n. A wooden post; a stake; a stump.n. A wooden block; a block; a log; hence, something lifeless and senseless.n. A person who is as dull and senseless as a block or a log.n. A dull object or recipient of action or notice, as of wonder, scorn, or laughter; a butt: generally the second element in a compound: as, a gazing-stock; a laughing-stock.n. The stalk, stem, or trunk of a tree or other plant; the main body, or fixed and firm part.n. A stem in which a graft is inserted, and which is its support; also, a stem, tree, or plant that furnishes slips or cuttings.n. Hence The original progenitor of a family or race; the person from whom any given line of descent or inheritance is derived. See stock of descent, below.n. Direct line of descent; race; lineage; family: as, children of the stock of Abraham.n. The principal supporting or holding part; the part in which other parts are inserted, or to which they are attached in order to furnish a firm support or hold.n. A stiff band of horsehair, leather, or the like, covered with black satin, cambric, or similar material, and made to imitate and replace the cravat or neckband: formerly worn by men generally, and, in some forms, still in military use. It was sometimes fastened behind with a buckle, which was often an ornamental object.n. The front part, especially the front side-piece, of a bed.n. plural An apparatus for the confinement of vagrants and petty offenders, formerly in use in different parts of Europe, and retained until recently in country villages in England.n. The frame or timbers on which a ship rests while building; hence, generally, on the stocks, in course of construction or preparation.n. That part of the tally which the creditor took away as evidence of the king's debt, the part retained in the Exchequer being called the counterstock. See tally.n. In finance: The money represented by this tally; money lent to a government, or a fund consisting of a capital debt due by a government to individual holders who receive a fixed rate of interest.n. The share capital of a corporation or commercial company; the fund employed in the carrying on of some business or enterprise, divided into shares of equal amount, and owned by individuals who jointly form a corporation; in the plural, shares: as, bank stock; railway stock; stocks and bonds.n. The property which a merchant, a tradesman, or a company has invested in any business, including merchandise, money, and credits; more particularly, the goods” which a merchant or a commercial house keeps on hand for the supply of customers.n. Fund; sum of money.n. Hoard or accumulation; store; supply; fund which may be drawn upon as occasion demands: as, to lay in a stock of provisions; a stock of information.n. Share; portion.n. Ground; reason; evidence; proof.n. The part of a pack of cards which in certain games is not dealt out, but left on the table, to be drawn from as occasion requires.n. In agriculture: The horses, cattle, sheep, and other useful animals raised or kept on a farm or ranch: distinctively known as live stock: as, a farmer's land and stock. The term is extended to any animals, as fish or oysters, artificially propagated.n. The implements of husbandry stored for use. Also called dead stock.n. The raw material from which anything is made; stuff; material: as, paper-stock (rags, fiber, wood-pulp, etc.); soap-stock.n. The liquor or broth prepared by boiling meat, with or without vegetables, etc., so as to extract the nutritious properties, and used as a foundation for different kinds of soup. Also called soup-stock.n. A good kind of red and gray brick, used for the exterior of walls and the front of buildings.n. A name of several cruciferous garden-flowers.n. A covering for the leg; a stocking. Compare nether-stocks.n. In heraldry, the stump of a tree used as a bearing: represented as cut square on top and eradicated—that is, torn up by the roots—with at least the main roots indicated.n. The pillar or post on which the holy-water vessel was fixed.n. Hence— A holywater vessel, or aspersorium.n. The proceeds of the sale of the catch of a fishing-trip; the net value of a cargo of fish.n. plural A frame in which a horse or other animal can be secured or slung for shoeing or for a veterinary operation.n. In mining, sometimes used as the equivalent of the German stock (plural stöcke), especially in translating from that language.n. In early forms of feudalism, commendation. See to accept stock, below.n. In zoology, a compound, colonial, or aggregate organism; an aggregate of persons forming one organic whole, which may grow by budding or cast off parts to start a new set of persons: as, a polyp-stock.n. In Eng. finance, a certificate issued by or on behalf of the government, pursuant to the National Debt Act, 33 and 34 Vict., c. 71, to a holder of consols or of some other public indebtedness or annuities, as evidence of his title to such stock, with coupons annexed, entitling the bearer of the coupon to the corresponding dividend. A stock certificate is evidence of title to the stock, as distinguished from the stock itself, which is considered as an intangible right.n. A company of actors and actresses employed more or less permanently under the same management, and usually connected with a central or home theater.n. In com., to make an inventory of stock or goods on hand; hence, with of, to make an estimate of; set a value upon; investigate for the purpose of forming an opinion; loosely, to notice.n. Hence— To repose confidence in; believe in: as, to take little stock in one's stories.Kept in stock; ready for service at all times; habitually produced or used; standing; as, a stock play; a stock anecdote; a stock sermon.To provide with a stock, handle, or the like: as, to stock a gun or an anchor.To fasten, bolt, or bar, as a door or window.To put in the stocks as a punishment; hence, to confine; imprison.To lay up in store; accumulate for future use: as, to stock goods.To provide or supply with Stock.To supply with cattle, sheep, etc., or, in some uses, to supply with domestic animals, implements, etc.: as, to stock a farm.To furnish with a permanent growth, especially with grass: as, to stock a pasture.To suffer to retain milk for many hours, as cows before selling.To dig up; root out; extirpate by grubbing: sometimes with up.Same as stack, 2.To branch out into shoots immediately above ground; tiller: applied to grasses, grain, or flowers.To send out sprouts, as from a stem which has been cut over: said of a tree or plant.To make a certain profit on stock. See stock, n., 30.n. Same as estoc; also, a thrusting-sword used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, superseding the cut-and-thrust sword of earlier times.n. Same as stoccade, 1.To hit with a rapier or stock.n. The handle attached to the wooden cup that secured the inking-ball used in early hand-press printing.n. Same as head-stock, 2.n. In geology, a large columnar intrusion of eruptive rock, the length and breadth of which are roughly equal. A stock may be the deep-seated and uneroded portion of a volcanic neck or plug. Compare def. 32.n. The material removed from a quarry which is of suitable size to be worked into marketable articles.n. plural A moldy defect sometimes found on wool and woolens that have been stored while damp in a warm, badly ventilated room.