American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To arrange in a stack; pile.
- v. To load or cover with stacks or piles: stacked the dishwasher.
- v. Games To prearrange the order of (a deck of cards) so as to increase the chance of winning.
- v. To prearrange or fix unfairly so as to favor a particular outcome: tried to stack the jury.
- v. To direct (aircraft) to circle at different altitudes while waiting to land.
- 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.
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. In printing, a flat pile of paper, printed or unprinted, in a press-room or bindery.
- 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. The use of the word stack with this meaning is very common on the coast of Scotland and the adjacent islands (especially the Orkneys), and is almost exclusively limited to that region.
- 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. Synonyms Shock, etc. see
- To pile or build in the form of 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.
- 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. computing A linear data structure in which the last datum stored is the first retrieved; a LIFO queue.
- n. computing 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. geology A coastal landform, consisting of a large vertical column of rock in the sea.
- n. library Compactly spaced bookshelves used to house large collections of books.
- n. figuratively A large amount of an object.
- n. military A pile of rifles or muskets in a cone shape.
- n. poker The amount of money a player has on the table.
- n. architecture A vertical drain pipe.
- n. Australia, slang A fall or crash, a prang.
- n. bodybuilding A blend of various dietary supplements or anabolic steroids with supposed synergistic benefits.
- v. transitive To arrange in a stack, or to add to an existing stack.
- v. transitive, card games To arrange the cards in a deck in a particular manner.
- v. transitive, poker To take all the money another player currently has on the table.
- v. transitive To deliberately distort the composition of (an assembly, committee, etc.).
- v. transitive, US, Australia, slang To crash; to fall.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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
stackis usually more orderly than a pile
- n. engraving A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet.
- n. Informal 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.
- v. To lay in a conical or other pile; to make into a large pile
- 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.
- v. To select or arrange dishonestly so as to achieve an unfair advantage.
- 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)
- From Old Norse stakkr; compare Icelandic stakkur, Swedish stacka, Danish stakke. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English stac, from Old Norse stakkr. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To get it to work, you would have to write this class Inbox def initialize (stack) @stack = stack end def add (message) #This works”
“Consider the following code in Shoes class Inbox def initialize (stack) @stack = stack end def add (message) #warning this is wrong in shoes.”
“The term stack seems to be getting a bad rap in the geo world.”
“This stack is an attempt at holding up, for further examination, some of the more interesting strains of this curious cultural mutation.”
“How does this title stack up as an action shooter, and it is worth a download?”
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“While VMware is by far the best-positioned vendor to enable these, and is building that stack from the bottom up, I would have liked to see more detail on what that top-to-bottom private cloud stack would look like.”
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“The last thing on my immediate stack is the Azumanga Daioh Omnibus.”
“Art the top of my stack is Islington Crocodiles, the highly praised short fiction collection by the UK's Paul Meloy.”
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