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Stack

An orderly pile, especially one arranged in layers
A stack of newspapers.

Array

An array is a systematic arrangement of similar objects, usually in rows and columns.

Stack

A large, usually conical pile of straw or fodder arranged for outdoor storage.

Array

To set out for display or use; place in an orderly arrangement
Arrayed the whole regiment on the parade ground.

Stack

(Computers) 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.

Array

To dress, especially in fine clothes; adorn.
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Stack

A group of three rifles supporting each other, butt downward and forming a cone.

Array

An orderly, often imposing arrangement
An array of royal jewels.

Stack

A chimney or flue.

Array

An impressively large number, as of persons or objects
An array of heavily armed troops.
An array of spare parts.

Stack

A group of chimneys arranged together.

Array

Splendid attire; fine clothing.
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Stack

A vertical exhaust pipe, as on a ship or locomotive.

Array

A rectangular arrangement of quantities in rows and columns, as in a matrix.

Stack

An extensive arrangement of bookshelves.

Array

Numerical data linearly ordered by magnitude.

Stack

The area of a library in which most of the books are shelved.

Array

An arrangement of usually identical devices, often sensors, that function as a unit
An array of solar panels.

Stack

A stackup.

Array

(Computers) A group of memory elements accessed by one or more indices.

Stack

An English measure of coal or cut wood, equal to 108 cubic feet (3.06 cubic meters).

Array

Clothing and ornamentation.

Stack

(Informal) A large quantity
A stack of work to do.

Array

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Stack

To arrange in a stack; pile.

Array

A collection laid out to be viewed in full.

Stack

To load or cover with stacks or piles
Stacked the dishwasher.

Array

An orderly series, arrangement or sequence.

Stack

(Games) To prearrange the order of (a deck of cards) so as to increase the chance of winning.

Array

Order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle.
Drawn up in battle array

Stack

To prearrange or fix unfairly so as to favor a particular outcome
Tried to stack the jury.

Array

A large collection.
We offer a dazzling array of choices.

Stack

To direct (aircraft) to circle at different altitudes while waiting to land.

Array

(mathematics) Common name for matrix.

Stack

To form a stack
Make sure the boxes stack neatly against the wall.

Array

(programming) Any of various data structures designed to hold multiple elements of the same type; especially, a data structure that holds these elements in adjacent memory locations so that they may be retrieved using numeric indices.

Stack

(heading) A pile.

Array

(legal) A ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impanelled in a cause; the panel itself; or the whole body of jurors summoned to attend the court.

Stack

A large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, larger at the bottom than the top, sometimes covered with thatch.

Array

(military) A militia.

Stack

A pile of similar objects, each directly on top of the last.
Please bring me a chair from that stack in the corner.

Array

A group of hedgehogs.

Stack

(UK) A pile of poles or wood, indefinite in quantity.

Array

A microarray.

Stack

A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet. (~3 m³)

Array

To clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire.
He was arrayed in his finest robes and jewels.

Stack

An extensive collection

Array

To lay out in an orderly arrangement; to deploy or marshal.

Stack

A smokestack.

Array

(legal) To set in order, as a jury, for the trial of a cause; that is, to call them one at a time.

Stack

(heading) In computing.

Array

Order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle; as, drawn up in battle array.
Wedged together in the closest array.

Stack

(programming) A linear data structure in which items inserted are removed in reverse order (the last item inserted is the first one to be removed).
History stack

Array

The whole body of persons thus placed in order; an orderly collection; hence, a body of soldiers.
A gallant array of nobles and cavaliers.

Stack

A stack data structure stored in main memory that is manipulated during machine language procedure call related instructions.

Array

An imposing series of things.
Their long array of sapphire and of gold.

Stack

An implementation of a protocol suite (set of protocols forming a layered architecture).
A TCP/IP stack is a library or set of libraries or of OS drivers that take care of networking.

Array

Dress; garments disposed in order upon the person; rich or beautiful apparel.

Stack

A combination of interdependent, yet individually replaceable, software components or technologies used together on a system.

Array

A ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impaneled in a cause.

Stack

(math) A generalization of schemes in algebraic geometry and of sheaves.

Array

To place or dispose in order, as troops for battle; to marshal.
By torch and trumpet fast arrayed,Each horseman drew his battle blade.
These doubts will be arrayed before their minds.

