stack

noun
\ ˈstak How to pronounce stack (audio) \

Definition of stack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a large usually conical pile (as of hay, straw, or grain in the sheaf) left standing in the field for storage
2a : 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
4a : 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
5a : 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
7a : 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

stack

verb
stacked; stacking; stacks

Definition of stack (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to arrange in a stack : pile
b : to pile in or on stacked the table with books stack the dishwasher
2a : 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
3a : 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 againstsuch a crime is nothing when stacked against a murder— Pete Censky

intransitive verb

: to form a stack

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Other Words from stack

Verb

stacker noun

Examples of stack in a Sentence

Noun He had arranged the letters in stacks. She took a magazine from near the top of the stack. Verb She spent the afternoon splitting and stacking firewood. She stacked the plates in the cupboard. He stacked the books on the table. The other players accused him of stacking the deck.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More substantively, the dropoff speaks to the huge difficulty of challenging incumbents, particularly given the deep, tightly-interwoven technology stack at legacy banks. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Red Flags for Robinhood," 4 Dec. 2019 In many homes, the kitchen is the center of activity, which means it can be crowded with dishes, groceries, stacks of junk mail, homework: the general detritus of our daily lives. Molly Stevens, Houston Chronicle, "Finding calm in the kitchen isn’t always easy. Here’s how to start.," 3 Dec. 2019 Durig clicks forward to the next stack, and the dot moves by a centimeter. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "An alien comet from another star is soaring through our solar system," 28 Nov. 2019 Doug Pederson called bunches, stacks, and screens to get the ball into the hands of the tight ends and running back Miles Sanders. BostonGlobe.com, "The Eagles were just 1 of 7 on third down in the second half, as the Patriots turned the tables and kept Wentz’s drives short and sweet.," 18 Nov. 2019 In many homes, the kitchen is the center of activity, which means it can be crowded with dishes, groceries, stacks of junk mail, homework: the general detritus of our daily lives. Molly Stevens, Washington Post, "Finding calm in the kitchen isn’t always easy. Here’s how to start.," 11 Nov. 2019 In many homes, the kitchen is the center of activity, which means it can be crowded with dishes, groceries, stacks of junk mail, homework: the general detritus of our daily lives. Molly Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Finding calm in the kitchen isn’t always easy. Here’s how to start.," 11 Nov. 2019 His visits to the memorials this week, each time lugging a stack of pizzas that reached his chin, follow a remarkable journey even in a city built on rags-to-riches tales. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "‘I Know the Struggle’: Why a Pizza Mogul Left Pies at Memorials to 4 Homeless Men," 11 Oct. 2019 The cylindrical grenades stack and attach up to three at a time to one another. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This New Modular Grenade Stacks Like Pringles Chips," 25 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb James ran strong downhill, forcing Purdue to stack the box just to contain what hasn’t often been a dominant IU run game this season. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU football wins Old Oaken Bucket in OT thriller, gets win No. 8 for first time in 26 years," 30 Nov. 2019 Shelves were stacked high with $25 fragrance sets and $15.99 puffy jackets. Author: Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, "Weeks after ‘Black Friday’ sales started, it’s finally here. And it’s anticlimactic.," 29 Nov. 2019 Its supreme ambition was to stack the courts, and especially the Supreme Court, with jurists who would support a rigid right-wing agenda. Washington Post, "The many ambitions that propelled Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," 27 Nov. 2019 Her 2020 schedule is stacked with touring across Europe and North America. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Tones And I Becomes First Australian Added to YouTube's Artist on the Rise Program," 26 Nov. 2019 Many of the decorative rugs and chairs had to be stacked in piles to escape the reach of the exceptionally high water. Drew Jones, chicagotribune.com, "7 major Venice tourist sites damaged by historic flooding," 15 Nov. 2019 That test is contingent on rolling Starliner out to United Launch Alliance's integration facilities at Cape Canaveral in mid-November to stack Starliner on top of an Atlas V rocket. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Russia plans a mini Falcon 9; Shotwell takes aim at Blue," 1 Nov. 2019 With Darnold back and defenses unable to constantly stack the box anymore while not fearing New York’s passing game, Bell and the rest of the Jets’ backfield should start seeing some running lanes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Darnold gives Jets, struggling offense ‘new life’ in return," 14 Oct. 2019 The Hokies continued to stack the box and tried to take away easy throws underneath while, if anything, blitzing Perry more. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "UM evaluates quarterback situation; redshirt for Lorenzo Lingard?," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of stack

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for stack

Noun

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

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The first known use of stack was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Stack.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stacker. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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More Definitions for stack

stack

noun
How to pronounce stack (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of stack (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
\ ˈstak How to pronounce stack (audio) \

Kids Definition of stack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

stack

verb
stacked; stacking

Kids Definition of stack (Entry 2 of 2)

: to arrange in or form a neat pile

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