stack NOUN 1) a neat pile of objects. 2) a rectangular or cylindrical pile of hay, straw, etc. 3) informal a large quantity. 4) a chimney or vertical exhaust pipe. 5) (also sea stack) Brit. a column of rock standing in the sea. 6) a number of aircraft flying in circles at different altitudes around the same point while waiting to land at an airport.
VERB 1) arrange in a stack. 2) fill or cover with stacks of things. 3) cause (aircraft) to fly in stacks. 4) shuffle or arrange (a pack of cards) dishonestly. 5) (be stacked against/in favour of) (of a situation) be overwhelmingly likely to produce an unfavourable or favourable outcome for.
DERIVATIVES stackable adjective stacker noun.
ORIGIN Old Norse, 'haystack' .

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