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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stocks(noun)

    a frame that supports a boat while it is under construction

  2. stocks(noun)

    a frame for constraining an animal while it is receiving veterinary attention or while being shod

  3. stocks(noun)

    a former instrument of punishment consisting of a heavy timber frame with holes in which the feet (and sometimes the hands) of an offender could be locked


  1. stocks(Noun)

    A device, similar to a pillory, formerly used for public humiliation and punishment.

  2. stocks(Noun)

    Plural form of stock.


  1. Stocks

    Stocks are devices used internationally, in medieval, Renaissance and colonial American times as a form of physical punishment involving public humiliation. The stocks partially immobilized its victims and they were often exposed in a public place such as the site of a market to the scorn of those who passed by. Since the purpose of putting offenders in the stocks was to expose them to ridicule and mockery, passers-by were encouraged to throw mud, rotten eggs, moldy fruit and vegetables, smelly fish, offal, and excrement at those being punished.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    An unreliable commodity bought and sold by gamblers. If you win, it's an investment; if you lose, a speculation.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stocks

    A frame of blocks and shores whereon to build shipping. It has a gradual declivity towards the water.

How to pronounce stocks?

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How to say stocks in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stocks in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stocks in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of stocks in a Sentence

  1. Rohan Walsh:

    There is an implied margin squeeze, to buy the stocks, I'd want a bigger discount.

  2. Rick Meckler:

    Stocks already reflect a pretty positive outlook for earnings.

  3. Fergal Smith:

    It's profit-taking after a good run this week...after the July trough, risk appetite has improved broadly with Chinese stocks having stabilized and Greece having reached a deal with its creditors.

  4. Matt Smith:

    A drop in refinery utilization helped to offset lower imports, leading to a solid build to crude inventories, despite lower refinery runs, gasoline stocks still showed a build, with throughput edging lower on the prior week.

  5. Kenneth Broux:

    This is a very difficult period for the market with oil prices rising and risk sentiment healing, but inflation expectations and bond yields not responding, we had the big fall in dollar/yen because investors were selling into bounces all the time regardless of what was happening in stocks, no matter what the BOJ was saying or doing.

Images & Illustrations of stocks

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. suffuse
    • B. descant
    • C. abet
    • D. gloat

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