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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stacknoun

    an orderly pile

  2. batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wadnoun

    (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

    "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"

  3. push-down list, push-down stack, stacknoun

    a list in which the next item to be removed is the item most recently stored (LIFO)

  4. smokestack, stacknoun

    a large tall chimney through which combustion gases and smoke can be evacuated

  5. push-down storage, push-down store, stackverb

    a storage device that handles data so that the next item to be retrieved is the item most recently stored (LIFO)

  6. stackverb

    load or cover with stacks

    "stack a truck with boxes"

  7. stack, pile, heapverb

    arrange in stacks

    "heap firewood around the fireplace"; "stack your books up on the shelves"

  8. stackverb

    arrange the order of so as to increase one's winning chances

    "stack the deck of cards"


  1. Stacknoun

    (Computer programming) (a) A section of memory in a computer used for temporary storage of data, in which the last datum stored is the first retrieved. (b) A data structure within random-access memory used to simulate a hardware stack; as, a push-down stack.

  2. Stacknoun

    pl. The section of a library containing shelves which hold books less frequently requested.

  3. Stacknoun

    Hence: An orderly pile of any type of object, indefinite in quantity; -- used especially of piles of wood. A stack is usually more orderly than a pile

  4. Stackverb

    Specifically: To place in a vertical arrangement so that each item in a pile is resting on top of another item in the pile, except for the bottom item; as, to stack the papers neatly on the desk; to stack the bricks.

  5. Stackverb

    To select or arrange dishonestly so as to achieve an unfair advantage; as, to stack a deck of cards; to stack a jury with persons prejudiced against the defendant.


  1. stacknoun

    A large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, larger at the bottom than the top, sometimes covered with thatch.

  2. stacknoun

    A pile of similar objects, each directly on top of the last.

    Please bring me a chair from that stack in the corner.

  3. stacknoun

    A pile of poles or wood, indefinite in quantity.

  4. stacknoun

    A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet. (~3 m)

  5. stacknoun

    A smokestack.

  6. stacknoun

    A linear data structure in which the last datum stored is the first retrieved; a LIFO queue.

  7. stacknoun

    A portion of computer memory occupied by a stack data structure, particularly (the stack) that portion of main memory manipulated during machine language procedure call related instructions.

  8. stacknoun

    A coastal landform, consisting of a large vertical column of rock in the sea.

  9. stacknoun

    Compactly spaced bookshelves used to house large collections of books.

  10. stackverb

    To arrange in a stack, or to add to an existing stack.

    Please stack those chairs in the corner.

  11. stackverb

    To arrange the cards in a deck in a particular manner.

    This is the third hand in a row you've drawn a four-of-a-kind. Someone is stacking the deck!

  12. stackverb

    To deliberately distort the composition of (an assembly, committee, etc.).

    The Government was accused of stacking the parliamentary committee.

  13. stackverb

    To fall or crash.

    Jim couldn't make it today as he stacked his car on the weekend.

  14. stacknoun

    A large amount of an object.

    They paid him a stack of money to keep quiet.

  15. stacknoun

    A pile of rifles or muskets in a cone shape.

  16. stacknoun

    The amount of money a player has on the table.

  17. stacknoun

    A vertical drain pipe.

  18. stacknoun

    A fall or crash, a prang.

  19. Etymology: Compare Swedish stacka, Danish stakke.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stacknoun

    Etymology: stacca, Italian.

    Against every pillar was a stack of billets above a man’s height, which the watermen that bring wood down the Seine laid there. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    While the marquis and his servant on foot were chasing the kid about the stack, the prince from horseback killed him with a pistol. Henry Wotton, Buckingham.

    While the cock
    To the stack or the barn-door
    Stoutly struts his dame before. John Milton.

    Stacks of moist corn grow hot by fermentation. Newton.

    An inundation, says the fable,
    O’erflow’d a farmer’s barn and stable;
    Whole ricks of hay and stacks of corn
    Were down the sudden current born. Jonathan Swift.

    A mason making a stack of chimneys, the foundation of the house sunk. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

  2. To Stackverb

    To pile up regularly in ricks.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    So likewise a hovel will serve for a room,
    To stack on the pease. Thomas Tusser.

