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The handle of a gun.
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(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the wooden or metallic handle or support to which is attached the barrel of a rifle
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1. a supply of goods kept on hand for sale to customers by a merchant, manufacturer, etc.; inventory.
2. a quantity of something accumulated, as for future use.
a. a theatrical stock company.
b. the work or business of such a company; repertory.
a. the shares of a particular company or corporation.
b. a stock certificate.
c. (formerly) a tally or stick used in transactions between a debtor and a creditor.
a. in grafting, a stem in which the bud or scion is inserted.
b. a stem, tree, or plant that furnishes slips or cuttings.
7. the trunk or main stem of a tree or other plant, as distinguished from roots and branches.
8. the type from which a group of animals or plants has been derived.
9. a race or other related group of animals or plants.
10. the person from whom a given line of descent is derived; the original progenitor.
11. a line of descent; a tribe, race, or ethnic group.
a. a category consisting of language families that, because of resemblances in grammatical structure and vocabulary, are considered likely to be related by common origin.
b. any grouping of related languages.
13. the handle of a whip, fishing rod, etc.
a. the wooden or metal piece to which the barrel and mechanism of a rifle are attached.
b. a part of an automatic weapon, as a machine gun, similar in position or function.
15. a dull or stupid person.
16. something lifeless or senseless.
17. the main upright part of anything, esp. a supporting structure.
18. stocks,
a. a former instrument of punishment consisting of a framework with holes for securing the ankles and, sometimes, the wrists, used to expose an offender to public derision. Compare pillory (def. 1).
b. a frame in which a horse or other animal is secured in a standing position for shoeing or for a veterinary operation.
c. the frame on which a boat rests while under construction.
a. a vertical shaft forming part of a rudder and controlling the rudder's movement.
b. a transverse piece of wood or metal near the ring on some anchors.
20. the raw material from which something is made.
21. the broth from boiled meat, fish, or poultry, used in soups and sauces.
22. any of several plants belonging to the genus Matthiola, of the mustard family, esp. M. incana, having fragrant flowers in a variety of colors.
23. the portion of a deck of cards left on the table to be drawn from as occasion requires.
25. Archaic. a stocking.
26. Obs. the frame of a plow to which the share, handles, etc., are attached.
27. kept regularly on hand, as for use or sale; staple; standard.
28. having as one's job the care of a concern's goods.
29. of the common or ordinary type; commonplace.
30. pertaining to or designating the breeding and raising of livestock.
31. of or pertaining to the stock of a company or corporation.
a. pertaining to a theatrical stock company or its repertoire.
b. appearing in repertory: stock players.
33. to furnish with a stock or supply.
34. to furnish with livestock.
35. to lay up in store, as for future use.
36. to fasten to or provide with a stock, as a rifle or plow.
37. to put in the stocks as a punishment.
38. to lay in a stock of something (often fol. by up).
1. in stock, on hand for use or sale.
2. out of stock, lacking a supply, esp. temporarily.
3. take or put stock in, to put confidence in or attach importance to; believe; trust.
4. take stock,
a. to make an inventory of stock on hand.
b. to appraise resources or prospects.
[before 900; Old English stoc(c) stump, stake, c. Old Norse stokkr tree trunk]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gunstock - the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun; "the rifle had been fitted with a special stock"
artillery, heavy weapon, ordnance, gun - large but transportable armament
gun - a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
handgrip, handle, grip, hold - the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
machine gun - a rapidly firing automatic gun (often mounted)
handgun, pistol, shooting iron, side arm - a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
pistol grip - a handle (as of a gun or saw) shaped like the butt of a pistol
support - any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
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