Stocking
Stocking Stock"ing, n. [From {Stock}, which was formerly used of a covering for the legs and feet, combining breeches, or upper stocks, and stockings, or nether stocks.] 1. A close-fitting covering for the foot and leg, usually knit or woven. [1913 Webster]

2. Any of various things resembling, or likened to, a stocking[1]; as: (a) A broad ring of color, differing from the general color, on the lower part of the leg of a quadruped; esp., a white ring between the coronet and the hock or knee of a dark-colored horse. (b) A knitted hood of cotton thread which is eventually converted by a special process into an incandescent mantle for gas lighting. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Blue stocking}. See {Bluestocking}.

{Stocking frame}, a machine for knitting stockings or other hosiery goods. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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