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Definition of stocks:

  1. The money collectively lent by individuals to a government; the public funds, being, as it were, receptacles opened by the state into which the contributions of the public might be poured, as into the charity- trunks in churches; government scrip; a wooden frame into the openings of which the legs of a person may be stocked or set fast, formerly used as a temporary punishment for petty crimes and misdemeanours; certain flowers having stems or stalks; the timbers on which a ship rests while building.

Synonyms:

pillory.

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