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English definition of “stock”

stock

noun (FRAME)    /stɒk/ US  /stɑːk/
the stocks [plural] (in Europe in the Middle Ages) a wooden frame that was fixed around someone's feet, hands, and sometimes head, so that they were forced to sit or stand for a long time in public as a punishmentMiddle Ages (medieval Period) 501-1500Punishing by causing painHitting and beatingPunishing and punishments
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