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[stok-pahyl] /ˈstɒkˌpaɪl/
a supply of material, as a pile of gravel in road maintenance.
a large supply of some metal, chemical, food, etc., gathered and held in reserve for use during a shortage or during a period of higher prices.
a quantity, as of munitions or weapons, accumulated for possible future use.
verb (used with object), stockpiled, stockpiling.
to accumulate (material, goods, or the like) for future use; put or store in a stockpile.
verb (used without object), stockpiled, stockpiling.
to accumulate in a stockpile.
Origin of stockpile
First recorded in 1915-20; stock + pile1
Related forms
stockpiler, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And they've got a stockpile of ionic bombs ready at all times in case we get out of hand.

    Dead World Jack Douglas
  • They knew there'd be a need of individuality then—and they did create a stockpile.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
  • So far, the stockpile is big enough for about a week and a half of real cold.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones
  • Next, this Government is in the storage and stockpile business to the melancholy tune of more than $16 billion.

  • A stockpile of the younger generation, specially educated; a stockpile of the older generation, carefully selected.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
British Dictionary definitions for stockpile


to acquire and store a large quantity of (something)
a large store or supply accumulated for future use
Derived Forms
stockpiler, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stockpile

1872, from stock (n.2) + pile. Originally a term in mining. The verb is attested from 1921. Extended to general use during World War II.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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