Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a storage device that handles data so that the next item to be retrieved is the item most recently stored (LIFO)
  2. (noun, artifact) a large tall chimney through which combustion gases and smoke can be evacuated
  3. (noun, communication) a list in which the next item to be removed is the item most recently stored (LIFO)
  4. (noun, group) an orderly pile
  5. (noun, quantity) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    a deal of trouble
    a lot of money
    he made a mint on the stock market
    see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
    it must have cost plenty
    a slew of journalists
    a wad of money
  6. (verb, contact) arrange the order of so as to increase one's winning chances
  7. (verb, contact) arrange in stacks
    stack your books up on the shelves
  8. (verb, contact) load or cover with stacks

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Stack

  1. c.1300, "pile, heap, or group of things," from O.N. stakkr "haystack" (cf. Dan. stak, Swed. stack "heap, stack"), from P.Gmc. *stakkoz, from PIE *stognos- (cf. O.C.S. stogu "heap," Rus. stog "haystack," Lith. stokas "pillar"), from base *steg- "pole, stick" (see stake (n.)). Meaning "set of shelves on which books ar… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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