Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A supply accumulated for future use; a store.
  • noun The total merchandise kept on hand by a merchant, commercial establishment, warehouse, or manufacturer.
  • noun All the animals kept or raised on a farm; livestock.
  • noun All the aquatic animals kept or raised in an aquaculture operation.
  • noun A population of wild animals, especially of a species that is also farmed.
  • noun A kind of financial security granting rights of ownership in a corporation, such as a claim to a portion of the assets and earnings of the corporation and the right to vote for the board of directors. Stock is issued and traded in units called shares.
  • noun The stock issued by a particular company.
  • noun Chiefly British The money invested in a corporation, including debt and equity.
  • noun Chiefly British A bond, especially a government bond.
  • noun The trunk or main stem of a tree or another plant.
  • noun A plant or stem onto which a graft is made.
  • noun A plant or tree from which cuttings and slips are taken.
  • noun The original progenitor of a family line.
  • noun The descendants of a common ancestor; a family line, especially of a specified character.
  • noun Ancestry or lineage; antecedents.
  • noun The type from which a group of animals or plants has descended.
  • noun A race, family, or other related group of animals or plants.
  • noun An ethnic group or other major division of the human race.
  • noun A group of related languages.
  • noun A group of related families of languages.
  • noun The raw material out of which something is made.
  • noun Paper used for printing.
  • noun The broth in which meat, fish, bones, or vegetables are simmered for a relatively long period, used as a base in preparing soup, gravy, or sauces.
  • noun A main upright part, especially a supporting structure or block.
  • noun Nautical The timber frame that supports a ship during construction.
  • noun A frame in which a horse or other animal is held for shoeing or for veterinary treatment.
  • noun A device consisting of a heavy timber frame with holes for confining the ankles and sometimes the wrists, formerly used for punishment.
  • noun Nautical A crosspiece at the end of the shank of an anchor.
  • noun The wooden block from which a bell is suspended.
  • noun The rear wooden, metal, or plastic handle or support of a rifle, pistol, or automatic weapon, to which the barrel and mechanism are attached.
  • noun The long supporting structure and mooring beam of field-gun carriages that trails along the ground to provide stability and support.
  • noun A handle, such as that of a whip, a fishing rod, or various carpentry tools.
  • noun The frame of a plow, to which the share, handles, coulter, and other parts are fastened.
  • noun A theatrical stock company.
  • noun The repertoire of such a company.
  • noun A theater or theatrical activity, especially outside of a main theatrical center.
  • noun Botany Any of several Eurasian and Mediterranean plants of the genus Matthiola in the mustard family, especially M. incana, widely cultivated for its clusters of showy, fragrant, variously colored flowers.
  • noun Games The portion of a pack of cards or of a group of dominoes that is not dealt out but is drawn from during a game.
  • noun Geology A body of intrusive igneous rock of which less than 100 square kilometers (40 square miles) is exposed.
  • noun Zoology A compound organism, such as a colony of zooids.
  • noun Personal reputation or status.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English stok, from Old English stocc, tree trunk. N., sense 18, short for stock-gillyflower (from their woody stems ).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English stocc, with modern senses mostly referring either to the trunk from which the tree grows (figuratively, its origin and/or support/foundation), or to a piece of wood, stick, or rod. How the senses of "supply" and "raw material" developed from these is unclear, however.

Examples

  • As the stock market extended its dramatic rebound from the 2007-09 bear market, the $169 million Aegis Value fund, managed by Scott Barbee, was No. 1 among actively managed funds in our quarterly contest, which ranks the 12-month returns of diversified U. S.-stock funds.

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  • As the stock market extended its dramatic rebound from the 2007-09 bear market, the $169 million Aegis Value fund, managed by Scott Barbee, was No. 1 among actively managed funds in our quarterly contest, which ranks the 12-month returns of diversified U. S.-stock funds.

    Value Managers Top the Charts

  • As the stock market extended its dramatic rebound from the 2007-09 bear market, the $169 million Aegis Value fund, managed by Scott Barbee, was No. 1 among actively managed funds in our quarterly contest, which ranks the 12-month returns of diversified U. S.-stock funds.

    Value Managers Top the Charts

  • In some cases tree size is determined by the stock and “dwarfing stock” is used to produce small, compact trees.

    5. How plants live and grow

  • A _bond_ is evidence of debt, specifying the interest, and stating when the principal shall be paid; a _certificate of stock_ is evidence that the owner is a part-owner in the corporation or company, not a creditor, and he has no right to regain his money except by the sale of his stock, or through the winding up of the company's business.

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  • The American _stock_ actors, as they term those who are not considered as _stars_, are better than our own; but were the theatres to depend upon stock actors they would be deserted -- the love of novelty is the chief inducement of the

    Diary in America, Series Two

  • Mr. Bates 'rule was, "breed in-and-in from a bad stock and you cause ruin and devastation, they must always be changing to keep even moderately in caste; but _if a good stock_ be selected, you may breed in-and-in as much as you please." [

    The Principles of Breeding or, Glimpses at the Physiological Laws involved in the Reproduction and Improvement of Domestic Animals

  • The draft shares other characteristics with the stock market including the boring nature of the event and the uncertainty of each "stock�? purchased.

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  • I think whether one prefers to be paid by it in stock or cash may much more reflect the risk/reward preferences and cash needs of the parties, than any rational caluclation about what the stock is actually worth.

    Executive Compensation, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Just like in stock trading we can set a price at below which the stock is sold automatically saving us from further losses; we can set a time period, say 15 minutes for which we are willin 'to wait.

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  • Also a flower; see also Virginia stock

    December 31, 2007

  • In Ashes Valley this evening I crawl under

            sheltering bushes

    Joined at the same stock, so close together they

            let no light through them...

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    September 28, 2008