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Definitions for stock

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word stock.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stocknoun

    the capital raised by a corporation through the issue of shares entitling holders to an ownership interest (equity)

    "he owns a controlling share of the company's stock"

  2. stock, inventorynoun

    the merchandise that a shop has on hand

    "they carried a vast inventory of hardware"; "they stopped selling in exact sizes in order to reduce inventory"

  3. stock, gunstocknoun

    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

    "the rifle had been fitted with a special stock"

  4. stock certificate, stocknoun

    a certificate documenting the shareholder's ownership in the corporation

    "the value of his stocks doubled during the past year"

  5. store, stock, fundnoun

    a supply of something available for future use

    "he brought back a large store of Cuban cigars"

  6. lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stocknoun

    the descendants of one individual

    "his entire lineage has been warriors"

  7. breed, strain, stocknoun

    a special variety of domesticated animals within a species

    "he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he created a new strain of sheep"

  8. broth, stocknoun

    liquid in which meat and vegetables are simmered; used as a basis for e.g. soups or sauces

    "she made gravy with a base of beef stock"

  9. stocknoun

    the reputation and popularity a person has

    "his stock was so high he could have been elected mayor"

  10. stock, caudexnoun

    persistent thickened stem of a herbaceous perennial plant

  11. stocknoun

    a plant or stem onto which a graft is made; especially a plant grown specifically to provide the root part of grafted plants

  12. stock, gillyflowernoun

    any of several Old World plants cultivated for their brightly colored flowers

  13. Malcolm stock, stocknoun

    any of various ornamental flowering plants of the genus Malcolmia

  14. stocknoun

    lumber used in the construction of something

    "they will cut round stock to 1-inch diameter"

  15. stocknoun

    the handle end of some implements or tools

    "he grabbed the cue by the stock"

  16. neckcloth, stocknoun

    an ornamental white cravat

  17. livestock, stock, farm animaladjective

    any animals kept for use or profit

  18. banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-wornadjective

    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

    "bromidic sermons"; "his remarks were trite and commonplace"; "hackneyed phrases"; "a stock answer"; "repeating threadbare jokes"; "parroting some timeworn axiom"; "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'"

  19. stockadjective


    "a stock answer"

  20. standard, stockverb

    regularly and widely used or sold

    "a standard size"; "a stock item"

  21. stock, carry, stockpileverb

    have on hand

    "Do you carry kerosene heaters?"

  22. stockverb

    equip with a stock

    "stock a rifle"

  23. stockverb

    supply with fish

    "stock a lake"

  24. stockverb

    supply with livestock

    "stock a farm"

  25. stock, buy in, stock upverb

    amass so as to keep for future use or sale or for a particular occasion or use

    "let's stock coffee as long as prices are low"

  26. stockverb

    provide or furnish with a stock of something

    "stock the larder with meat"

  27. sprout, stockverb

    put forth and grow sprouts or shoots

    "the plant sprouted early this year"


  1. stocknoun

    A store of goods ready for sale; inventory.

    We have a stock of televisions on hand.

  2. stocknoun

    A supply of anything ready for use.

    Lay in a stock of wood for the winter season.

  3. stocknoun

    Any of the several species of cruciferous flowers in the genus Matthiola.

  4. stocknoun

    Farm or ranch animals.

  5. stocknoun

    Railroad rolling stock.

  6. stocknoun

    The capital raised by a company through the issue of shares. The total of shares held by an individual shareholder.

  7. stocknoun

    The part of a rifle or shotgun that rests against the shooter's shoulder.

  8. stocknoun

    A bar going through an anchor, perpendicular to the flukes.

  9. stocknoun

    The axle attached to the rudder, which transfers the movement of the helm to the rudder.

  10. stockverb

    To have on hand for sale.

    The store stocks all kinds of dried vegetables.

  11. stocknoun

    Broth made from meat or vegetables, used as a basis for stew or soup.

  12. stocknoun

    The type of paper used in printing.

    The books were printed on a heavier stock this year.

  13. stocknoun

    A necktie or cravat, particularly a wide necktie popular in the eighteenth century, often seen today as a part of formal wear for horse riding competitions.

  14. stocknoun

    A cover for the legs; a stocking

  15. stocknoun

    In a card game, a stack of undealt cards made available to the players.

