stock·​ing | \ ˈstä-kiŋ How to pronounce stocking (audio) \

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 How to pronounce stockinged (audio) \ adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The stocking of trout below dams releasing cold water was at first an experiment. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | REX NELSON: Trout waters of Arkansas," 24 Oct. 2020 These gorgeous gold reindeer holders will keep the stocking hung by the chimney with care all season long. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Pottery Barn's New Christmas Collection Is Here (And We Want Everything)," 19 Oct. 2020 Waking up on Christmas morning and finding a fresh orange in your stocking was considered a luxury. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "The Reason We Leave Oranges in Christmas Stockings," 12 Oct. 2020 But beyond the atmosphere, guests can also indulge in a special chocolate orange cocktail (or hot chocolate), and each guest receives their own personalized stocking filled with chocolatey treats. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Chocolate Orange-themed Hotel Room in France Is Every Candy Lover’s Dream," 1 Oct. 2020 As a contrast to the futuristic origins of the rest of the Concorde, the nose cones are made of about 30 layers of huge, conical, fiberglass stocking knitted by the elderly craftswomen of an old-established Scottish hosiery firm. J. A. Maxtone Graham, Popular Mechanics, "You, Too, Can Break the Sound Barrier," 24 Sep. 2020 The Kenosha rearing pond was built in the early 1970s to assist the DNR with stocking of trout and salmon. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha project aims to improve fish rearing pond and Pike River," 5 Sep. 2020 Illumina’s lawsuit seeks to stop BGI from conducting its testing, as well as manufacturing, stocking, supplying, selling, and using test kits that involve the patent. Jonathan Chan, STAT, "STAT China: Two more Hong Kong IPO filings, and Beijing’s latest drug price cuts," 25 Aug. 2020 Hunting this season can be a fun-as-hell, barrel burning, freezer stocking, trip. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Hunting Early-Season Resident Geese in North Dakota is the Hottest Shoot of the Summer," 21 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of stocking was in 1580

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29 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stocking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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


stock·​ing | \ ˈstä-kiŋ How to pronounce stocking (audio) \

Kids Definition of stocking

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


stock·​ing | \ ˈstäk-iŋ How to pronounce stocking (audio) \

Medical Definition of stocking

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

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