hay·​stack | \ ˈhā-ˌstak How to pronounce haystack (audio) \

Definition of haystack

1 : a stack of hay
2 : a vertical standing wave in turbulent river waters

Examples of haystack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Needle, haystack and running for the hills, don’t trip on the guy right in front of you. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2022 The haystack photos were another product of Hughes' manipulation. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 20 Mar. 2022 Good theater that trusts the actors to conjure all that a play requires. Spread the word: This Rogue Machine offering is that proverbial needle in the theatrical haystack. Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 The family of five posed in cozy sweaters on a haystack in front of a large pile of logs. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 10 Dec. 2021 Discovering a kodkod in the wild can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but Barack Obama's new Netflix documentary series pulled it off. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 12 Apr. 2022 For sensitive allergy-prone skin, finding a moisturizer that works may seem as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 There’s the needle-in-a-haystack puzzle of it—there’s a lot of ocean floor! Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 30 Mar. 2022 But searching for more cases that predate the Wuhan cluster in a haystack of global blood samples is laborious, researchers say. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, 12 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of haystack

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Haystack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haystack. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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hay·​stack | \ ˈhā-ˌstak How to pronounce haystack (audio) \

Kids Definition of haystack

: a large pile of hay stored outdoors

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