stack: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (stak), [key]
- a more or less orderly pile or heap: a precariously balanced stack of books; a neat stack of papers.
- a large, usually conical, circular, or rectangular pile of hay, straw, or the like.
- Often,a set of shelves for books or other materials ranged compactly one above the other, as in a library.
- the area or part of a library in which the books and other holdings are stored or kept.
- a number of chimneys or flues grouped together.
- a vertical duct for conveying warm air from a leader to a register on an upper story of a building.
- a vertical waste pipe or vent pipe serving a number of floors.
- a great quantity or number.
- an antenna consisting of a number of components connected in a substantially vertical series.
- a linear list arranged so that the last item stored is the first item retrieved.
- a conical, free-standing group of three rifles placed on their butts and hooked together with stacking swivels.
- Also calleda group of airplanes circling over an airport awaiting their turns to land.
- an English measure for coal and wood, equal to 108 cubic feet (3 cu. m).
- a column of rock isolated from a shore by the action of waves.
- a given quantity of chips that can be bought at one time, as in poker or other gambling games.
- the quantity of chips held by a player at a given point in a gambling game.
- to lose one's temper or become uncontrollably angry, esp. to display one's fury, as by shouting: When he came in and saw the mess he blew his stack.
- to pile, arrange, or place in a stack: to stack hay; to stack rifles.
- to cover or load with something in stacks or piles.
- to arrange or select unfairly in order to force a desired result, esp. to load (a jury, committee, etc.) with members having a biased viewpoint: The lawyer charged that the jury had been stacked against his client.
- to keep (a number of incoming airplanes) flying nearly circular patterns at various altitudes over an airport where crowded runways, a low ceiling, or other temporary conditions prevent immediate landings.
- to be arranged in or form a stack: These chairs stack easily.
- He stacked the deck and won every hand.
- to arrange cards or a pack of cards so as to cheat:He stacked the deck and won every hand.
- to manipulate events, information, etc., esp. unethically, in order to achieve an advantage or desired result.
- How does the movie stack up against the novel?
- Aviation.to control the flight patterns of airplanes waiting to land at an airport so that each circles at a designated altitude.
- Informal.to compare; measure up (often fol. by against):How does the movie stack up against the novel?
- Informal.to appear plausible or in keeping with the known facts:Your story just doesn't stack up.
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