Meaning of STACK in English


I. ˈstak noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English stak, from Old Norse stakkr; akin to Old English staca stake — more at stake

1. : a large pile (as of hay, grain in the sheaf, or straw) that is usually nearly conical but sometimes rectangular, is commonly contracted at the top to a point or ridge, and is often thatched to shed rain


a. : a usually orderly and systematically arranged pile or heap

shuttled back and forth between the sink and the table, building her stacks of dried dishes — Lenard Kaufman

keeps a great stack of back copies of the magazine — Joseph Mitchell

a stack of wood

a stack of pancakes

b. : a large quantity or number

there was a considerable stack of evidence — G.A.Morran

often spends his evenings working on stacks of papers he has brought home — Current Biography

has a stack of money

3. : an English unit of measure especially for wood as fuel that is equal to 108 cubic feet


a. : chimney stack

b. : a vertical pipe (as to carry off smoke) : chimney , funnel , smokestack

c. : the part of a blast furnace or cupola above the hearth and melting zone

d. : the exhaust pipe of an internal-combustion engine — compare bayonet stack

e. : a fireplace and its chimney for cooking varnish

f. : a set of radiators in a cellar for heating apartments above by hot air conveyed through tin pipes ; also : the tin pipe by which the heat is conveyed to an apartment

5. : a rocky islet that is commonly steep-sided and near a cliffy shore and that has been isolated by wave erosion — compare chimney 2c

6. : a pyramidal self-supporting pile of arms ; specifically : a pile composed of three rifles interlocked by their stacking swivels



(1) : a structure of bookshelves separated by narrow aisles that is one or more stories in height and is used for compact storage of books — usually used in plural

(2) : the portion of a building housing such a structure — usually used in plural

b. : a collection of bookcases compactly arranged

8. : a row of benches containing retorts for use in gas manufacturing

9. : a number of usually similar antennas mounted together and operated as part of a single radio system

10. : an assembled set of calender rolls with the required accessories

11. : air stack


a. : an established quantity of chips sold at one time to a gambler (as in poker) — called also takeout

b. : the supply of chips belonging to a cardplayer at any given time

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English stakken, from stak, n.

transitive verb


a. : to pile up : make into a usually neat heap or pile

so many millions so tightly packed and stacked into such tall hives — G.S.Perry

stacked the firewood in the cellar

b. : to place quantities of something on or in : load

the floor was stacked high with bales of dry goods — Winston Churchill

stack the bulkheads with cargoes from every port in the world — American Guide Series: New York City

2. : to arrange in a stack

stacked their arms and lowered their flag — American Guide Series: Louisiana


a. : to arrange (cards or a pack of cards) secretly for cheating

the cards were stacked against him

b. : to weight the composition of dishonestly or unfairly

they stacked juries and stole elections — Springfield (Massachusetts) Daily News

charged … that the conference was stacked against the supporters of federal aid — M.W.Straight

4. : to assign (an airplane approaching an airport) by radio to a particular altitude and position within a group circling and waiting a turn to land

5. : to make the belly of (an archery bow) high and narrow

intransitive verb

1. : to form a stack : heap , pile

the containers are low in cost, set up easily and stack well — Appliance Manufacturer

2. : to form a line or group : accumulate — used with up

long double lines of cars stacked up on either side of the site — Springfield (Massachusetts) Union

III. noun

1. : a memory or a section of memory in a computer for temporary storage in which the last data item stored is the first retrieved ; also : a data structure that simulates a stack

2. : a computer memory consisting of arrays of memory elements stacked one on top of another

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.