Stack

(geology) A coastal landform, consisting of a large vertical column of rock in the sea.

Array

To deck or dress; to adorn with dress; to cloth to envelop; - applied esp. to dress of a splendid kind.
Pharaoh . . . arrayed him in vestures of fine linen.
In gelid caves with horrid gloom arrayed.

Stack

(library) Compactly spaced bookshelves used to house large collections of books.

Array

To set in order, as a jury, for the trial of a cause; that is, to call them man by man.

Stack

(figuratively) A large amount of an object.
They paid him a stack of money to keep quiet.

Array

An orderly arrangement;
An array of troops in battle order

Stack

(military) A pile of rifles or muskets in a cone shape.

Array

An impressive display;
It was a bewildering array of books
His tools were in an orderly array on the basement wall

Stack

(poker) The amount of money a player has on the table.

Array

Especially fine or decorative clothing

Stack

(heading) In architecture.

Array

An arrangement of aerials spaced to give desired directional characteristics

Stack

A number of flues embodied in one structure, rising above the roof.

Array

Lay out in a line

Stack

A vertical drainpipe.

Array

Align oneself with a group or a way of thinking

Stack

A fall or crash, a prang.

Stack

(bodybuilding) A blend of various dietary supplements or anabolic steroids with supposed synergistic benefits.

Stack

(aviation) A holding pattern, with aircraft circling one above the other as they wait to land.

Stack

(video games) The quantity of a given item which fills up an inventory slot or bag.
I've got 107 Golden Branches, but the stack size is 20 so they're taking up 6 spaces in my inventory.

Stack

(transitive) To arrange in a stack, or to add to an existing stack.
Please stack those chairs in the corner.

Stack

To arrange the cards in a deck in a particular manner.
This is the third hand in a row where you've drawn four of a kind. Someone is stacking the deck!

Stack

To take all the money another player currently has on the table.
I won Jill's last $100 this hand; I stacked her!

Stack

(transitive) To deliberately distort the composition of (an assembly, committee, etc.).
The Government was accused of stacking the parliamentary committee.

Stack

To crash; to fall.
Jim couldn′t make it today as he stacked his car on the weekend.

Stack

(gaming) To operate cumulatively.
A magical widget will double your mojo. And yes, they do stack: if you manage to get two magical widgets, your mojo will be quadrupled. With three, it will be octupled, and so forth.

Stack

To place (aircraft) into a holding pattern.

Stack

To collect precious metal in the form of various small objects such as coins and bars.

Stack

(printing) To have excessive ink transfer.

Stack

A large and to some degree orderly pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, usually of a nearly conical form, but sometimes rectangular or oblong, contracted at the top to a point or ridge, and sometimes covered with thatch.
But corn was housed, and beans were in the stack.

Stack

An orderly pile of any type of object, indefinite in quantity; - used especially of piles of wood. A stack is usually more orderly than a pile
Against every pillar was a stack of billets above a man's height.

Stack

A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet.

Stack

A large quantity; as, a stack of cash.

Stack

A number of flues embodied in one structure, rising above the roof.

Stack

A section of memory in a computer used for temporary storage of data, in which the last datum stored is the first retrieved.

Stack

The section of a library containing shelves which hold books less frequently requested.

Stack

To lay in a conical or other pile; to make into a large pile; as, to stack hay, cornstalks, or grain; to stack or place wood.

Stack

To place in a vertical arrangement so that each item in a pile is resting on top of another item in the pile, except for the bottom item; as, to stack the papers neatly on the desk; to stack the bricks.

Stack

To select or arrange dishonestly so as to achieve an unfair advantage; as, to stack a deck of cards; to stack a jury with persons prejudiced against the defendant.

Stack

An orderly pile

Stack

(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;
A batch of letters
A deal of trouble
A lot of money
He made a mint on the stock market
It must have cost plenty

Stack

A list in which the next item to be removed is the item most recently stored (LIFO)

Stack

A large tall chimney through which combustion gases and smoke can be evacuated

Stack

A storage device that handles data so that the next item to be retrieved is the item most recently stored (LIFO)

Stack

Load or cover with stacks;
Stack a truck with boxes

Stack

Arrange in stacks;
Heap firewood around the fireplace
Stack your books up on the shelves

Stack

Arrange the order of so as to increase one's winning chances;
Stack the deck of cards

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