    The prices of stacking up of wood I shall give you. John Mortimer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stackadjective

    a large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, usually of a nearly conical form, but sometimes rectangular or oblong, contracted at the top to a point or ridge, and sometimes covered with thatch

  2. Stackadjective

    a pile of poles or wood, indefinite in quantity

  3. Stackadjective

    a pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet

  4. Stackadjective

    a number of flues embodied in one structure, rising above the roof. Hence:

  5. Stackadjective

    any single insulated and prominent structure, or upright pipe, which affords a conduit for smoke; as, the brick smokestack of a factory; the smokestack of a steam vessel

  6. Stackadjective

    a section of memory in a computer used for temporary storage of data, in which the last datum stored is the first retrieved

  7. Stackadjective

    a data structure within random-access memory used to simulate a hardware stack; as, a push-down stack

  8. Stacknoun

    to lay in a conical or other pile; to make into a large pile; as, to stack hay, cornstalks, or grain; to stack or place wood

  9. Etymology: [Icel. stakkr; akin to Sw. stack, Dan. stak. Cf. Stake.]


  1. Stack

    In computer science, a stack is a particular kind of abstract data type or collection in which the principal operations on the collection are the addition of an entity to the collection, known as push and removal of an entity, known as pop. The relation between the push and pop operations is such that the stack is a Last-In-First-Out data structure. In a LIFO data structure, the last element added to the structure must be the first one to be removed. This is equivalent to the requirement that, considered as a linear data structure, or more abstractly a sequential collection, the push and pop operations occur only at one end of the structure, referred to as the top of the stack. Often a peek or top operation is also implemented, returning the value of the top element without removing it. A stack may be implemented to have a bounded capacity. If the stack is full and does not contain enough space to accept an entity to be pushed, the stack is then considered to be in an overflow state. The pop operation removes an item from the top of the stack. A pop either reveals previously concealed items or results in an empty stack, but, if the stack is empty, it goes into underflow state, which means no items are present in stack to be removed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stack

    stak, n. a large pile of bay, corn, wood, &c.: a number of chimneys standing together: a pyramid formed by a number of muskets with fixed bayonets interlocked and the stocks spread widely apart.—v.t. to pile into a stack: to make up cards for cheating.—ns. Stack′-stand, a frame of wood, iron, or stone, supported on short props, for building a stack upon; Stack′yard, a yard for stacks. [Scand.; Ice. stakkr, a stack of hay.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. stack

    The set of things a person has to do in the future. One speaks of the next project to be attacked as having risen to the top of the stack. “I'm afraid I've got real work to do, so this'll have to be pushed way down on my stack.” “I haven't done it yet because every time I pop my stack something new gets pushed.” If you are interrupted several times in the middle of a conversation, “My stack overflowed” means “I forget what we were talking about.” The implication is that more items were pushed onto the stack than could be remembered, so the least recent items were lost. The usual physical example of a stack is to be found in a cafeteria: a pile of plates or trays sitting on a spring in a well, so that when you put one on the top they all sink down, and when you take one off the top the rest spring up a bit. See also push and pop.(The Art of Computer Programming, second edition, vol. 1, p. 236) says:Many people who realized the importance of stacks and queues independently have given other names to these structures: stacks have been called push-down lists, reversion storages, cellars, nesting stores, piles, last-in-first-out (“LIFO”) lists, and even yo-yo lists! The term “stack” was originally coined by Edsger Dijkstra, who was quite proud of it.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stack

    A precipitous rock rising out of the sea, in northern hydrography.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stack in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of stack in a Sentence

  1. Nancy Pelosi:

    The FCC’s moves to dismantle net neutrality will further stack the playing field in favor of the biggest bank account, chilling competition, hurting consumers and punishing entrepreneurs and small businesses.

  2. Dan Morgan:

    Like other old smoke stack tech companies – MSFT, INTC, ORCL - this has been a somewhat of a slow process.

  3. Thilo Koslowski:

    Among the automakers there will be two camps: those who understand this space, and those who give outside technology companies access to the center stack of the vehicle. Those companies will emerge in the next five years.

  4. Greg McBride:

    Twenty years ago, there was a definite advantage to teaching somebody that pain you feel when you part with cold hard cash, but now kids understand numbers on the screen. They don't have to actually see a stack of $100 bills to understand.

  5. Steve Ellis:

    This is a yield-hungry environment and EM does stack up as an asset class that does offer yield.

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    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
    • A. humility
    • B. transition
    • C. vehicle
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