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school Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an educational institution
    • the school was founded in 1900
  2. noun a building where young people receive education
    • the school was built in 1932
    • he walked to school every morning
  3. noun the process of being formally educated at a school
    • what will you do when you finish school?
  4. noun a body of creative artists or writers or thinkers linked by a similar style or by similar teachers
    • the Venetian school of painting
  5. noun the period of instruction in a school; the time period when school is in session
    school day; schooltime.
    • stay after school
    • he didn't miss a single day of school
    • when the school day was done we would walk home together
  6. noun an educational institution's faculty and students
    • the school keeps parents informed
    • the whole school turned out for the game
  7. noun a large group of fish
    • a school of small glittering fish swam by
  8. verb educate in or as if in a school
    • The children are schooled at great cost to their parents in private institutions
  9. verb teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
    educate; civilise; train; cultivate; civilize.
    • Cultivate your musical taste
    • Train your tastebuds
    • She is well schooled in poetry
  10. verb swim in or form a large group of fish
    • A cluster of schooling fish was attracted to the bait

School noun
For shool a crowd; prob. confuced with school for learning.
  1. A shoal; a multitude; as, a school of fish.
School noun
OE. scole, AS. sclu, L. schola, Gr. leisure, that in which leisure is employed, disputation, lecture, a school, probably from the same root as , the original sense being perhaps, a stopping, a resting. See Scheme.
  1. A place for learned intercourse and instruction; an institution for learning; an educational establishment; a place for acquiring knowledge and mental training; as, the school of the prophets.
    Disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. Acts xix. 9.
  2. A place of primary instruction; an establishment for the instruction of children; as, a primary school; a common school; a grammar school.
    As he sat in the school at his primer. Chaucer.
  3. A session of an institution of instruction.
    How now, Sir Hugh! No school to-day? Shak.
  4. One of the seminaries for teaching logic, metaphysics, and theology, which were formed in the Middle Ages, and which were characterized by academical disputations and subtilties of reasoning.
    At Cambridge the philosophy of Descartes was still dominant in the schools. Macaulay.
  5. The room or hall in English universities where the examinations for degrees and honors are held.
  6. An assemblage of scholars; those who attend upon instruction in a school of any kind; a body of pupils.
    What is the great community of Christians, but one of the innumerable schools in the vast plan which God has instituted for the education of various intelligences? Buckminster.
  7. The disciples or followers of a teacher; those who hold a common doctrine, or accept the same teachings; a sect or denomination in philosophy, theology, science, medicine, politics, etc.
    Let no man be less confident in his faith . . . by reason of any difference in the several schools of Christians. Jer. Taylor.
  8. The canons, precepts, or body of opinion or practice, sanctioned by the authority of a particular class or age; as, he was a gentleman of the old school.
    His face pale but striking, though not handsome after the schools. A. S. Hardy.
  9. Figuratively, any means of knowledge or discipline; as, the school of experience.
School transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Schooled ; present participle & verbal noun Schooling
  1. To train in an institution of learning; to educate at a school; to teach.
    He's gentle, never schooled, and yet learned. Shak.
  2. To tutor; to chide and admonish; to reprove; to subject to systematic disciplene; to train.
    It now remains for you to school your child, And ask why God's Anointed be reviled. Dryden.
    The mother, while loving her child with the intensity of a sole affection, had schooled herself to hope for little other return than the waywardness of an April breeze. Hawthorne.

Webster 1913

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