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a    sometimes pl   the total goods or raw material kept on the premises of a shop or business  
b    (as modifier)  
a stock clerk, stock book     
2    a supply of something stored for future use  
he keeps a good stock of whisky     
3      (Finance)  
a    the capital raised by a company through the issue and subscription of shares entitling their holders to dividends, partial ownership, and usually voting rights  
b    the proportion of such capital held by an individual shareholder  
c    the shares of a specified company or industry  
d    (formerly) the part of an account or tally given to a creditor  
e    the debt represented by this  
4    standing or status  
a    farm animals, such as cattle and sheep, bred and kept for their meat, skins, etc.  
b    (as modifier)  
stock farming     
6    the trunk or main stem of a tree or other plant  
7      (Horticulture)  
a    a rooted plant into which a scion is inserted during grafting  
b    a plant or stem from which cuttings are taken  
   See also       rootstock  
8    the original type from which a particular race, family, group, etc., is derived  
9    a race, breed, or variety of animals or plants  
10    often pl   a small pen in which a single animal can be confined  
11    a line of descent  
12    any of the major subdivisions of the human species; race or ethnic group  
13    the part of a rifle, sub-machine-gun, etc., into which the barrel and firing mechanism is set: held by the firer against the shoulder  
14    the handle of something, such as a whip or fishing rod  
15    the main body of a tool, such as the block of a plane  
16       short for       diestock       gunstock       rolling stock  
17    (formerly) the part of a plough to which the irons and handles were attached  
18    the main upright part of a supporting structure  
19    a liquid or broth in which meat, fish, bones, or vegetables have been simmered for a long time  
20    film material before exposure and processing  
21      (Metallurgy)  
a    a portion of metal cut from a bar upon which a specific process, such as forging, is to be carried out  
b    the material that is smelted in a blast furnace  
22      (Also called)    gillyflower   any of several cruciferous 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  
23    Virginian stock   a similar and related North American plant, Malcomia maritima  
24    a long usually white neckcloth wrapped around the neck, worn in the 18th century and as part of modern riding dress  
25      (Cards)   a pile of cards left after the deal in certain games, from which players draw  
a    the repertoire of plays available to a repertory company  
b    (as modifier)  
a stock play     
27    (on some types of anchors) a crosspiece at the top of the shank under the ring  
28    the centre of a wheel  
29    an exposed mass of igneous rock that is the uppermost part of an underlying batholith  
30    a log or block of wood  
31       See       laughing stock  
32       an archaic word for       stocking  
33    in stock  
a    stored on the premises or available for sale or use  
b    supplied with goods of a specified kind  
34    out of stock  
a    not immediately available for sale or use  
b    not having goods of a specified kind immediately available  
35    take stock  
a    to make an inventory  
b    to make a general appraisal, esp. of prospects, resources, etc.  
36    take stock in   to attach importance to  
37    lock, stock, and barrel      See       lock   1       7  
38    staple, standard  
stock sizes in clothes     
39    prenominal   being a cliché; hackneyed  
a stock phrase     
40    tr   to keep (goods) for sale  
41    intr; usually foll by: up or up on   to obtain a store of (something) for future use or sale  
to stock up on beer     
42    tr   to supply with live animals, fish, etc.  
to stock a farm     
43    intr   (of a plant) to put forth new shoots  
44    tr  
Obsolete   to punish by putting in the stocks,   (See also)        stocks  
     (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)  
  stocker      n  

