Nearby words

  1. stoccata,
  2. stochastic,
  3. stochastic matrix,
  4. stochastic terrorism,
  5. stochastic variable,
  6. stock and station agent,
  7. stock boy,
  8. stock buyback,
  9. stock car,
  10. stock certificate


Origin of stock

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English stoc(c) stump, stake, post, log; cognate with German Stock, Old Norse stokkr tree-trunk; (v.) derivative of the noun

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British Dictionary definitions for out of stock



  1. (sometimes plural)the total goods or raw material kept on the premises of a shop or business
  2. (as modifier)a stock clerk; stock book
a supply of something stored for future usehe keeps a good stock of whisky
  1. the capital raised by a company through the issue and subscription of shares entitling their holders to dividends, partial ownership, and usually voting rights
  2. the proportion of such capital held by an individual shareholder
  3. the shares of a specified company or industry
  4. (formerly) the part of an account or tally given to a creditor
  5. the debt represented by this
standing or status
  1. farm animals, such as cattle and sheep, bred and kept for their meat, skins, etc
  2. (as modifier)stock farming
the trunk or main stem of a tree or other plant
  1. a rooted plant into which a scion is inserted during grafting
  2. a plant or stem from which cuttings are takenSee also rootstock
the original type from which a particular race, family, group, etc, is derived
a race, breed, or variety of animals or plants
(often plural) a small pen in which a single animal can be confined
a line of descent
any of the major subdivisions of the human species; race or ethnic group
the part of a rifle, sub-machine-gun, etc, into which the barrel and firing mechanism is set: held by the firer against the shoulder
the handle of something, such as a whip or fishing rod
the main body of a tool, such as the block of a plane
(formerly) the part of a plough to which the irons and handles were attached
the main upright part of a supporting structure
a liquid or broth in which meat, fish, bones, or vegetables have been simmered for a long time
film material before exposure and processing
  1. a portion of metal cut from a bar upon which a specific process, such as forging, is to be carried out
  2. the material that is smelted in a blast furnace
Also called: gillyflower any of several plants of the genus Matthiola, such as M. incana and M. bicornis (evening or night-scented stock), of the Mediterranean region, cultivated for their brightly coloured flowers: Brassicaceae (crucifers)
Virginian stock a similar and related North American plant, Malcolmia maritima
a long usually white neckcloth wrapped around the neck, worn in the 18th century and as part of modern riding dress
cards a pile of cards left after the deal in certain games, from which players draw
  1. the repertoire of plays available to a repertory company
  2. (as modifier)a stock play
(on some types of anchors) a crosspiece at the top of the shank under the ring
the centre of a wheel
an exposed igneous intrusion that is smaller in area than a batholith
a log or block of wood
an archaic word for stocking
in stock
  1. stored on the premises or available for sale or use
  2. supplied with goods of a specified kind
out of stock
  1. not immediately available for sale or use
  2. not having goods of a specified kind immediately available
take stock
  1. to make an inventory
  2. to make a general appraisal, esp of prospects, resources, etc
take stock in to attach importance to
lock, stock, and barrel See lock 1 (def. 7)


staple, standardstock sizes in clothes
(prenominal) being a cliché; hackneyeda stock phrase


(tr) to keep (goods) for sale
(intr; usually foll by up or up on) to obtain a store of (something) for future use or saleto stock up on beer
(tr) to supply with live animals, fish, etcto stock a farm
(intr) (of a plant) to put forth new shoots
(tr) obsolete to punish by putting in the stocks
See also stocks

Derived Formsstocker, noun

Word Origin for stock

Old English stocc trunk (of a tree), stem, stick (the various senses developed from these meanings, as trunk of a tree, hence line of descent; structures made of timber; a store of timber or other goods for future use, hence an aggregate of goods, animals, etc); related to Old Saxon, Old High German stock stick, stump

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Word Origin and History for out of stock
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for out of stock



The trunk or main stem of a tree or another plant.
A plant or stem onto which a graft is made.
A plant or tree from which cuttings and scions are taken.
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Culture definitions for out of stock


A share in the ownership of a corporation.

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Idioms and Phrases with out of stock

out of stock

see under in stock.


see in stock; lock, stock, and barrel; make a laughing stock of; take stock; take stock in.

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