Stack

Definition of Stack

Pronunciation: stăkt
n.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.
But corn was housed, and beans were in the stack.
- Cowper.
2.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
Against every pillar was a stack of billets above a man's height.
- Bacon.
3.A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet.
4.A large quantity; as, a stack of cash.
5.(Arch.) A number of flues embodied in one structure, rising above the roof.
6.(Computer programming) A section of memory in a computer used for temporary storage of data, in which the last datum stored is the first retrieved.
7.The section of a library containing shelves which hold books less frequently requested.
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.
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Stacked (stăkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Stacking.]
2.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.
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.
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.

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