  16. stocknoun

    A pipe (vertical cylinder of ore)

  17. stocknoun

    lineage, family

  18. stockadjective

    Normally available for purchase.

  19. stockadjective

    Straightforward, plain, very basic

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STOCKnoun

    Etymology: stoc , Saxon; stock, Dutch; estoc, French.

    That furious beast
    His precious horn, sought of his enemies,
    Strikes in the stock, ne thence can be releas’d. Fa. Queen.

    There is hope of a tree, if cut down, that it will sprout again, though the root wax old in the earth, and the stock die in the ground. Job xiv. 8.

    The cion over-ruleth the stock quite; and the stock is but passive only, and giveth aliment but no motion to the graft. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    As fruits, ungrateful to the planter’s care,
    On savage stocks inserted, learn to bear;
    The surest virtues thus from passions shoot,
    Wild nature’s vigour working at the root. Alexander Pope.

    That they kept thy truth so pure of old,
    When all our fathers worshipp’d stocks and stones,
    Forget not. John Milton.

    Why all this fury? What’s the matter,
    That oaks must come from Thrace to dance?
    Must stupid stocks be taught to flatter?
    And is there no such wood in France? Matthew Prior.

    What tyranny is this, my heart to thrall,
    And eke my tongue with proud restraint to tie,
    That neither I may speak nor think at all,
    But like a stupid stock in silence die? Edmund Spenser.

    While we admire
    This virtue and this moral discipline,
    Let’s be no stoicks, nor no stocks. William Shakespeare.

    Fresh supplies of ships,
    And such as fitted since the fight had been,
    Or new from stocks were fall’n into the road. Dryden.

    To see thee here, to see thee there; to see thee pass thy puncto, thy stock, thy reverse. William Shakespeare.

    His lackey with a linen stock on one leg, and a kersey boothose on the other. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    Say what stock he springs of. ——
    —— The noble house of Marcius. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    His early virtues to that ancient stock
    Gave as much honour as from thence he took. Edmund Waller.

    The like shall sing
    All prophesy, that of the royal stock
    Of David, so I name this king, shall rise
    A son, the woman’s seed. John Milton.

    Thou hast seen one world begin, and end,
    And man, as from a second stock, proceed. John Milton.

    To no human stock
    We owe this fierce unkindness; but the rock,
    That cloven rock produc’d thee. Edmund Waller.

    Thy mother was no goddess, nor thy stock
    From Dardanus; but in some horrid rock,
    Perfidious wretch, rough Caucasus thee bred. John Denham.

    Prodigal men
    Feel not their own stock wasting. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    Let the exportation of home commodities be more in value than the importation of foreign; so the stock of the kingdom shall yearly increase; for then the balance of trade must be returned in money or bullion. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    A king, against a storm, must foresee to a convenient stock of treasure. Francis Bacon.

    ’Tis the place where God promises and delights to dispense larger proportions of his favour, that he may fix a mark of honour on his sanctuary, and recommend it to the sons of men, upon the stock of their own interest as well as his own glory. South.

    Some honour of your own acquire;
    Add to that stock, which justly we bestow,
    Of those blest shades to whom you all things owe. Dryden.

    Yet was she not profuse; but fear’d to waste,
    And wisely manag’d that the stock might last;
    That all might be supply’d, and she not grieve,
    When crouds appear’d, she had not to relieve;
    Which to prevent, she still increas’d her store;
    Laid up, and spar’d, that she might give the more. Dryden.

    Beneath one law bees live,
    And with one common stock their traffick drive:
    All is the state’s, the state provides for all. John Dryden, Georg.

    If parents die without actually transferring their right to another, why does it not return to the common stock of mankind? John Locke.

    When we brought it out it took such a quantity of air into its lungs, that it swelled almost twice as big as before; and it was perhaps on this stock of air that it lived a minute longer the second time. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Be ready to give, and glad to distribute, by setting apart something out of thy stock for the use of some charities. Francis Atterbury.

    Of those stars, which our imperfect eye
    Has doom’d and fix’d to one eternal sky,
    Each by a native stock of honour great,
    May dart strong influence, and diffuse kind heat. Matthew Prior.

    They had law-suits; but, though they spent their income, they never mortgaged the stock. Arbuthnot.

    A great benefit such a natural history, as may be confided in, will prove to the whole stock of learned mankind. Joseph Glanvill.

