Businessa supply of goods kept on hand by a merchant, etc., for sale to customers; inventory: [countable]a good stock of computers.[uncountable; in/out of + ~]The store keeps lots of replacement parts in stock.
a quantity of something kept, as for future use:[countable]a good stock of tuna fish cans in the cupboard.
Businessshares of a company that are divided and sold to its members: [uncountable]He had stock in that company before its value increased.[countable]investing in stocks and bonds.
Botany, Animal Husbandry, Zoologya race or other related group of people, animals, plants, etc., from the same or a similar source: [uncountable]He comes from healthy Norwegian farmer stock.[countable]She classified the Indo-European stock of languages.
[countable] the handle of a whip, fishing rod, etc.
Businessa supply of goods kept on hand for sale to customers by a merchant, distributor, manufacturer, etc.; inventory.
a quantity of something accumulated, as for future use:a stock of provisions.
Show Business[Theat.]a stock company:a job in summer stock.
the outstanding capital of a company or corporation.
the shares of a particular company or corporation.
the certificate of ownership of such stock; stock certificate.
(formerly) a tally or stick used in transactions between a debtor and a creditor.
BotanyAlso called understock. in grafting, a stem in which the bud or scion is inserted.
Botanya stem, tree, or plant that furnishes slips or cuttings; stock plant.
Agriculture, Botanythe trunk or main stem of a tree or other plant, as distinguished from roots and branches.
Agriculture, Botany, Animal Husbandry, Zoologythe type from which a group of animals or plants has been derived.
Botany, Animal Husbandry, Zoologya race or other related group of animals or plants.
the person from whom a given line of descent is derived; the original progenitor.
Physical Anthropologya line of descent; a tribe, race, or ethnic group.
Language Varieties, Linguistics[Ling.]a category consisting of language families that, because of resemblances in grammatical structure and vocabulary, are considered likely to be related by common origin. Cf. family (def. 14), phylum (def. 2).
Linguisticsany grouping of related languages.
the handle of a whip, fishing rod, etc.
the wooden or metal piece to which the barrel and mechanism of a rifle are attached.
a part of an automatic weapon, as a machine gun, similar in position or function.
Botany, Agriculturethe trunk or stump of a tree, left standing.
a dull or stupid person.
something lifeless or senseless.
the main upright part of anything, esp. a supporting structure.
a former instrument of punishment consisting of a framework with holes for securing the ankles and, sometimes, the wrists, used to expose an offender to public derision. Cf. pillory (def. 1).
a frame in which a horse or other animal is secured in a standing position for shoeing or for a veterinary operation.
the frame on which a boat rests while under construction.
, Nautical, Naval Termsa vertical shaft forming part of a rudder and controlling the rudder's movement.
, Nautical, Naval Termsa transverse piece of wood or metal near the ring on some anchors. See diag. under anchor.
Buildingthe metal or wooden body of a carpenter's plane.
material being smelted in a blast furnace.
a metal piece to be forged.
Printinga specified quality or kind of paper:glossy stock;card stock;offset stock.
Printingthe paper for printing a particular job:We don't have enough stock for that large a run.
the raw material from which something is made.
Printing[Papermaking.]stuff (def. 15).
Food[Cookery.]the liquor or broth prepared by boiling meat, fish, chicken, etc., with or without vegetables or seasonings, and used esp. as a foundation for soups and sauces.
any of several plants belonging to the genus Matthiola, of the mustard family, esp. M. incana, having fragrant white, blue, purple, reddish, or yellowish flowers.
Botanya rhizome or rootstock.
Zoologya compound organism, as a colony of corals.
Clothinga collar or a neckcloth fitting like a band around the neck.
Games[Cards.]the portion of a pack of cards that, in certain games, is not dealt out to the players, but is left on the table, to be drawn from as occasion requires.
Buildingan adjustable wrench for holding dies for cutting screws.
Rail TransportSee rolling stock.
Games[Dominoes.]boneyard (def. 3).
Informal TermsSee stock car (def. 1).
Religion[Rom. Cath. Ch.]one of a set of three metal containers for holy oil.
Mining, Geology[Geol., Mining.]an irregular igneous intrusion, usually an offshoot of a batholith, often mineralized.
[Obs.]the frame of a plow to which the share, handles, etc., are attached.
in stock, on hand for use or sale:There are no more blue skirts in stock.
lock, stock, and barrel. See lock1 (def. 12).
on the stocks:
under construction, as esp. a ship.
in progress or preparation:a new novel on the stocks.
Businessout of stock, lacking a supply of, esp. temporarily:We are out of stock in this item.
take or put stock in, to put confidence in or attach importance to; believe; trust:Considering his general unreliability, I can't take stock in what he has told you.
Businessto make an inventory of stock on hand.
to make an appraisal of resources or prospects:She took stock of her decorating scheme and decided it was time for a change.
kept regularly on hand, as for use or sale; staple; standard:stock articles.
having as one's job the care of a concern's goods:a stock clerk.
of the common or ordinary type; in common use:a stock argument.
banal; commonplace:a stock remark.
Animal Husbandrypertaining to or designating the breeding and raising of livestock:stock farming.
Dialect Terms, Animal Husbandry[Southern U.S.](chiefly Southern Appalachian and South Atlantic States). (of farm animals) being a fully grown male:a stock hog.
of or pertaining to the stock of a company or corporation:a stock report.
Show Businesspertaining to a stock company.
Show Businessappearing together in a repertoire, as a company.
Show Businessforming part of a repertoire, as a play.
Show Businessbeing a character type fixed by convention, as in the commedia dell'-arte, a harlequinade, minstrel show, or the like.
Informal Termsof, pertaining to, or characteristic of a stock car.
to furnish with a stock or supply.
to furnish with stock, as a farm with horses, cattle, etc.
to lay up in store, as for future use.
to fasten to or provide with a stock, as a rifle, plow, bell, anchor, etc.
to put in the stocks as a punishment.
to lay in a stock of something (often fol. by up).
bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English; Old English stoc(c) stump, stake, post, log; cognate with German Stock, Old Norse stokkr tree-trunk; (verb, verbal) derivative of the noun, nominal
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged store, provision, reserve.
11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lineage, family.
(formerly) the part of a plough to which the irons and handles were attached
the main upright part of a supporting structure
a liquid or broth in which meat, fish, bones, or vegetables have been simmered for a long time
film material before exposure and processing
Also called:gillyflowerany of several plants of the genus Matthiola, such as M. incana and M. bicornis (evening or night-scented stock), of the Mediterranean region, cultivated for their brightly coloured flowers: Brassicaceae (crucifers)
Virginian stock ⇒ a similar and related North American plant, Malcolmia maritima
a long usually white neckcloth wrapped around the neck, worn in the 18th century and as part of modern riding dress
the repertoire of plays available to a repertory company
(as modifier): a stock play
(on some types of anchors) a crosspiece at the top of the shank under the ring
the centre of a wheel
an exposed igneous intrusion that is smaller in area than a batholith
(prenominal) being a cliché; hackneyed: a stock phrase
(transitive) to keep (goods) for sale
(intr; usually followed by up or up on) to obtain a store of (something) for future use or sale: to stock up on beer
(transitive) to supply with live animals, fish, etc: to stock a farm
(intransitive) (of a plant) to put forth new shoots
(transitive) obsoleteto punish by putting in the stocks
See alsostocksEtymology: Old English stocc trunk (of a tree), stem, stick (the various senses developed from these meanings, as trunk of a tree, hence line of descent; structures made of timber; a store of timber or other goods for future use, hence an aggregate of goods, animals, etc); related to Old Saxon, Old High German stock stick, stump