an institution where instruction is given, especially to persons under college age:
The children are at school.
an institution for instruction in a particular skill or field.
a college or university.
a regular course of meetings of a teacher or teachers and students for instruction; program of instruction:
a session of such a course:
no school today; to be kept after school.
the activity or process of learning under instruction, especially at a school for the young:
As a child, I never liked school.
one’s formal education:
They plan to be married when he finishes school.
a building housing a school.
the body of students, or students and teachers, belonging to an educational institution:
The entire school rose when the principal entered the auditorium.
a building, room, etc., in a university, set apart for the use of one of the faculties or for some particular purpose:
the school of agriculture.
a particular faculty or department of a university having the right to recommend candidates for degrees, and usually beginning its program of instruction after the student has completed general education:
any place, situation, etc., tending to teach anything.
the body of pupils or followers of a master, system, method, etc.:
the Platonic school of philosophy.
a group of artists, as painters, writers, or musicians, whose works reflect a common conceptual, regional, or personal influence:
the modern school; the Florentine school.
the art and artists of a geographical location considered independently of stylistic similarity:
the French school.
any group of persons having common attitudes or beliefs.
Military, Navy. parts of close-order drill applying to the individual (school of the soldier) the squad (school of the squad) or the like.
Australian and New Zealand Informal. a group of people gathered together, especially for gambling or drinking.
schools, Archaic. the faculties of a university.
Obsolete. the schoolmen in a medieval university.
of or connected with a school or schools.
Obsolete. of the schoolmen.
verb (used with object)
to educate in or as if in a school; teach; train.
Archaic. to reprimand.
a large number of fish, porpoises, whales, or the like, feeding or migrating together.
verb (used without object)
to form into, or go in, a school, as fish.
an institution or building at which children and young people usually under 19 receive education
(as modifier): school bus, school day
(in combination): schoolroom, schoolwork
any educational institution or building
a faculty, institution, or department specializing in a particular subject: a law school
the staff and pupils of a school
the period of instruction in a school or one session of this: he stayed after school to do extra work
meetings held occasionally for members of a profession, etc
a place or sphere of activity that instructs: the school of hard knocks
a body of people or pupils adhering to a certain set of principles, doctrines, or methods
a group of artists, writers, etc, linked by the same style, teachers, or aims: the Venetian school of painting
a style of life: a gentleman of the old school
(informal) a group assembled for a common purpose, esp gambling or drinking
to train or educate in or as in a school
to discipline or control
an archaic word for reprimand
a group of porpoises or similar aquatic animals that swim together
(intransitive) to form such a group
In addition to the idiom beginning with school
noun 1. the age set by law for children to start school attendance. 2. the period of school attendance required by law.
- School attendance officer
noun 1. a former name for Educational Welfare Officer
noun 1. a bag used for carrying books, school supplies, etc.
noun 1. a local board or committee in charge of public education. school board noun 1. (formerly in Britain) an elected board of ratepayers who provided local elementary schools between 1870 and 1902 2. (in the US and Canada) a local board of education