The stock of an incorporated business constitutes the equity stake of its owners. It represents the residual assets of the company that would be due to stockholders after discharge of all senior claims such as secured and unsecured debt. Stockholders' equity cannot be withdrawn from the company in a way that is intended to be detrimental to the company's creditors.

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  1. A store or supply
    1. A store of goods ready for sale; inventory.
      We have a stock of televisions on hand.
    2. A supply of anything ready for use.
      Lay in a stock of wood for the winter season.
    3. Railroad rolling stock.
    4. In a card game, a stack of undealt cards made available to the players.
    5. Farm or ranch animals; livestock.
    6. The population of a given type of animal (especially fish) available to be captured from the wild for economic use.
  2. The capital raised by a company through the issue of shares. The total of shares held by an individual shareholder.
    1. The price or value of the stock for a company on the stock market
      When the bad news came out, the company's stock dropped precipitously.
    2. The measure of how highly a person or institution is valued.
      After that last screw-up of mine, my stock is pretty low around here.
    3. Any of several types of security that are similar to a stock, or marketed like one.
  3. The raw material from which things are made; feedstock
    1. The type of paper used in printing.
      The books were printed on a heavier stock this year.
    2. Undeveloped film; film stock
  4. Stock theater, summer stock theater
  5. The trunk and woody main stems of a tree. The base from which something grows or branches.
    1. The plant upon which the scion is grafted.
      1. lineage, family, ancestry
  1. A larger grouping of language families: a superfamily or macrofamily.
  1. Any of the several species of cruciferous flowers in the genus Matthiola.
  2. A handle or stem to which the working part of an implement or weapon is attached
    1. The part of a rifle or shotgun that rests against the shooter's shoulder.
    2. The handle of a whip, fishing rod, etc.
  3. Part of a machine that supports items or holds them in place.
    1. The headstock of a lathe, drill, etc.
    2. The tailstock of a lathe
  4. A bar, stick or rod
    1. A ski pole
    2. A bar going through an anchor, perpendicular to the flukes.
    3. The axle attached to the rudder, which transfers the movement of the helm to the rudder.
    4. A pipe (vertical cylinder of ore)
  5. A bed for infants; a crib, cot, or cradle
  6. A piece of wood magically made to be just like a real baby and substituted for it by magical beings.
  7. Broth made from meat (originally bones) or vegetables, used as a basis for stew or soup.
  8. A necktie or cravat, particularly a wide necktie popular in the eighteenth century, often seen today as a part of formal wear for horse riding competitions.
  9. A piece of black cloth worn under a clerical collar.
  10. A cover for the legs; a stocking
  11. A block of wood; something fixed and solid; a pillar; a firm support; a post.
  12. A person who is as dull and lifeless as a stock or post; one who has little sense.
  13. 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.
  14. A thrust with a rapier; a stoccado.
  15. The frame or timbers on which a ship rests during construction.
  16. Red and grey bricks, used for the exterior of walls and the front of buildings.
  17. In tectology, an aggregate or colony of persons, such as as trees, chains of salpae, etc.
  18. The beater of a fulling mill.


  1. To have on hand for sale.
    The store stocks all kinds of dried vegetables.
  2. To provide with material requisites; to store; to fill; to supply.
    to stock a warehouse with goods
    to stock a farm, i.e. to supply it with cattle and tools
    to stock land, i.e. to occupy it with a permanent growth, especially of grass
  3. To suffer (cows) to retain milk for twenty-four hours or more prior to sale.
  4. To put in the stocks as punishment.


  1. Of a type normally available for purchase/in stock.
    stock items
    stock sizes
  2. Having the same configuration as cars sold to the non-racing public, or having been modified from such a car.
  3. Straightforward, ordinary, very basic.
    That band is quite stock
    He gave me a stock answer

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