    Nor do those ills on single bodies prey;
    But oftner bring the nation to decay,
    And sweep the present stock and future hope away. Dryd.

    He proposes to himself no small stock of fame in future ages, in being the first who has undertaken this design. Arbuthnot.

    an artificial wealth of funds and stocks was in the hands of those who had been plundering the publick. Jonathan Swift.

    Statesman and patriot ply alike the stocks,
    Peeress and butler share alike the box. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Stockverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    If a man will commit such rules to his memory, and stock his mind with portions of Scripture answerable to all the heads of duty, his conscience can never be at a loss. South.

    I, who before with shepherds in the groves,
    Sung to my oaten pipe their rural loves,
    Manur’d the glebe, and stock’d the fruitful plain. Dryden.

    The world begun to be stocked with people, and human industry drained those uninhabitable places. Burnet.

    Springs and rivers are by large supplies continually stocked with water. John Woodward.

    Call not your stocks for me: I serve the king,
    On whose employment I was sent to you:
    You shall do small respect, shew too bold malice
    Against the grace and person of my master,
    Stocking his messenger. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The wild boar not only spoils her branches, but stocks up her roots. Decay of Piety.


  1. stock

    Stock refers to a type of investment that signifies ownership in a corporation or company and represents a claim on part of the company's assets and earnings. There are two main types: common stock and preferred stock. The size of the claim is determined by the number and type of shares that a person or entity owns. Stock is also commonly referred to as shares or equity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stocknoun

    the stem, or main body, of a tree or plant; the fixed, strong, firm part; the trunk

  2. Stocknoun

    the stem or branch in which a graft is inserted

  3. Stocknoun

    a block of wood; something fixed and solid; a pillar; a firm support; a post

  4. Stocknoun

    hence, a person who is as dull and lifeless as a stock or post; one who has little sense

  5. Stocknoun

    the principal supporting part; the part in which others are inserted, or to which they are attached

  6. Stocknoun

    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

  7. Stocknoun

    the handle or contrivance by which bits are held in boring; a bitstock; a brace

  8. Stocknoun

    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

  9. Stocknoun

    the wooden or iron crosspiece to which the shank of an anchor is attached. See Illust. of Anchor

  10. Stocknoun

    the support of the block in which an anvil is fixed, or of the anvil itself

  11. Stocknoun

    a handle or wrench forming a holder for the dies for cutting screws; a diestock

  12. Stocknoun

    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

  13. Stocknoun

    the original progenitor; also, the race or line of a family; the progenitor of a family and his direct descendants; lineage; family

  14. Stocknoun

    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

  15. Stocknoun

    same as Stock account, below

  16. Stocknoun

    supply provided; store; accumulation; especially, a merchant's or manufacturer's store of goods; as, to lay in a stock of provisions

  17. Stocknoun

    domestic animals or beasts collectively, used or raised on a farm; as, a stock of cattle or of sheep, etc.; -- called also live stock

  18. Stocknoun

    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

  19. Stocknoun

    a thrust with a rapier; a stoccado

  20. Stocknoun

    a covering for the leg, or leg and foot; as, upper stocks (breeches); nether stocks (stockings)

  21. Stocknoun

    a kind of stiff, wide band or cravat for the neck; as, a silk stock

  22. Stocknoun

    a frame of timber, with holes in which the feet, or the feet and hands, of criminals were formerly confined by way of punishment

  23. Stocknoun

    the frame or timbers on which a ship rests while building

  24. Stocknoun

    red and gray bricks, used for the exterior of walls and the front of buildings

  25. Stocknoun

    any cruciferous plant of the genus Matthiola; as, common stock (Matthiola incana) (see Gilly-flower); ten-weeks stock (M. annua)

  26. Stocknoun

    an irregular metalliferous mass filling a large cavity in a rock formation, as a stock of lead ore deposited in limestone

  27. Stocknoun

    a race or variety in a species

  28. Stocknoun

    in tectology, an aggregate or colony of persons (see Person), as trees, chains of salpae, etc

