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stock·ing / ˈstäking/ • n. a women's garment, typically made of translucent nylon or silk, that fits closely over the foot and is held up by garters or an elasticized strip at the upper thigh. ∎ short for Christmas stocking. ∎  a long sock worn by men. ∎  a cylindrical bandage or other medical covering for the leg resembling a stocking, esp. an elasticized support used in the treatment of disorders of the veins. ∎  a white marking of the lower part of a horse's leg, extending as far as, or just beyond, the knee or hock.PHRASES: in (one's) stocking feet without shoes: she stood five feet ten in her stocking feet.DERIVATIVES: stock·inged / ˈstäkingd/ adj. [in comb.] her black-stockinged legs.stock·ing·less adj.