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"It is demonstrable, said he, that things cannot be otherwise than as they are; for as all things have been created for some end, they must necessarily be created for the best end. Observe, for instance, the nose is formed for spectacles, therefore we wear spectacles. The legs are visibly designed for stockings, accordingly we wear stockings." --Dr. Pangloss in Candide, tr. Tobias Smollett

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  1. A soft garment worn on the foot and lower leg, usually knit or woven, worn under shoes or other footwear.
    A pair of stockings.
  2. Something like or suggesting such a garment.

Usage notes

  • stocking may refer either to men's socks or to women's hose, but rarely to socks when worn by women. However, this usage appears somewhat variable.

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