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stack (n.)

c. 1300, "pile, heap, or group of things," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse stakkr "haystack" (cognate with Danish stak, Swedish stack "heap, stack"), from Proto-Germanic *stakon- "a stake," from PIE *stog- (source also of Old Church Slavonic stogu "heap," Russian stog "haystack," Lithuanian stokas "pillar"), variant of root *steg- (1) "pole, stick" (see stake (n.)). Meaning "set of shelves on which books are set out" is from 1879. Used of the chimneys of factories, locomotives, etc., since 1825. Of computer data from 1960.

stack (v.)

early 14c., "to pile up (grain) into a stack," from stack (n.). Meaning "arrange (a deck of cards) unfairly" (in stack the deck) is first recorded 1825. Stack up "compare against" is 1903, from notion of piles of poker chips (1896). Of aircraft waiting to land, from 1941. Related: Stacked; Stacking.

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Definitions of stack
1
stack (n.)
an orderly pile;
stack (n.)
(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;
Synonyms: batch / deal / flock / good deal / great deal / hatful / heap / lot / mass / mess / mickle / mint / mountain / muckle / passel / peck / pile / plenty / pot / quite a little / raft / sight / slew / spate / tidy sum / wad
stack (n.)
a list in which the next item to be removed is the item most recently stored (LIFO);
Synonyms: push-down list / push-down stack
stack (n.)
a large tall chimney through which combustion gases and smoke can be evacuated;
Synonyms: smokestack
stack (n.)
a storage device that handles data so that the next item to be retrieved is the item most recently stored (LIFO);
Synonyms: push-down storage / push-down store
2
stack (v.)
load or cover with stacks;
stack a truck with boxes
stack (v.)
arrange in stacks;
stack your books up on the shelves
Synonyms: pile / heap
stack (v.)
arrange the order of so as to increase one's winning chances;
stack the deck of cards
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