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Definition of Stock

Stock

  1. Raw material; that out of which something is manufactured; as, paper stock.
  2. A plain soap which is made into toilet soap by adding perfumery, coloring matter, etc.
  3. The stem, or main body, of a tree or plant; the fixed, strong, firm part; the trunk.
  4. The stem or branch in which a graft is inserted.
  5. A block of wood; something fixed and solid; a pillar; a firm support; a post.
  6. Hence, a person who is as dull and lifeless as a stock or post; one who has little sense.
  7. The principal supporting part; the part in which others are inserted, or to which they are attached.
  8. The wood to which the barrel, lock, etc., of a musket or like firearm are secured; also, a long, rectangular piece of wood, which is an important part of several forms of gun carriage.
  9. The handle or contrivance by which bits are held in boring; a bitstock; a brace.
  10. The block of wood or metal frame which constitutes the body of a plane, and in which the plane iron is fitted; a plane stock.
  11. The wooden or iron crosspiece to which the shank of an anchor is attached. See Illust. of Anchor.
  12. The support of the block in which an anvil is fixed, or of the anvil itself.
  13. A handle or wrench forming a holder for the dies for cutting screws; a diestock.
  14. The part of a tally formerly struck in the exchequer, which was delivered to the person who had lent the king money on account, as the evidence of indebtedness. See Counterfoil.
  15. The original progenitor; also, the race or line of a family; the progenitor of a family and his direct descendants; lineage; family.
  16. Money or capital which an individual or a firm employs in business; fund; in the United States, the capital of a bank or other company, in the form of transferable shares, each of a certain amount; money funded in government securities, called also the public funds; in the plural, property consisting of shares in joint-stock companies, or in the obligations of a government for its funded debt; -- so in the United States, but in England the latter only are called stocks, and the former shares.
  17. Same as Stock account, below.
  18. Supply provided; store; accumulation; especially, a merchant's or manufacturer's store of goods; as, to lay in a stock of provisions.
  19. Domestic animals or beasts collectively, used or raised on a farm; as, a stock of cattle or of sheep, etc.; -- called also live stock.
  20. That portion of a pack of cards not distributed to the players at the beginning of certain games, as gleek, etc., but which might be drawn from afterward as occasion required; a bank.
  21. A thrust with a rapier; a stoccado.
  22. A covering for the leg, or leg and foot; as, upper stocks (breeches); nether stocks (stockings).
  23. A kind of stiff, wide band or cravat for the neck; as, a silk stock.
  24. A frame of timber, with holes in which the feet, or the feet and hands, of criminals were formerly confined by way of punishment.
  25. The frame or timbers on which a ship rests while building.
  26. Red and gray bricks, used for the exterior of walls and the front of buildings.
  27. Any cruciferous plant of the genus Matthiola; as, common stock (Matthiola incana) (see Gilly-flower); ten-weeks stock (M. annua).
  28. An irregular metalliferous mass filling a large cavity in a rock formation, as a stock of lead ore deposited in limestone.
  29. A race or variety in a species.
  30. In tectology, an aggregate or colony of persons (see Person), as trees, chains of salpae, etc.
  31. The beater of a fulling mill.
  32. A liquid or jelly containing the juices and soluble parts of meat, and certain vegetables, etc., extracted by cooking; -- used in making soup, gravy, etc.
  33. To lay up; to put aside for future use; to store, as merchandise, and the like.
  34. To provide with material requisites; to store; to fill; to supply; as, to stock a warehouse, that is, to fill it with goods; to stock a farm, that is, to supply it with cattle and tools; to stock land, that is, to occupy it with a permanent growth, especially of grass.
  35. To suffer to retain milk for twenty-four hours or more previous to sale, as cows.
  36. To put in the stocks.
  37. Used or employed for constant service or application, as if constituting a portion of a stock or supply; standard; permanent; standing; as, a stock actor; a stock play; a stock sermon.

Stock Quotations

Agriculture is not crop production as popular belief holds - it's the production of food and fiber from the world's land and waters. Without agriculture it is not possible to have a city, stock market, banks, university, church or army. Agriculture is the foundation of civilization and any stable economy.
Allan Savory

I bought a company in the mid-'90s called Dexter Shoe and paid $400 million for it. And it went to zero. And I gave about $400 million worth of Berkshire stock, which is probably now worth $400 billion. But I've made lots of dumb decisions. That's part of the game.
Warren Buffett

One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute.
William Feather

I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.
Arthur Conan Doyle

The reality is that business and investment spending are the true leading indicators of the economy and the stock market. If you want to know where the stock market is headed, forget about consumer spending and retail sales figures. Look to business spending, price inflation, interest rates, and productivity gains.
Mark Skousen
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Stock Translations

stock in Dutch is opslaan
stock in Finnish is varasto
stock in French is provision, stockage, stock
stock in German is Vorrat {m}, Lager {m}, Aktien {pl}
stock in Italian is immagazzinare
stock in Portuguese is estoque