[ 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), 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.

Nearby words

  1. stockjobber,
  2. stockless,
  3. stockman,
  4. stockout,
  5. stockowner,
  6. stockport,
  7. stockpot,
  8. stockrider,
  9. stockroom,
  10. stockroute

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

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British Dictionary definitions for stockpile


/ (ˈstɒkˌpaɪl) /


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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