Origin of stocking
- the outstanding capital of a company or corporation.
- the shares of a particular company or corporation.
- the certificate of ownership of such stock; stock certificate.
- (formerly) a tally or stick used in transactions between a debtor and a creditor.
- Also called understock.in grafting, a stem in which the bud or scion is inserted.
- a stem, tree, or plant that furnishes slips or cuttings; stock plant.
- the wooden or metal piece to which the barrel and mechanism of a rifle are attached.
- a part of an automatic weapon, as a machine gun, similar in position or function.
- a former instrument of punishment consisting of a framework with holes for securing the ankles and, sometimes, the wrists, used to expose an offender to public derision.Compare pillory(def 1).
- a frame in which a horse or other animal is secured in a standing position for shoeing or for a veterinary operation.
- the frame on which a boat rests while under construction.
- a vertical shaft forming part of a rudder and controlling the rudder's movement.
- a transverse piece of wood or metal near the ring on some anchors.
- material being smelted in a blast furnace.
- a metal piece to be forged.
- a specified quality or kind of paper: glossy stock; card stock; offset stock.
- the paper for printing a particular job: We don't have enough stock for that large a run.
- pertaining to a stock company.
- appearing together in a repertoire, as a company.
- forming part of a repertoire, as a play.
- being a character type fixed by convention, as in the commedia dell'-arte, a harlequinade, minstrel show, or the like.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- under construction, as especially a ship.
- in progress or preparation: a new novel on the stocks.
- to make an inventory of stock on hand.
- to make an appraisal of resources or prospects: She took stock of her decorating scheme and decided it was time for a change.
Origin of stock
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Contemporary Examples of stocking
A stocking stuffed with $324,000 in easily negotiable $20 bills weighs 132 pounds.Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving
P. J. O’Rourke
December 20, 2014
You'd take a stocking and cut a hole for your eyes and wear it over your head.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
Nobody wants coal in their stocking, but what about their stomach?How to Recover from Christmas
December 25, 2013
Looking for a stocking stuffer for someone who loves both crayons and conservatism?The Ted Cruz Coloring Book
December 10, 2013
Now, just a few years later, the ghosts are stocking the cabinet.Vietnam, Once Again
January 9, 2013
Historical Examples of stocking
It will not prevent you from wearing your shoe and stocking.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Then he showed me how he could move in his stocking feet and no one could hear him.W. A. G.'s Tale
He must have hooked his missus's stocking with all the savings gained at very hard work.L'Assommoir
He bent over her and carefully restored her stocking and shoe.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
So then Fluffy went for a walk with the other dolls, but I had to darn a hole in my stocking.Five Mice in a Mouse-trap
Laura E. Richards
Word Origin for stocking
- (sometimes plural)the total goods or raw material kept on the premises of a shop or business
- (as modifier)a stock clerk; stock book
- the capital raised by a company through the issue and subscription of shares entitling their holders to dividends, partial ownership, and usually voting rights
- the proportion of such capital held by an individual shareholder
- the shares of a specified company or industry
- (formerly) the part of an account or tally given to a creditor
- the debt represented by this
- farm animals, such as cattle and sheep, bred and kept for their meat, skins, etc
- (as modifier)stock farming
- a rooted plant into which a scion is inserted during grafting
- a plant or stem from which cuttings are takenSee also rootstock
- a portion of metal cut from a bar upon which a specific process, such as forging, is to be carried out
- the material that is smelted in a blast furnace
- the repertoire of plays available to a repertory company
- (as modifier)a stock play
- stored on the premises or available for sale or use
- supplied with goods of a specified kind
- not immediately available for sale or use
- not having goods of a specified kind immediately available
- to make an inventory
- to make a general appraisal, esp of prospects, resources, etc
Word Origin for stock
"close-fitting garment covering the foot and leg," 1580s, from stocka "leg covering, stock," from Old English stocu "sleeve," related to Old English stocc "trunk, log" (see stock (n.1)). Probably so called because of a fancied resemblance of legs to tree trunks, or a reference to the punishing stocks. Cognates include Old Norse stuka, Old High German stuhha, from the same Proto-Germanic source. Restriction to women's hose is 20c. As a receptacle for Christmas presents, attested from 1853; hence stocking stuffer first recorded 1976.
Old English stocc "stump, post, stake, tree trunk, log," also "pillory" (usually plural, stocks), from Proto-Germanic *stukkaz "tree trunk" (cf. Old Norse stokkr "block of wood, trunk of a tree," Old Saxon, Old Frisian stok, Middle Dutch stoc "tree trunk, stump," Dutch stok "stick, cane," Old High German stoc "tree trunk, stick," German Stock "stick, cane;" also Dutch stuk, German Stück "piece"), from PIE *(s)teu- (see steep (adj.)).
Meaning "ancestry, family" (late 14c.) is a figurative use of the "tree trunk" sense (cf. family tree). This is also the root of the meaning "heavy part of a tool," and "part of a rifle held against the shoulder" (1540s). Stock, lock, and barrel "the whole of a thing" is recorded from 1817. Meaning "framework on which a boat was constructed" (early 15c.) led to figurative phrase on stocks "planned and commenced" (1660s). Stock-still (late 15c.) is literally "as still as a tree trunk."
"supply for future use" (early 15c.), "sum of money" (mid-15c.), Middle English developments of stock (n.1), but the ultimate sense connection is uncertain. Perhaps the notion is of the "trunk" from which gains are an outgrowth, or obsolete sense of "money-box" (c.1400). Meaning "subscribed capital of a corporation" is from 1610s.
Stock exchange is attested from 1773. In stock "in the possession of a trader" is from 1610s. Meaning "broth made by boiling meat or vegetables" is from 1764. Theatrical use, in reference to a company regularly acting together at a given theater, is attested from 1761. Taking stock "making an inventory" is attested from 1736. As the collective term for the movable property of a farm, it is recorded from 1510s; hence livestock.
"to supply (a store) with stock," 1620s, from stock (n.2). Related: Stocked; stocking.
in reference to conversation or literature, "recurring, commonplace" (e.g. stock phrase), 1738, from stock (n.2) on notion of "kept in store for constant use."
see in stock; lock, stock, and barrel; make a laughing stock of; take stock; take stock in.