Sock vs. Stocking

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Sock and Stocking is that the Sock is a item of clothing for the feet and Stocking is a hosiery that covers the feet and legs to the knee or higher.

  • Sock

    A sock is an item of clothing worn on the feet and often covering the ankle or some part of the calf. Some type of shoe or boot is typically worn over socks. In ancient times, socks were made from leather or matted animal hair. In the late 16th century, machine-knit socks were first produced. Until 1800 both hand knitting and machine knitting were used to produce socks, but after 1800, machine knitting became the predominant method.

    One of the roles of socks is absorbing perspiration. The foot is among the heaviest producers of sweat in the body, as it can produce over 0.25 US pints (0.12 l) of perspiration per day; socks help to absorb this sweat and draw it to areas where air can evaporate the perspiration. In cold environments, socks made from wool insulate the foot and decrease the risk of frostbite. Socks are worn with sport shoes (typically white-coloured socks) and dress shoes (typically dark-coloured socks). In addition to the numerous practical roles played by socks, they are also a fashion item, and they are available in myriad colours and patterns.

  • Stocking

    Stockings (also known as hose, especially in a historical context) are close-fitting, variously elastic garments covering the leg from the foot up to the knee or possibly part or all of the thigh. Stockings vary in color, design, and transparency. Today, stockings are primarily worn for fashion and aesthetics, usually in association with mid-length or short skirts.

  • Sock (noun)

    A knitted or woven covering for the foot.

  • Sock (noun)

    A shoe worn by Greco-Roman comedy actors.

  • Sock (noun)

    A color pattern (usually white) on a cat’s lower leg that is different from the color pattern on the rest of the cat, thus giving it the impression of a wearing a sock.

  • Sock (noun)

    A sock puppet.

  • Sock (noun)

    A gun sock.

  • Sock (noun)

    A violent blow; a punch.

  • Sock (noun)

    A ploughshare.

  • Sock (adjective)

    Extremely successful.

  • Sock (verb)

    To hit or strike violently; to deliver a blow to.

  • Sock (verb)

    To throw.

  • Stocking (noun)

    A soft garment, usually knit or woven, worn on the foot and lower leg under shoes or other footwear.

    “a pair of stockings”

  • Stocking (noun)

    A broad ring of a different fur colour on the lower part of the leg of a quadruped.

  • Stocking (noun)

    A knitted hood of cotton thread which is eventually converted by a special process into an incandescent mantle for gas lighting.

  • Stocking (verb)

    present participle of stock

    “I’ve almost finished stocking these groceries.”


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