Stock vs Bank - What's the difference?

stock | bank |

As nouns the difference between stock and bank

is that stock is stick, staff while bank is bench, pew.

As a prefix stock

is used to emphasize.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • A store or supply
  • # (operations) A store of goods ready for sale; inventory.
  • We have a stock of televisions on hand.
  • # A supply of anything ready for use.
  • Lay in a stock of wood for the winter season.
  • # Railroad rolling stock.
  • # In a card game, a stack of undealt cards made available to the players.
  • # Farm or ranch animals; livestock.
  • # The population of a given type of animal (especially fish) available to be captured from the wild for economic use.
  • (finance) The capital raised by a company through the issue of shares. The total of shares held by an individual shareholder.
  • # The price or value of the stock for a company on the stock market
  • When the bad news came out, the company's stock dropped precipitously.
  • # (figurative) The measure of how highly a person or institution is valued.
  • After that last screw-up of mine, my stock is pretty low around here.
  • # Any of several types of security that are similar to a stock, or marketed like one.
  • The raw material from which things are made; feedstock
  • # The type of paper used in printing.
  • The books were printed on a heavier stock this year.
  • # Undeveloped film; film stock
  • Stock theater, summer stock theater
  • The trunk and woody main stems of a tree. The base from which something grows or branches.
  • * Bible, Job xiv. 8,9
  • Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground, yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
  • # (horticulture) The plant upon which the scion is .
  • #* Francis Bacon
  • The scion overruleth the stock quite.
  • # lineage, family, ancestry
  • ## (linguistics) A larger grouping of language families: a superfamily or macrofamily.
  • Any of the several species of cruciferous flowers in the genus Matthiola .
  • A handle or stem to which the working part of an implement or weapon is attached
  • # The part of a rifle or shotgun that rests against the shooter's shoulder.
  • #*
  • # The handle of a whip, fishing rod, etc.
  • Part of a machine that supports items or holds them in place.
  • # The headstock of a lathe, drill, etc.
  • # The tailstock of a lathe
  • A bar, stick or rod
  • # A ski pole
  • # (nautical) A bar going through an anchor, perpendicular to the flukes.
  • # (nautical) The axle attached to the rudder, which transfers the movement of the helm to the rudder.
  • # (geology) A pipe (vertical cylinder of ore)
  • A bed for infants; a crib, cot, or cradle
  • (folklore) A piece of wood magically made to be just like a real baby and substituted for it by magical beings.
  • (uncountable, countable) Broth made from meat (originally bones) or vegetables, used as a basis for stew or soup.
  • A necktie or cravat, particularly a wide necktie popular in the eighteenth century, often seen today as a part of formal wear for horse riding competitions.
  • * 1915 , :
  • He wore a brown tweed suit and a white stock . His clothes hung loosely about him as though they had been made for a much larger man. He looked like a respectable farmer of the middle of the nineteenth century.
  • * 1978 , (Lawrence Durrell), Livia'', Faber & Faber 1992 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 417:
  • His grey waistcoat sported pearl buttons, and he wore a stock which set off to admiration a lean and aquiline face which was almost as grey as the rest of him.
  • A piece of black cloth worn under a clerical collar.
  • (obsolete) A cover for the legs; a stocking
  • A block of wood; something fixed and solid; a pillar; a firm support; a post.
  • * Milton
  • All our fathers worshipped stocks and stones.
  • * Fuller
  • Item, for a stock of brass for the holy water, seven shillings; which, by the canon, must be of marble or metal, and in no case of brick.
  • (by extension, obsolete) A person who is as dull and lifeless as a stock or post; one who has little sense.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Let's be no stoics, nor no stocks .
  • (UK, historical) The part of a tally formerly struck in the exchequer, which was delivered to the person who had lent the king money on account, as the evidence of indebtedness.
  • A thrust with a rapier; a stoccado.
  • (shipbuilding, in the plural) The frame or timbers on which a ship rests during construction.
  • (UK, in the plural) Red and grey bricks, used for the exterior of walls and the front of buildings.
  • (biology) In tectology, an aggregate or colony of persons, such as as trees, chains of salpae, etc.
  • The beater of a fulling mill.
  • (Knight)


    * (farm or ranch animals) livestock * (railroad equipment) rolling stock * (raw material) feedstock * (paper for printing) card stock * (plant used in grafting) rootstock, understock * (axle attached to rudder) rudder stock * (wide necktie) stock-tie

    Derived terms

    * buffer stock * capital stock * certificated stock * common stock * corporate stock * deferred stock * growth stock * gunstock * laughingstock, laughing stock * livestock * penny stock * preferred stock * private stock * rolling stock * stand stock still * standing stock * stock answer * stock certificate * stock company * stock cube * stock exchange * stocfish * stockholder * stockish * stockist * stockless * stockman * stock market * stock option * stock performance * stock phrase * stockpicker * stockpile * stock split * stock-still * stock-take * stock-taking * stock up * stock vehicle, as opposed to custom vehicle * stocks * stocky * stockyard * take stock * tracking stock * treasury stock * unissued stock


