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 against such 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

Five of the choices were excellent; my only disappointment was the somewhat bland, crispy eggplant stack. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 places to try: For pizza to pasta, pastries to pad Thai — and biscuits!," 13 June 2019 At a stall near the beach, surrounded by fierce posters of the Ten Commandments, a craftsman has worked his way through a huge stack of conch shells, grinding them into small sculptures and jewelry. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 The store was remodeled to maximize light and open lines of sight — high top tables or tall stacks of cups, for example, limit visibility for people signing to each other. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks opens first U.S. sign language store — with murals, tech pads and fingerspelling," 23 Oct. 2018 Counting stacks of diamonds, drinking liquid gold champagne, booking last minute flights to the Maldives? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Obsessed With This Reality TV Show," 30 July 2018 Young and Earl took multiple stacks of bills, totaling $9,754 and fled the bank in a blue Volkswagen Jetta, police said. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty To Robbery Of Killingworth Bank," 11 July 2018 You are invited to respectfully touch, move, stack, lean and arrange the boxes at your discretion. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Artist gets metaphysical at Columbia Art Center," 6 July 2018 This porcelain pair from Japanese maker Hasami easily stacks, so there’s more room for the important things, like her extensive coffee cup collection. Ashley Mason, Bon Appetit, "9 Mother's Day Gifts for Every Kind of Foodie Mom," 19 Apr. 2018 Another way to celebrate your town and provide something special is to provide them with a stack of postcards and a roll of stamps. Sara-mae Albert, ELLE Decor, "How to Be the Ultimate Weekend Host for Out-of-Town Guests," 15 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The traditional method for cooking the meat employs an electric vertical rotisserie on which layers of sliced and marinated leg of lamb are stacked. Washington Post, "Dive into a Greek gyro, with lamb and yogurt sauce in a pita," 17 June 2019 Fans quickly spotted the new ring stacked on her left ring finger alongside her engagement and wedding rings. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle Just Debuted A Sparkling New Ring With A Deep History," 10 June 2019 At the bottom of the chutes, yet more humans grab the packages and stack them on pallets for delivery. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One," 5 June 2019 Toenails are made up of multiple layers stacked on top of each other. Dawn Davis, sun-sentinel.com, "Treatment for toenail fungus isn’t always necessary," 5 June 2019 There was a clothesline in the yard and soda stacked on the side porch. oregonlive.com, "Canzano: Pat Casey officially out and Oregon State baseball will never be the same," 4 June 2019 Other options include a sturdy front rack, large packs for the rear rack, and a rack tray to stack on more gear. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Bikes for Any Commute," 16 May 2019 Midnight Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation is a perfect movie about a special kind of loneliness one experiences in Tokyo, a gorgeous anonymity in a city where people are stacked on top of each other. James Whitlow Delano, National Geographic, "Here’s your ultimate Tokyo itinerary," 25 Apr. 2019 And, to be clear, with two large aquamarines stacked on top of each other, on the fourth finger of each hand. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Will This Aquamarine Ring Make You Look Like An English Aristocrat?," 5 Apr. 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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More Definitions for stack

stack

noun

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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