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stack

noun \ ˈstak \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of stack

1 :a large usually conical pile (as of hay, straw, or grain in the sheaf) left standing in the field for storage
2 a :an orderly pile or heap
b :a large quantity or number
3 :an English unit of measure especially for firewood that is equal to 108 cubic feet
4 a :a number of flues embodied in one structure rising above a roof
b :a vertical pipe (as to carry off smoke)
c :the exhaust pipe of an internal combustion engine
5 a :a structure of bookshelves for compact storage of books usually used in plural
b plural :a section of a building housing such structures
6 :a pile of poker chips
7 a :a memory or a section of memory in a computer for temporary storage in which the last item stored is the first retrieved; also :a data structure that simulates a stack
  • a push-down stack
b :a computer memory consisting of arrays of memory elements stacked one on top of another

Examples of stack in a Sentence

  1. He had arranged the letters in stacks.

  2. She took a magazine from near the top of the stack.

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Origin and Etymology of stack

Middle English stak, from Old Norse stakkr; akin to Russian stog stack and probably to Old English staca stake

stack Synonyms

Synonyms
abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, slew, spate, lot, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
Antonyms
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace
Related Words
epidemic, plague, rash; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, plethora, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; deluge, flood, overflow; army, bevy, cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mob, multitude, press, score, sea, swarm, throng; gazillion, jillion, kazillion, million, thousands, trillion, zillion
Near Antonyms
atom, crumb, dot, fleck, flyspeck, fragment, grain, granule, iota, jot, modicum, molecule, mote, nubbin, particle, ray, scintilla, scrap, shred, tittle, whit; smatter, smattering; dash, drop, morsel, shot; piece, portion, section; absence, dearth, famine, lack, paucity, poverty, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want; deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, meagerness, scantiness, scantness, skimpiness

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stack

verb

Definition of stack

transitive verb
1 a :to arrange in a stack :pile
b :to pile in or on
  • stacked the table with books
  • stack the dishwasher
2 a :to arrange secretly for cheating
  • stack a deck of cards
b :to arrange or fix so as to make a particular result likely
  • the odds are stacked against us
  • will stack juries to suit themselves
  • —Patrice Horn
3 a :to assign (an airplane) by radio to a particular altitude and position within a group circling before landing
b :to put into a waiting line
  • another dozen rigs are stacked up and waiting
  • —P. H. Hutchins, Jr.
4 :compare used with against
  • such a crime is nothing when stacked against a murder
  • —Pete Censky
intransitive verb
:to form a stack

stacker

noun

Examples of stack in a Sentence

  1. She spent the afternoon splitting and stacking firewood.

  2. She stacked the plates in the cupboard.

  3. He stacked the books on the table.

  4. The other players accused him of stacking the deck.

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First Known Use of stack

14th century

stack Synonyms



STACK Defined for English Language Learners

stack

noun

Definition of stack for English Language Learners

  • : a usually neat pile : a group of things that are put one on top of the other

  • : a large amount of something

  • : a tall chimney on a factory, ship, etc., for carrying smoke away


stack

verb

Definition of stack for English Language Learners

  • : to arrange (things) in a stack : to put (things) in a usually neat pile

  • : to cheat at a card game by arranging (a deck of cards) in a special way

  • —used to describe a situation in which one person, team, etc., is given an advantage over others often in a way that is unfair


STACK Defined for Kids

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stack

noun \ ˈstak \

Definition of stack for Students

1 :a neat pile of objects usually one on top of the other
2 :a large number or amount
  • We've got a stack of bills to pay.
3 :a large pile (as of hay) usually shaped like a cone
5 :a structure with shelves for storing books

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stack

verb

Definition of stack for Students

stacked; stacking
:to arrange in or form a neat pile


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