where he implores protection, there I'll crush him.
"Daniel. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
On Thy holy name I call;
At thy sacred footstool stand;
All sprung forth from good—and all
Tends to good beneath Thy hand:
Streams the purest, joys the surest,
Flow and smile at Thy command.
"Autumn: Friday Evening" by John Bowring
The saint that wears heaven's brightest crown
In deepest adoration bends;
The weight of glory bows him down
Then most when most his soul ascends.
Nearest the throne itself must be The footstool of humility.
"The bird that soars on highest wing" by James Montgomery
She had twelve stars for diadem;
She had for footstool the full moon;
Her quiet eyes, outshining them,
Kept memories of the night and noon
And the still moms at Nazareth
When in her arms the Child drew breath.
"The Crown" by Katharine Tynan
SOUL! however sweet The goal to which I hasten with swift feet —
If, just within my grasp,
I reach, and joy to clasp, And find there one whose body I must make
A footstool for that sake, Though ever and forevermore denied,
Grant me to turn aside!
"A Prayer" by Ina Donna Coolbrith

In news:

New use for an old footstool kicks bad memories down drain.
When I was a young teenager in a 4-H club, I made a little footstool with a knitted square pattern on it.
The exhibit, called " Furnishing Louisiana," includes 12 galleries of Creole and rustic Acadian furniture such as armoires, high-post beds, chests, tables, footstools and a child's cradle.
Compact, affordable and versatile, the footstool shouldn't be overlooked.
At Rick Majerus' final stop, the lone concession to the coach's health woes were the footstools stationed at each corner of the practice court.
Any ol' Super Bowl party can have chips and dip, or a deluxe ultra Barcalounger with built-in footstool, surround-sound system and Kegerator.