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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STOCK

How are they to employ the day, or what inducement have they to employ it, in recruiting their stock of health?

(b) What disposal should be made of meat from which stock is made?

(a) Explain in full the meaning of stock as applied to soup.

Mention some of the materials that may be put into the stock pot.

And Ford, they are of a south Saxon stock, and of good repute.

Heat the stock or cream and add to the mixture in the saucepan.

But I'm not taking any stock in that burglar story—not a little bit!

Princes and kings are brought there every day, and they are of as good a stock as your physicians.

Lauzanne is a maiden, and Porter doesn't often make a mistake about any of his own stock.

When he woke early in the morning, he had to hurry to his stock.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English stocc "stump, post, stake, tree trunk, log," also "pillory" (usually plural, stocks), from Proto-Germanic *stukkaz "tree trunk" (cf. Old Norse stokkr "block of wood, trunk of a tree," Old Saxon, Old Frisian stok, Middle Dutch stoc "tree trunk, stump," Dutch stok "stick, cane," Old High German stoc "tree trunk, stick," German Stock "stick, cane;" also Dutch stuk, German Stück "piece"), from PIE *(s)teu- (see steep (adj.)).

Meaning "ancestry, family" (late 14c.) is a figurative use of the "tree trunk" sense (cf. family tree). This is also the root of the meaning "heavy part of a tool," and "part of a rifle held against the shoulder" (1540s). Stock, lock, and barrel "the whole of a thing" is recorded from 1817. Meaning "framework on which a boat was constructed" (early 15c.) led to figurative phrase on stocks "planned and commenced" (1660s). Stock-still (late 15c.) is literally "as still as a tree trunk."

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