Still bullish on stock ... definitions

At least in meaning, word keeps its value


July 16, 2002|By John Woestendiek

In the wake of the stock market's latest frightening - albeit temporary - nose dive, now might be a good time to reflect on the true meaning of stocks.

The following definitions, all listed by either Webster's or American Heritage dictionary, may help provide some insight:

1. A device consisting of a heavy timber frame with holes for confining the ankles and wrists, formerly used for punishment.

2. The broth in which meat, fish, bones or vegetables are simmered for a long period, used as a base in preparing soup, gravy or sauces.

3. A handle, such as that of a whip; or the rear support of a rifle, pistol or automatic weapon.

4. A theater or theatrical activity, especially outside of a main theatrical center.

5. A plain soap that is made into toilet soap by adding perfumery, coloring matter, etc.

6. To suffer to retain milk for 24 hours or more previous to sale, as cows.

7. To arrange playing cards for cheating purposes.

8. Animals kept for use or profit.

9. In geology, a body of intrusive igneous rock of which less than 100 square kilometers is exposed.

10. Repeated too often ... parroting some timeworn answer, as in, He gave a stock answer.

11. Confidence or credence, as in, I put no stock in that statement.

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