- 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
Examples from the Web for stocks
But when he saw that all his neighbours were also heading to the stores for stocks, he changed his mind.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?|Niqash|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Commercially, stocks, advertising, publishing, the early radio industry—all that stuff was still downtown.
It reminds me of the days when people were put in stocks in the square.Private Prisons Rule With Little Oversight on America’s Border|Caitlin Dickson|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Investors liquidating Russian stocks have pushed the main stock market index down more than 20 percent since last October.Flex Muscle Spending Has Left Putin’s Russia in an Economic Freeze Frame|Daniel Gross|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of the more fascinating bits of the book has to do with the proliferation of exchanges on which stocks can be traded.
He wished to give time to the planters to recruit their stocks.The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the|Thomas Clarkson
The price of stocks had reached fabulous figures and still soared to greater heights.The Root of Evil|Thomas Dixon
Careful reading of the pamphlet, however, shows that these stocks are not a part of the exchange list.Twenty Years a Detective in the Wickedest City in the World|Clifton R. Wooldridge
First, its own stock, then a great variety of stocks were taken; and when the bank went into liquidation, its own stock was gone!Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
"Damn the stocks," began Mr. Stirn, plunging right in medias res, and by a fine use of one of the noblest figures of rhetoric.
British Dictionary definitions for stocks (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for stocks (2 of 2)
- (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
Word Origin and History for stocks (1 of 5)
instrument of punishment, early 14c., from stock (n.1).
Word Origin and History for stocks (1 of 5)
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."
Word Origin and History for stocks (2 of 5)
"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.
Word Origin and History for stocks (3 of 5)
"to supply (a store) with stock," 1620s, from stock (n.2). Related: Stocked; stocking.
Word Origin and History for stocks (4 of 5)
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."
Science definitions for stocks
Culture definitions for stocks
Idioms and Phrases with stocks
see in stock; lock, stock, and barrel; make a laughing stock of; take stock; take stock in.