  29. Stocknoun

    the beater of a fulling mill

  30. Stocknoun

    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

  31. Stockverb

    to lay up; to put aside for future use; to store, as merchandise, and the like

  32. Stockverb

    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

  33. Stockverb

    to suffer to retain milk for twenty-four hours or more previous to sale, as cows

  34. Stockverb

    to put in the stocks

  35. Stockadjective

    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


  1. Stock

    The capital stock of an incorporated business constitutes the equity stake of its owners. It represents the residual assets of the company that would be due to stockholders after discharge of all senior claims such as secured and unsecured debt. Stockholders' equity cannot be withdrawn from the company in a way that is intended to be detrimental to the company's creditors.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stock

    stok, n. something stuck or thrust in: the stem of a tree or plant: the trunk which receives a graft: a post, a log: anything fixed solid and senseless: a stupid person: the crank-shaped handle of a centre-bit: the wood in which the barrel of a firearm is fixed: the cross-piece of timber into which the shank of an anchor is inserted: the part to which others are attached: the original progenitor: family: a fund, capital, shares of a public debt: store: the cattle, horses, and other useful animals kept on a farm: the liquor or broth obtained by boiling meat, the foundation for soup: a stiff band worn as a cravat, often fastened with a buckle at the back: (pl.) an instrument in which the legs of offenders were confined: the frame for a ship while building: the public funds.—v.t. to store: to supply: to fill: to supply with domestic animals or stock: to refrain from milking cows for 24 hours or more previous to sale.—adj. kept in stock, standing.—ns. Stock′breed′er, one who raises live-stock; Stock′broker, a broker who deals in stocks or shares; Stock′broking, the business of a stockbroker; Stock′-dove, the wild pigeon of Europe; Stock′-ep′ithet, any ordinary and conventional epithet; Stock′-exchange′, the place where stocks are bought and sold: an association of sharebrokers and dealers; Stock′-farm′er, a farmer who rears live-stock, as cattle, &c.; Stock′-feed′er, one who feeds or fattens live-stock; Stock′holder, one who holds stocks in the public funds, or in a company; Stock′-in-trade, the whole goods a shopkeeper keeps on sale: a person's mental resources; Stock′-job′ber; Stock′-job′bery, -job′bing, speculating in stocks; Stock′-list, a list of stocks and current prices regularly issued; Stock′man, a herdsman who has the charge of stock on a sheep-run in Australia; Stock′-mar′ket, a market for the sale of stocks, the stock-exchange; Stock′-pot, the pot in which the stock for soup is kept; Stock′-rid′er, a herdsman on an Australian station; Stock′-sadd′le, a saddle with heavy tree and iron horn; Stock′-stā′tion, a station where stock and cattle are reared; Stock′-whip, a whip with short handle and long lash for use in herding; Stock′work, a deposit in which the ore is distributed all over it; Stock′yard, a large yard with pens, stables, &c. where cattle are kept for slaughter, market, &c.—Take stock, to make an inventory of goods on hand: to make an estimate of; Take stock in, to take a share in, to put confidence in. [A.S. stocc, a stick; Ger. stock.]

  2. Stock

    stok, n. a favourite garden-flower. [Orig. called stock-gillyflower, to distinguish it from the stemless clove-pink, called the gillyflower.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. stock

    The whole of the wooden part of a musket or pistol. Also, the neck-gear of a soldier, generally of black leather, answering the double purpose of keeping the cold out and the soldier’s head up.

  2. stock

    See Ordnance, Carriages for, Caisson.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Stock

    This flower received its name from the circumstance that it was largely sold in the Stocks Market (so called on account of a pair of stocks that stood there), on part of the site of which the Mansion House was erected in 1737.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STOCK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stock is ranked #2832 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stock surname appeared 12,722 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Stock.

    94.9% or 12,074 total occurrences were White.
    2.1% or 272 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 191 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 70 total occurrences were Black.
    0.5% or 69 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 46 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stock' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1368

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stock' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1677

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stock' in Nouns Frequency: #494

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stock in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of stock in a Sentence

  1. Luis Aguilar:

    By allowing corporate insiders to protect themselves from stock declines while retaining the opportunity to benefit from stock price appreciation, hedging transactions could permit individuals to receive incentive compensation, even where the company fails to perform and the stock value drops, in the absence of this proposed disclosure, shareholders may not be aware of the executive officers’ and directors’ true economic exposure to the company’s equity.

  2. Charles Caleb Colton:

    We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine but if we defer tasting them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.