    (en verb)
  • To have on hand for sale.
  • The store stocks all kinds of dried vegetables.
  • To provide with material requisites; to store; to fill; to supply.
  • to stock a warehouse with goods
    to stock a farm, i.e. to supply it with cattle and tools
    to stock land, i.e. to occupy it with a permanent growth, especially of grass
  • To allow (cows) to retain milk for twenty-four hours or more prior to sale.
  • To put in the stocks as punishment.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (nautical) To fit (an anchor) with a stock, or to fasten the stock firmly in place.
  • (card games, dated) To arrange cards in a certain manner for cheating purposes; to stack the deck.
  • Adjective

  • Of a type normally available for purchase/in stock.
  • stock items
    stock sizes
  • (racing, of a race car) Having the same configuration as cars sold to the non-racing public, or having been modified from such a car.
  • Straightforward, ordinary, very basic.
  • That band is quite stock
    He gave me a stock answer

    See also

    * DJIA * foodstock


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    Alternative forms

    * (all obsolete)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) banke, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • An institution where one can place and borrow money and take care of financial affairs.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=71, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= End of the peer show , passage=Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms.
  • A branch office of such an institution.
  • An underwriter or controller of a card game; also banque .
  • A fund from deposits or contributions, to be used in transacting business; a joint stock or capital.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Let it be no bank or common stock, but every man be master of his own money.
  • (gambling) The sum of money etc. which the dealer or banker has as a fund from which to draw stakes and pay losses.
  • In certain games, such as dominos, a fund of pieces from which the players are allowed to draw.
  • A safe and guaranteed place of storage for and retrieval of important items or goods.
  • A device used to store coins or currency.
  • If you want to buy a bicycle, you need to put the money in your piggy bank .
    * (controller of a card game) banker
    Derived terms
    * bankability * bankable * bank account * bank agent * bank balance * bank bill * bank book * bank card * bank charges * bank cheque * bank clerk * bank draft * banker * bank giro * bank holiday * bank interest * bank loan * bank manager * banknote * bank of deposit * bank of issue * bank paper * bank rate * bank reserves * bank statement * bank stock * blood bank * bottle bank * break the bank * banking * bankroll * central bank * clearing bank * cry all the way to the bank * databank * food bank * investment bank * * joint-stock bank * laugh all the way to the bank * memory bank * merchant bank * national bank * peat bank * penny bank * piggy bank * pot bank * prime bank * private bank * reserve bank * savings bank * sperm bank * spoil bank * state bank * stopbank * take it to the bank * trustee savings bank * World Bank


    (en verb)
  • To deal with a bank or financial institution.
  • He banked with Barclays.
  • To put into a bank .
  • I'm going to bank the money.
    Derived terms
    * bank on

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) banke, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (hydrology) An edge of river, lake, or other watercourse.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Tiber trembled underneath her banks .
  • * 2014 , Ian Jack, " Is this the end of Britishness", The Guardian , 16 September 2014:
  • Just upstream of Dryburgh Abbey, a reproduction of a classical Greek temple stands at the top of a wooded hillock on the river’s north bank .
  • (nautical, hydrology) An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shallow area of shifting sand, gravel, mud, and so forth (for example, a sandbank or mudbank).
  • the banks of Newfoundland
  • (geography) A slope of earth, sand, etc.; an embankment.
  • (aviation) The incline of an aircraft, especially during a turn.
  • (rail transport) An incline, a hill.
  • A mass noun for a quantity of clouds.
  • The bank of clouds on the horizon announced the arrival of the predicted storm front.
  • (mining) The face of the coal at which miners are working.
  • (mining) A deposit of ore or coal, worked by excavations above water level.
  • (mining) The ground at the top of a shaft.
  • Ores are brought to bank .
    Derived terms
    * bank up * clay-bank * cloud bank * embank * embankment * land bank * Left Bank * left-bank * oyster bank * right-bank * river bank * sand bank * sea bank * West Bank


    (en verb)
  • (aviation) To roll or incline laterally in order to turn.
  • To cause (an aircraft) to bank .
  • To form into a bank or heap, to bank up.
  • to bank sand
  • To cover the embers of a fire with ashes in order to retain heat.
  • To raise a mound or dike about; to enclose, defend, or fortify with a bank; to embank.
  • * Holland
  • banked well with earth
  • (obsolete) To pass by the banks of.
  • (Shakespeare)

    Etymology 3

    (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A row or panel of items stored or grouped together.
  • a bank of switches
    a bank of pay phones
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  • A row of keys on a musical keyboard or the equivalent on a typewriter keyboard.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (order and arrangement) To arrange or order in a row.
  • Etymology 4

    Probably from (etyl) banc. Of German origin, and akin to English bench.


    (en noun)
  • A bench, as for rowers in a galley; also, a tier of oars.
  • * Waller
  • Placed on their banks , the lusty Trojans sweep / Neptune's smooth face, and cleave the yielding deep.
  • A bench or seat for judges in court.
  • The regular term of a court of law, or the full court sitting to hear arguments upon questions of law, as distinguished from a sitting at nisi prius, or a court held for jury trials. See banc.
  • (Burrill)
  • (archaic, printing) A kind of table used by printers.
  • (music) A bench, or row of keys belonging to a keyboard, as in an organ.
  • (Knight)
  • (uncountable) slang for money
  • Anagrams

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