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n. The stem, or main body, of a tree or plant; the fixed, strong, firm part; the trunk. The stem or branch in which a graft is inserted. A block of wood; something fixed and solid; a pillar; a firm support; a post. Hence, a person who is as dull and lifeless as a stock or post; one who has little sense. The principal supporting part; the part in which others are inserted, or to which they are attached.

Specifically: - (a) The wood to which the barrel, lock, etc., of a musket or like firearm are secured; also, a long, rectangular piece of wood, which is an important part of several forms of gun carriage. (b) The handle or contrivance by which bits are held in boring; a bitstock; a brace. (c) (Joinery) The block of wood or metal frame which constitutes the body of a plane, and in which the plane iron is fitted; a plane stock. (d) (Naut.) The wooden or iron crosspiece to which the shank of an anchor is attached. (e) The support of the block in which an anvil is fixed, or of the anvil itself. (f) A handle or wrench ...

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