- 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 stackingmountain, pyramid, heap, bundle, sheaf, load, stockpile, pile, drift, hill, mass, bank, mound, hoard, cock, assemblage, pack, amass, accumulate, rick
Examples from the Web for stacking
Contemporary Examples of stacking
These samples are biased, stacking the deck in favor of a connection between mental disorder and violence.Massacres and Madness
December 14, 2013
Stacking my mess of chips, I looked down a third time and saw two kings ... two majestic kings.World Series of Poker: How Jonathan Miller Almost Won It All (Really)
July 6, 2013
They are clearly trying to take over the Armed Forces by stacking its junior cadres with their own members.Morsi-less: Are Egyptians Done with the Muslim Brothers?
July 1, 2013
These days, people are stacking up to see the last of autumn's vibrant colors.Gal With a Suitcase
November 6, 2010
Historical Examples of stacking
Herein, the Bismarckian skill at stacking the cards reaches its height.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
I looked up from stacking the chips I had just bought from Nick.Card Trick
Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
"We're stacking them up so they'll be easy to get at," answered one.Christmas Holidays at Merryvale
Alice Hale Burnett
Men and robots were stacking crates and he asked one of the men for Krannon.Deathworld
The people were all at work in the fields betimes, cutting and stacking the barley.Northern Travel
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