from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large, usually conical pile of straw or fodder arranged for outdoor storage.
- n. An orderly pile, especially one arranged in layers. See Synonyms at heap.
- n. Computer Science A section of memory and its associated registers used for temporary storage of information in which the item most recently stored is the first to be retrieved.
- n. A group of three rifles supporting each other, butt downward and forming a cone.
- n. A chimney or flue.
- n. A group of chimneys arranged together.
- n. A vertical exhaust pipe, as on a ship or locomotive.
- n. An extensive arrangement of bookshelves. Often used in the plural.
- n. The area of a library in which most of the books are shelved.
- n. A stackup.
- n. An English measure of coal or cut wood, equal to 108 cubic feet (3.06 cubic meters).
- n. Informal A large quantity: a stack of work to do.
- transitive v. To arrange in a stack; pile.
- transitive v. To load or cover with stacks or piles: stacked the dishwasher.
- transitive v. Games To prearrange the order of (a deck of cards) so as to increase the chance of winning.
- transitive v. To prearrange or fix unfairly so as to favor a particular outcome: tried to stack the jury.
- transitive v. To direct (aircraft) to circle at different altitudes while waiting to land.
- intransitive v. To form a stack.
- stack up Informal To measure up or equal: Their gift doesn't stack up against his.
- stack up Informal To make sense; add up: Her report just doesn't stack up.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, larger at the bottom than the top, sometimes covered with thatch.
- n. A pile of similar objects, each directly on top of the last.
- n. A pile of poles or wood, indefinite in quantity.
- n. A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet. (~3 m³)
- n. A smokestack.
- n. A linear data structure in which the last datum stored is the first retrieved; a LIFO queue.
- n. 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.
- n. A coastal landform, consisting of a large vertical column of rock in the sea.
- n. Compactly spaced bookshelves used to house large collections of books.
- n. A large amount of an object.
- n. A pile of rifles or muskets in a cone shape.
- n. The amount of money a player has on the table.
- n. A vertical drain pipe.
- n. A fall or crash, a prang.
- n. A blend of various dietary supplements or anabolic steroids with supposed synergistic benefits.
- v. To arrange in a stack, or to add to an existing stack.
- v. To arrange the cards in a deck in a particular manner.
- v. To take all the money another player currently has on the table.
- v. To deliberately distort the composition of (an assembly, committee, etc.).
- v. To crash; to fall.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large and to some degree orderly 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.
- n. 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
- n. A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet.
- n. A large quantity.
- n. A number of flues embodied in one structure, rising above the roof.
- n. Any single insulated and prominent structure, or upright pipe, which affords a conduit for smoke.
- n. A section of memory in a computer used for temporary storage of data, in which the last datum stored is the first retrieved.
- n. A data structure within random-access memory used to simulate a hardware stack.
- n. The section of a library containing shelves which hold books less frequently requested.
- transitive v. To lay in a conical or other pile; to make into a large pile
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To select or arrange dishonestly so as to achieve an unfair advantage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pile of grain in the sheaf, or of hay, straw, pease, etc., gathered into a circular or rectangular form, often, when of large size, coming to a point or ridge at the top, and thatched to protect it from the weather.
- n. A pile of sticks, billets, poles, or cordwood; formerly, also, a pyre, or burial pile.
- n. A pile or group of other objects in orderly position.
- n. A number of funnels or chimneys standing together.
- n. A single chimney or passageway for smoke; the chimney or funnel of a locomotive or steam-vessel: also called smokestack. See cuts under passenger-engine and puddling-furnace.
- n. A high detached rock; a columnar rock; a precipitous rock rising out of the sea.
- n. A customary unit of volume for fire-wood and coal, generally 4 cubic yards (108 cubic feet). The three-quarter stack in parts of Derbyshire is said to be 105 or 106 cubic feet.
- n. plural A large quantity; “lots”: as, stacks of money.
- To pile or build in the form of a stack; make into a regularly formed pile: as, to stack grain.
- To make up (cards) in a designed manner, so as to secure an unfair advantage; pack.
- An obsolete or dialectal preterit of stick (and stick).
- n. In gambling and banking games, twenty chips or counters.
- n. A group of retorts set together in the furnace for the manufacture of coal-gas.
- n. That part of a blast-furnace which extends from the boshes to the throat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. arrange in stacks
- n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
- v. arrange the order of so as to increase one's winning chances
- n. an orderly pile
- n. a list in which the next item to be removed is the item most recently stored (LIFO)
- n. a large tall chimney through which combustion gases and smoke can be evacuated
- v. load or cover with stacks
- n. a storage device that handles data so that the next item to be retrieved is the item most recently stored (LIFO)
Middle English stac, from Old Norse stakkr.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse stakkr; compare Icelandic stakkur, Swedish stacka, Danish stakke. (Wiktionary)