- The definition of a stack is a somewhat orderly pile.
An example of a stack is nine books sitting on a table, one on top of another.
- To stack is to arrange in a pile.
An example of to stack is to pile up pieces of firewood into a compact space.
- a large pile of straw, hay, etc., esp. one neatly arranged, as in a conical form, for outdoor storage
- any somewhat orderly pile or heap, as of boxes, books, poker chips, etc.
- a number of arms, esp. three rifles, leaning against one another on end so as to form a pyramid
- Brit. a unit of measure for firewood or coal, equal to 108 cubic feet
- a number of chimney flues or pipes arranged together
- an extensive series of bookshelves
- the main area where books are shelved in a library
- the part of a computer memory used to store data temporarily: retrieval of data from it is in reverse order to its storage
- the data so stored
- Informal a large number or amount
Origin: Middle English stac from Old Norse stakkr, akin to Middle Low German stack, barrier of slanting stakes: for Indo-European base see stick
- to pile or arrange in a stack
- to load with stacks of something
- to assign (aircraft) to various altitudes for circling while awaiting a turn to land
- to arrange in advance underhandedly so as to predetermine the outcome: to stack a jury
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- A large, usually conical pile of straw or fodder arranged for outdoor storage.
- An orderly pile, especially one arranged in layers. See Synonyms at heap.
- 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.
- A group of three rifles supporting each other, butt downward and forming a cone.
- a. A chimney or flue.b. A group of chimneys arranged together.
- A vertical exhaust pipe, as on a ship or locomotive.
- An extensive arrangement of bookshelves. Often used in the plural.
- stacks The area of a library in which most of the books are shelved.
- A stackup.
- An English measure of coal or cut wood, equal to 108 cubic feet (3.06 cubic meters).
- Informal A large quantity: a stack of work to do.
- To arrange in a stack; pile.
- To load or cover with stacks or piles: stacked the dishwasher.
- a. Games To prearrange the order of (a deck of cards) so as to increase the chance of winning.b. To prearrange or fix unfairly so as to favor a particular outcome: tried to stack the jury.
- To direct (aircraft) to circle at different altitudes while waiting to land.
Origin: Middle English stac, from Old Norse stakkr.
- stackˈa·ble adjective
- stackˈer noun
stack - Computer Definition
(1) In a network, a hierarchy of software layers in both clients and servers that are required in order to communicate with each other. See protocol stack.
(2) A hierarchy of software. A stack is the common set of programs used in a computer. The stack can refer to infrastructure only (see technology stack) or to the applications the company gives its employees (see application stack). It may also refer to an industry set or developer set of programs. For example, the phrase "they don't offer a complete stack" could imply that a software company has an incomplete set of applications for a particular industry or niche.
(3) A set of hardware registers or a reserved amount of memory used for arithmetic calculations, local variables or to keep track of internal operations (the sequence of routines called in a program). For example, one routine calls another, which calls another and so on. As each routine is completed, the computer returns control to the calling routine all the way back to the first one that started the sequence. Stacks used in this way are LIFO based: the last item, or address, placed (pushed) onto the stack is the first item removed (popped) from the stack. Stacks are also used to hold interrupts until they can be serviced. Used in this manner, they are FIFO stacks, in which the first item onto the stack is the first one out of the stack. See internal stack failure, stack dump and stack fault.
(4) A Macintosh folder view (see Stacks).
(5) An earlier Macintosh development system (see HyperCard).
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stack - Phrases/Idioms
stack the cardsor stack the deckâ
- to arrange the order of playing cards secretly so that certain cards are dealt to certain players
- to prearrange circumstances, usually secretly and unfairly
- to add up; accumulate
- to stand in comparison (with or against); measure up
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stack - Science Definition
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