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Definition of STACK

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Stack \Stack\ (st[a^]k), n. [Icel. stakkr; akin to Sw. stack, Dan. stak. Cf. {Stake}.]
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

              But corn was housed, and beans were in the stack.
                                                    --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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} [1913 Webster +PJC]

              Against every pillar was a stack of billets above a man's height.                         --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     3. Specifically: A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

     4. Hence: A large quantity; as, a stack of cash. [Informal] [PJC]

     5. (Arch.)
        (a) A number of flues embodied in one structure, rising above the roof. Hence: (b) 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. [1913 Webster]

     6. (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. [PJC]

     7. pl. The section of a library containing shelves which hold books less frequently requested. [PJC]

     {Stack of arms} (Mil.), a number of muskets or rifles set up together, with the bayonets crossing one another, forming a sort of conical self-supporting pile.

     {to blow one's stacks} to become very angry and lose one's self-control, and especially to display one's fury by shouting. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Stack \Stack\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stacked} (st[a^]kt); p. pr.
     & vb. n. {Stacking}.] [Cf. Sw. stacka, Dan. stakke. See {Stack}, n.]
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [PJC]

     3. 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. [PJC]

     {To stack arms} (Mil.), to set up a number of muskets or rifles together, with the bayonets crossing one another, and forming a sort of conical pile. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


      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.

The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

234 Moby Thesaurus words for "stack":
     abundance, accumulate, accumulation, add up, adulterate, agglomerate, agglomeration, aggregate, aggregation, agree, amass, amassment, amount, anger, anthill, archives, armory, array, arsenal, atelier, attic, backlog, bag, bale, bank, bank up, barrel, basement, batch, bay, bin, bonded warehouse, book end, book support, book table, book tray, book truck, bookcase, bookholder, bookrack, bookrest, bookshelf, bookstack, bookstand, bottle, box, budget, bundle, bunker, burden, buttery, can, cargo dock, cellar, check out, chest, chimney, clamp, closet, cock, collect, collection, commissariat, commissary, compare, conservatory, considerable, cook, cornucopia, crate, crib, cumulation, cupboard, deal, deposit, depository, depot, dock, doctor, drawer, drift, dump, dune, embankment, exchequer, fake, fill, flue, flue pipe, folder, folio, freight, fumarole, funnel, glory hole, gobs, godown, good deal, great deal, haycock, haymow, hayrick, haystack, heap, heap up, heaps, hill, hoard, hold, host, hutch, inventory, jibe, juggle, lade, larder, lashings, library, load, loads, locker, loft, lot, lots, lumber room, lumberyard, magasin, magazine, make sense, manipulate, mass, material, materials, materiel, measure up, mess, mint, molehill, mound, mountain, mow, multitude, munitions, number, office, oodles, pack, pack away, peck, pile, pile up, piles, plant, plenitude, plenty, pocket, portfolio, pot, profusion, provisionment, provisions, pyramid, quantity, quite a little, rack, raft, rafts, rage, rant, rations, repertoire, repertory, repository, reservoir, retouch, revolving bookcase, rick, rig, sack, sail loft, salt, scads, sea, shelf, ship, sight, slew, slews, smokeshaft, smokestack, snowdrift, sophisticate, spate, squirrel away, stack room, stack up, stacks, stash, stock, stock room, stock-in-trade, stockpile, storage, store, storehouse, storeroom, stores, stovepipe, stow, studio, study, supplies, supply, supply base, supply depot, supply on hand, swarm, tamper with, tank, throng, tidy sum, treasure, treasure house, treasure room, treasury, vat, vault, volume, wad, wads, warehouse, whole slew, wine cellar, workroom

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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