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Meaning of 'stock' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Stock [ a.]
- Used or employed for constant service or application, as if constituting a portion of a stock or supply; standard; permanent; standing; as, a stock actor; a stock play; a stock sermon.
2 . Stock [ n.]
- The stem, or main body, of a tree or plant; the fixed, strong, firm part; the trunk.
- The stem or branch in which a graft is inserted.
- A block of wood; something fixed and solid; a pillar; a firm support; a post.
- Hence, a person who is as dull and lifeless as a stock or post; one who has little sense.
- The principal supporting part; the part in which others are inserted, or to which they are attached.
- The wood to which the barrel, lock, etc., of a musket or like firearm are secured; also, a long, rectangular piece of wood, which is an important part of several forms of gun carriage.
- The handle or contrivance by which bits are held in boring; a bitstock; a brace.
- The block of wood or metal frame which constitutes the body of a plane, and in which the plane iron is fitted; a plane stock.
- The wooden or iron crosspiece to which the shank of an anchor is attached. See Illust. of Anchor.
- The support of the block in which an anvil is fixed, or of the anvil itself.
- A handle or wrench forming a holder for the dies for cutting screws; a diestock.
- The part of a tally formerly struck in the exchequer, which was delivered to the person who had lent the king money on account, as the evidence of indebtedness. See Counterfoil.
- The original progenitor; also, the race or line of a family; the progenitor of a family and his direct descendants; lineage; family.
- Money or capital which an individual or a firm employs in business; fund; in the United States, the capital of a bank or other company, in the form of transferable shares, each of a certain amount; money funded in government securities, called also the public funds; in the plural, property consisting of shares in joint-stock companies, or in the obligations of a government for its funded debt; -- so in the United States, but in England the latter only are called stocks, and the former shares.
- Same as Stock account, below.
- Supply provided; store; accumulation; especially, a merchant's or manufacturer's store of goods; as, to lay in a stock of provisions.
- Domestic animals or beasts collectively, used or raised on a farm; as, a stock of cattle or of sheep, etc.; -- called also live stock.
- That portion of a pack of cards not distributed to the players at the beginning of certain games, as gleek, etc., but which might be drawn from afterward as occasion required; a bank.
- A thrust with a rapier; a stoccado.
- A covering for the leg, or leg and foot; as, upper stocks (breeches); nether stocks (stockings).
- A kind of stiff, wide band or cravat for the neck; as, a silk stock.
- A frame of timber, with holes in which the feet, or the feet and hands, of criminals were formerly confined by way of punishment.
- The frame or timbers on which a ship rests while building.
- Red and gray bricks, used for the exterior of walls and the front of buildings.
- Any cruciferous plant of the genus Matthiola; as, common stock (Matthiola incana) (see Gilly-flower); ten-weeks stock (M. annua).
- An irregular metalliferous mass filling a large cavity in a rock formation, as a stock of lead ore deposited in limestone.
- A race or variety in a species.
- In tectology, an aggregate or colony of persons (see Person), as trees, chains of salpae, etc.
- The beater of a fulling mill.
- A liquid or jelly containing the juices and soluble parts of meat, and certain vegetables, etc., extracted by cooking; -- used in making soup, gravy, etc.
3 . Stock [ v. t.]
- To lay up; to put aside for future use; to store, as merchandise, and the like.
- To provide with material requisites; to store; to fill; to supply; as, to stock a warehouse, that is, to fill it with goods; to stock a farm, that is, to supply it with cattle and tools; to stock land, that is, to occupy it with a permanent growth, especially of grass.
- To suffer to retain milk for twenty-four hours or more previous to sale, as cows.
- To put in the stocks.

Meaning of 'stock' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . stock [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a supply of something available for future use
Example in sentence:
  • he brought back a large store of Cuban cigars
Meaning (2):
- a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
Example in sentence:
  • he created a new strain of sheep;
  • he experimented on a particular breed of white rats
Meaning (3):
- the handle end of some implements or tools
Example in sentence:
  • he grabbed the cue by the stock
Meaning (4):
- the capital raised by a corporation through the issue of shares entitling holders to an ownership interest (equity)
Example in sentence:
  • he owns a controlling share of the company's stock
Meaning (5):
- the descendants of one individual
Example in sentence:
  • his entire lineage has been warriors
Meaning (6):
- the reputation and popularity a person has
Example in sentence:
  • his stock was so high he could have been elected mayor
Meaning (7):
- liquid in which meat and vegetables are simmered; used as a basis for e.g. soups or sauces
Example in sentence:
  • she made gravy with a base of beef stock
Meaning (8):
- the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun
Example in sentence:
  • the rifle had been fitted with a special stock
Meaning (9):
- a certificate documenting the shareholder's ownership in the corporation
Example in sentence:
  • the value of his stocks doubled during the past year
Meaning (10):
- the merchandise that a shop has on hand
Example in sentence:
  • they carried a vast inventory of hardware;
  • they stopped selling in exact sizes in order to reduce inventory
Meaning (11):
- lumber used in the construction of something
Example in sentence:
  • they will cut round stock to 1-inch diameter
12 . stock [ v]
Meaning (12):
- have on hand
Example in sentence:
  • Do you carry kerosene heaters?
Meaning (13):
- amass so as to keep for future use or sale or for a particular occasion or use
Example in sentence:
  • let's stock coffee as long as prices are low
Meaning (14):
- supply with livestock
Example in sentence:
  • stock a farm
Meaning (15):
- supply with fish
Example in sentence:
  • stock a lake
Meaning (16):
- equip with a stock
Example in sentence:
  • stock a rifle
Meaning (17):
- provide or furnish with a stock of something
Example in sentence:
  • stock the larder with meat
Meaning (18):
- put forth and grow sprouts or shoots
Example in sentence:
  • the plant sprouted early this year
19 . stock [ s]
Meaning (19):
- regularly and widely used or sold
Example in sentence:
  • a standard size;
  • a stock item
Meaning (20):
- routine
Example in sentence:
  • a stock answer
Meaning (21):
- repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
Example in sentence:
  • a stock answer;
  • bromidic sermons;
  • hackneyed phrases;
  • his remarks were trite and commonplace;
  • parroting some timeworn axiom;
  • repeating threadbare jokes;
  • the trite metaphor `hard as nails'