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Definitions of stocks

  1. a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the neck and hands; offenders were locked in and so exposed to public scorn Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Public funds; frame to confine the legs of offenders. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  4. (An instrument of punishment, consisting of two beams, the upper one being movable, with two small openings between them, large enough for the ankles of the prisoner.--ED.) The term "stocks" is applied in the Authorized Version to two different articles one of which answers rather to our pillory, inasmuch as the body was placed in a bent position, by the confinement of the neck and arms as well as the legs while the other answers to our "stocks," the feet alone being confined in it. The prophet Jeremiah was confined in the first sort, ( Jeremiah 20:2 ) which appears to have been a common mode of punishment in his day, ( Jeremiah 29:26 ) as the prisons contained a chamber for the special purpose, termed "the house of the pillory." ( 2 Chronicles 16:10 ) (Authorized Version "prison-house"). The stocks, properly so called, are noticed in ( Job 13:27 ; 33:11 ; Acts 16:24 ) The term used in ( Proverbs 7:22 ) (Authorized Version "stocks") more properly means a fetter. biblestudytools.com
  5. Red and grey bricks used for the outside of buildings. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy

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