alpha stock  
      n   any of the most active securities on the Stock Exchange of which there are between 100 and 200; at least ten market makers must continuously display the prices of an alpha stock and all transactions in them must be published immediately  
beta stock  
      n   any of the second rank of active securities on the Stock Exchange, of which there are about 500. Continuous display of prices by market makers is required but not immediate publication of transactions  
buffer stock  
      n     (Commerce)   a stock of a commodity built up by a government or trade organization with the object of using it to stabilize prices  
capital stock  
1    the par value of the total share capital that a company is authorized to issue  
2    the total physical capital existing in an economy at any moment of time  
common stock  
      n      the U.S. name for       ordinary shares  
dead stock  
      n   farm equipment  
   Compare       livestock  
delta stock  
      n   any of the fourth rank of active securities on the Stock Exchange. Market makers need not display prices of these securities continuously and any prices displayed are taken only as an indication rather than an offer to buy or sell  
fat stock  
      n   livestock fattened and ready for market  
Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Index  
      n   an index of share prices produced by the Financial Times based on an average of 100 securities and giving the best indication of daily movements,   (Abbrev.)    FTSE 100 Index     (Informal name)    Footsie  
gamma stock  
      n   any of the third rank of active securities on the London Stock Exchange. Prices displayed by market makers are given as an indication rather than an offer to buy or sell  
joint stock  
      n   capital funds held in common and usually divided into shares between the owners  
joint-stock company  
1      (Brit)   a business enterprise characterized by its separate legal existence and the sharing of ownership between shareholders, whose liability is limited  
2      (U.S.)   a business enterprise whose owners are issued shares of transferable stock but do not enjoy limited liability  
laughing stock  
      n   an object of humiliating ridicule  
his mistakes have made him a laughing stock     
Nikkei Stock Average  
      n   an index of prices on the Tokyo Stock Exchange  
     (C20: from Nik(on) Kei(zai Shimbun), a Japanese newspaper group)  
preferred stock  
      n      the U.S. and Canadian name for       preference shares  
recovery stock  
      n     (Stock Exchange)   a security that has fallen in price but is believed to have the ability to recover  
rolling stock  
      n   the wheeled vehicles collectively used on a railway, including the locomotives, passenger coaches, freight wagons, guard's vans, etc.  
stock and station agent  
      n     (Austral. and N.Z.)   a firm dealing in and financing farm activities  
stock car  
a    a car, usually a production saloon, strengthened and modified for a form of racing in which the cars often collide  
b    (as modifier)  
stock-car racing     
2       the U.S. and Canadian term for       cattle truck  
stock certificate  
      n      the U.S. equivalent of       share certificate  
stock company  
1      (U.S.)   a business enterprise the capital of which is divided into transferable shares  
2       a U.S. term for       repertory company  
stock dove  
      n   a European dove, Columba oenas, smaller than the wood pigeon and having a uniformly grey plumage  
     (C14: so called because it lives in tree trunks. See stock)  
stock exchange  
      n   often caps  
1      (Also called)    stock market  
a    a highly organized market facilitating the purchase and sale of securities and operated by professional stockbrokers and market makers according to fixed rules  
b    a place where securities are regularly traded  
c    (as modifier)  
a stock-exchange operator, stock-exchange prices     
2    the prices or trading activity of a stock exchange  
the stock exchange fell heavily today     
stock farm  
      n   a farm on which livestock is bred  
  stock farmer      n  
  stock farming      n  
stock in trade  
1    goods in stock necessary for carrying on a business  
2    anything constantly used by someone as a part of his profession, occupation, or trade  
friendliness is the salesman's stock in trade     
stock lock  
      n   a lock that is enclosed in a wooden case  
stock market  
1       another name for       stock exchange       1  
2       the usual U.S. name for       stock exchange       2  
stock saddle  
      n     (Chiefly U.S.)   a cowboy's saddle, esp. an ornamental one  
      adv   absolutely still; motionless  
stock unit  
      n     (N.Z.)  
a    the tax basis for evaluating farmers' stock. Cattle, sheep, and deer are each given differing stock-unit values, the basic measure being the ewe equivalent  
b    (as modifier)  
stock-unit values     
stock watering  
      n     (Business)   the creation of more new shares in a company than is justified by its assets  
stock whip  
      n   a whip with a long lash and a short handle, as used to herd cattle  
Virginia stock  
      n   a Mediterranean cruciferous plant, Malcomia maritima, cultivated for its white and pink flowers  
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1    array, assets, assortment, cache, choice, commodities, fund, goods, hoard, inventory, merchandise, range, reserve, reservoir, selection, stockpile, store, supply, variety, wares  
2      (animals)   beasts, cattle, domestic animals, flocks, herds, horses, livestock, sheep  
3    ancestry, background, breed, descent, extraction, family, forebears, house, line, lineage, line of descent, parentage, pedigree, race, strain, type, variety  
4      (Money)   capital, funds, investment, property  
5    take stock      appraise, estimate, review the situation, see how the land lies, size up     (informal)   weigh up  
6    banal, basic, commonplace, conventional, customary, formal, hackneyed, ordinary, overused, regular, routine, run-of-the-mill, set, standard, staple, stereotyped, traditional, trite, usual, worn-out  
7    deal in, handle, keep, sell, supply, trade in  
8      (with)       up   accumulate, amass, buy up, gather, hoard, lay in, put away, replenish, save, store (up), supply  
9    equip, fill, fit out, furnish, kit out, provide with, provision, supply  

laughing stock     
Aunt Sally     (Brit.)   butt, everybody's fool, fair game, figure of fun, target, victim  

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