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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stocksnoun

    a frame that supports a boat while it is under construction

  2. stocksnoun

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

  3. stocksnoun

    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. stocksnoun

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

  2. stocksnoun

    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.

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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. Kirill Pyshkin:

    A lot of the European stocks in our portfolio have already hit the targets we've had for them. At this point, we're buyers of puts as protection, the market seems too optimistic about the prospect for a Greek deal. The government has been elected to dump austerity, and Greek people don't care about the duration of the country's bonds, they care about jobs and salaries, so the standoff can last more than the market thinks.

  2. Phil Orlando:

    The knee-jerk reaction on the Fed lift-off is negative, we think the Fed lift-off is a positive for the economy and stocks, because it means the Fed is rubber-stamping the fact they truly believe the economy is strong enough.

  3. Chen Zhizhong:

    The problem with this market is that there's no fresh money flowing in, the MSCI move could affect Hong Kong stocks negatively; foreign interest in Hong Kong stocks is subdued by an expected Fed rate hike later this year; and mainland investors are looking on the sidelines amid political uncertainty.

  4. Ed Moya:

    It’s amazing how sensitive we are to the slightest tweaking of when and how big the stimulus will be, stocks are going to start to price in a bigger economic relief package from the Biden administration.

  5. Christian Stocker:

    We have seen some mixed earnings reports today, however disappointing results from companies such as UPM-Kymmene have eclipsed some positive results, the broader stocks market's recent uptrend remains intact, but we need to see a further improvement in company earnings for the trend to remain firmly in place in the coming weeks.

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    excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
    • A. dependable
    • B. opaque
    • C. nasty
    • D. frantic

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