Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) any animals kept for use or profit
  2. (noun, artifact) an ornamental white cravat
  3. (noun, artifact) the merchandise that a shop has on hand
    they stopped selling in exact sizes in order to reduce inventory
  4. (noun, artifact) the handle end of some implements or tools
  5. (noun, artifact) 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
  6. (noun, artifact) lumber used in the construction of something
  7. (noun, food) liquid in which meat and vegetables are simmered; used as a basis for e.g. soups or sauces
  8. (noun, group) a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
    he created a new strain of sheep
  9. (noun, group) the descendants of one individual
  10. (noun, plant) any of various ornamental flowering plants of the genus Malcolmia
  11. (noun, plant) any of several Old World plants cultivated for their brightly colored flowers
  12. (noun, plant) a plant or stem onto which a graft is made; especially a plant grown specifically to provide the root part of grafted plants
  13. (noun, plant) persistent thickened stem of a herbaceous perennial plant
  14. (noun, possession) the capital raised by a corporation through the issue of shares entitling holders to an ownership interest (equity)
  15. (noun, possession) a supply of something available for future use
  16. (noun, possession) a certificate documenting the shareholder's ownership in the corporation
  17. (noun, state) the reputation and popularity a person has
  18. (verb, body) put forth and grow sprouts or shoots
  19. (verb, possession) have on hand
  20. (verb, possession) provide or furnish with a stock of something
  21. (verb, possession) amass so as to keep for future use or sale or for a particular occasion or use
  22. (verb, possession) supply with livestock
  23. (verb, possession) supply with fish
  24. (verb, possession) equip with a stock
  25. (adj, all) repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
    his remarks were trite and commonplace
    hackneyed phrases
    a stock answer
    repeating threadbare jokes
    parroting some timeworn axiom
    the trite metaphor `hard as nails'
  26. (adj, all) regularly and widely used or sold
    a stock item
  27. (adj, all) routine

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Stock

  1. O.E. stocc "stump, post, stake, tree trunk, log," also "pillory" (usually plural, stocks), from P.Gmc. *stukkaz "tree trunk" (cf. O.N. stokkr "block of wood, trunk of a tree," O.S., O.Fris. stok, M.Du. stoc "tree trunk, stump," Du. stok "stick, cane," O.H.G. stoc "tree trunk, stick," Ger. Stock "stick, cane;" also D… more
  2. "supply for future use" (1428), "sum of money" (1463), M.E. 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 obs. sense of "money-box" (c.1400). Meaning "subscribed capital of a corporation" is from 1612. Stock-broker is from 1706; stock exchange is from 1773. Th… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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