- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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 followed 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.
- 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., especially unethically, in order to achieve an advantage or desired result.
Origin of stack
Related Words for stackmountain, pyramid, heap, bundle, sheaf, load, stockpile, pile, drift, hill, mass, bank, mound, hoard, cock, assemblage, pack, amass, accumulate, rick
Examples from the Web for stack
Contemporary Examples of stack
She suggested that Gregory stack newspapers on his desk to give the set an intimate, coffeehouse feel.David Gregory's 'Meet the Press' Eviction Exposed in Washingtonian Takedown
December 23, 2014
Place the stack of phyllo dough sheets on a cutting board and cover it with a slightly damp towel.The Barefoot Contessa’s Tasty Trip to Paris
November 27, 2014
Jimbo and I sat next to each other, Indian style, and leaned against the stack of black Hefty bags and electronics.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
And what that left was the jewelry and the stack of black chips and the girl who worked nights for a living.The Stacks: Pete Dexter on What It’s Like to Lose the Knack of Having Fun
September 20, 2014
It will have to stack up against everything else the medium has to offer.Gamers Want to Game: Video Games Aren't Blockbuster Movies
August 28, 2014
Historical Examples of stack
Or, you goin' to get her a stack of every colour and let her play with you?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"That's quite a stack of chips you're carrying," Sperry observed.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
"I have got to the corner of the stack, and as well as I can judge you must be just round it," he said.
You'll have to send Andrew to build up the stack again—that's all.
Owens leapt from the stack, and the men caught up their guns.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
Word Origin for stack
c.1300, "pile, heap, or group of things," from Old Norse stakkr "haystack" (cf. Danish stak, Swedish stack "heap, stack"), from Proto-Germanic *stakkoz, from PIE *stognos- (cf. Old Church Slavonic stogu "heap," Russian stog "haystack," Lithuanian stokas "pillar"), from root *steg- "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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with stack
- stack the cards
- stack up
- blow one's top (stack)
- cards are stacked
- needle in a haystack
- swear on a stack of bibles