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), stock·piled, stock·pil·ing.

to accumulate (material, goods, or the like) for future use; put or store in a stockpile.

verb (used without object), stock·piled, stock·pil·ing.

to accumulate in a stockpile.

Origin of stockpile

First recorded in 1915–20; stock + pile1
Related formsstock·pil·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stockpile

Contemporary Examples of stockpile

Historical Examples of stockpile

  • 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.

  • 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 Formsstockpiler, noun
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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.

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