  3. Luis Aguilar:

    By allowing corporate insiders to protect themselves from stock declines while retaining the opportunity to benefit from stock price appreciation, hedging transactions could permit individuals to receive incentive compensation, even where the company fails to perform and the stock value drops, in the absence of this proposed disclosure, shareholders may not be aware of the executive officers' and directors' true economic exposure to the company's equity.

  4. Todd Rosenbluth:

    Based on the names and country profiles, it should seem they are offering you the same exposure, but they track different indices, their country exposure is going to be different, and that exposure difference helps explain why they perform differently. So far, the discrepancy has helped The Vanguard fund, Todd Rosenbluth said, although both funds have taken a hit since the end of June, when the Shanghai Composite Index. SSEC started falling. Since then, The Vanguard fund has lost 11.65 percent, while the iShares fund has fallen 12.45 percent. Year to date, The Vanguard fund is down 6.97 percent, and the iShares fund is down 8.89 percent. Chinese shares have been falling on fears that the nation's economy may slow well beyond the 7 percent growth rate that analysts had earlier suggested would be a bottom for that market. China has moved to weaken its currency to bolster its economy and share prices. The difference between the two funds is expected to widen because the two different indexes they follow will be treating Chinese stocks differently. Financial Times Stock Exchange, the Financial Times Stock Exchange, plans to begin adding onshore Chinese equities, known as A-shares, to Financial Times Stock Exchange broad emerging markets indexes, which Vanguard follows. The Vanguard benchmark, the FTSE Emerging Index, now has approximately 26 percent exposure to China, according to the mutual fund company. In June, Vanguard said it would begin shifting to a new Financial Times Stock Exchange index later this year. The new index will have a 29 percent exposure to China, including a 5.6 percent exposure to A-shares. MSCI Inc( MSCI.N), however, said in June that it was not ready to include the A-shares in its two emerging market indexes.

  5. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Mark this golden words that stock market will not rise up as many fools have invested their money seeing 50% fall. But those fools do not understand that Stock market operators albeit companies have this data and therefore they will make prices further fall may be over 50% more. They do not care even if whole people become pauper and come on street and even if stock market goes to dump with humongous unemployment all over

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Translations for stock

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  • مخزونArabic
  • zásoba, pažba, akcieCzech
  • Brühe, vorrätig, Vieh, Aktie, verfügbar, Kolben, Vorrat, LagerGerman
  • στερεότυπος, ζώα, ζωντανά, ζωμός, διαθέσιμος, ετοιμοπαράδοτος, απόθεμα, στοκ, μετοχή, κοντάκι, χαρτόνι, μάνα, διαθέτωGreek
  • disponible, surtido, acción, reserva, ganado, caldo, en almacénSpanish
  • liemi, varasto, osakepääoma, tukki, peräsinakseli, paperilaatu, karja, [[pitää]] [[varastossa]]Finnish
  • stock, réserve, crosse, violier, giroflée des jardins, pioche, matthiole, jas, bétail, actionFrench
  • stocIrish
  • מלאיHebrew
  • árukészletHungarian
  • persediaanIndonesian
  • affusto, partita, riserva, deposito, magazzino, armento, azione, stock, negozio, violacciocca, bestiameItalian
  • 株式, 在庫, 備蓄, 株Japanese
  • 재고, 비축, 가축, 주식Korean
  • AktieLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • prece, laideLatvian
  • raparapaMāori
  • lager, aksjeNorwegian
  • violier, violet, kolf, voorradige, stock, vooradig, aandeel, in voorraad, voorraad, op stock, reserve, op stock houden, in stock hebben, voorradig zijnDutch
  • lager, aksjeNorwegian Nynorsk
  • gado, ação, coronha, estoque, reservaPortuguese
  • ассортиме́нт, скот, це́нная бума́га, фонд, шток, га́лстук, коло́да, ба́ллер, бульо́н, запа́с, поголо́вье, а́кция, прикла́д, [[мясно́й]] [[отва́р]], ста́пельRussian
  • statok, dobytok, zásoba, zdroj, pažba, bujón, akcia, vývarSlovak
  • delnica, živinaSlovene
  • lager, stereotyp, förråd, aktie, kolv, lagraSwedish
  • தொகைTamil
  • หุ้นThai
  • запасUkrainian
  • matiol, hitüpamatiolVolapük
  • 股票Chinese

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    emerged from an egg
    • A. reassuring
    • B. nasty
    • C. abrupt
    • D. hatched

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