from The Century Dictionary.

  • See stock, 12.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun plurale tantum A device, similar to a pillory, formerly used for public humiliation and punishment.
  • noun Plural form of stock.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of stock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a frame for constraining an animal while it is receiving veterinary attention or while being shod
  • noun a frame that supports a boat while it is under construction
  • 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


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  • Captured at Yorktown, "1030 black stocks." These were neck-stocks, similar to today's neckties in that both are men's accessories tied around the neck over the shirt. Stocks were not, however, shaped or tied the same way neckties are, and were usually made out of simple linen. Black stocks were worn mostly by men in the military.

    October 29, 2007