stocking

noun
stock·ing | \ˈstä-kiŋ \

Definition of stocking 

1a : a usually knit close-fitting covering for the foot and leg

b : sock

2 : something resembling a stocking especially : a ring of distinctive color on the lower part of the leg of an animal

in one's stocking feet

: with the feet in stockings but not shoes

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Other Words from stocking

stockinged \ˈstä-kiŋd \ adjective

Synonyms for stocking

Synonyms

hose, sock

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Examples of stocking in a Sentence

a pair of wool stockings thick wool stockings designed to be worn with hiking boots

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The assortment will include top brands from Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc. and plenty of Santa suits and stockings for Christmas. BostonGlobe.com, "FDA approves first prescription drug made from marijuana," 26 June 2018 The assortment will include top brands from Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc. and plenty of Santa suits and stockings for Christmas. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Toys R Us ex-CEO is trying to reboot the company, sources say," 25 June 2018 Potential new sites would need to be open on a weekday, be physically accessible for guests, and be accessible for volunteers during stocking and serving times. Rachel K. Hindery, chicagotribune.com, "Franklin Park-based Food4Life pantry expands Saturday hours, seeks a new weekday location," 22 June 2018 Nylon, the synthetic material invented by DuPont for women's stockings, was used to make parachutes, glider tow ropes, aircraft fuel tanks and flak jackets, according to Smithsonian magazine. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "D-Day: How New Orleans technology helped win the battle and World War II," 6 June 2018 Nylon, the synthetic material invented by DuPont for women’s stockings, was used to make parachutes, glider tow ropes, aircraft fuel tanks and flak jackets, according to Smithsonian magazine. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "D-Day: How American and British technology helped win the battle and World War II," 6 June 2018 Bought mother two pairs of stockings at Marshall–Fields. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 After making headlines for not wearing tights earlier in the year, Meghan added a pair of neutral-colored stockings underneath her dress. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wears a Sheer Dress to Her First Appearance as an Official Royal," 22 May 2018 Wore seamed stockings hooked to a suspender belt, tight pencil skirts and soft, brightly colored cashmere sweaters. Shirley Manson, New York Times, "Shirley Manson: The First Time I Cut Myself," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of stocking

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stocking

obsolete stock to cover with a stocking

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Phrases Related to stocking

Christmas stocking

stocking filler

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The first known use of stocking was in 1580

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More Definitions for stocking

stocking

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stocking

: a close-fitting usually long covering for the foot and leg

: a covering for the foot and ankle

: a decorative pouch shaped like a large sock that is used for holding gifts at Christmas

stocking

noun
stock·ing | \ˈstä-kiŋ \

Kids Definition of stocking

1 : a close-fitting usually knit covering for the foot and leg

stocking

noun
stock·ing | \ˈstäk-iŋ \

Medical Definition of stocking 

: a usually knit close-fitting covering for the foot and leg — see elastic stocking

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