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Other Stack Definition

[n] a storage device that handles data so that the next item to be retrieved is the item most recently stored (LIFO)
[n] a large tall chimney through which combustion gases and smoke can be evacuated
[n] a list in which the next item to be removed is the item most recently stored (LIFO)
[n] an orderly pile
[n] (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must have cost plenty"
[v] arrange in stacks; "heap firewood around the fireplace"; "stack your books up on the shelves"
[v] load or cover with stacks; "stack a truck with boxes"
[v] to arrange in a stack or pile; "stagger the chairs in the lecture hall"

Misc. Definitions

\Stack\, a. [Icel. stakkr; akin to Sw. stack, Dan. stak. Sf. {Stake}.]
1. A large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, usually of a nearly conical form, but sometimes rectangular or oblong, contracted at the top to a point or ridge, and sometimes covered with thatch. But corn was housed, and beans were in the stack. --Cowper.
2. A pile of poles or wood, indefinite in quantity. Against every pillar was a stack of billets above a man's height. --Bacon.
3. A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet. [Eng.]
4. (Arch.) (a) A number of flues embodied in one structure, rising above the roof. Hence: (b) Any single insulated and prominent structure, or upright pipe, which affords a conduit for smoke; as, the brick smokestack of a factory; the smokestack of a steam vessel. {Stack of arms} (Mil.), a number of muskets or rifles set up together, with the bayonets crossing one another, forming a sort of conical self-supporting pile.
\Stack\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stacked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stacking}.] [Cf. Sw. stacka, Dan. stakke. See {Stack}, n.] To lay in a conical or other pile; to make into a large pile; as, to stack hay, cornstalks, or grain; to stack or place wood. {To stack arms} (Mil.), to set up a number of muskets or rifles together, with the bayonets crossing one another, and forming a sort of conical pile.
Many people who realised the importance of stacks and queues independently have given other names to these structures: stacks have been called push-down lists, reversion storages, cellars, dumps, nesting stores, piles, last-in first-out ("LIFO") lists, and even yo-yo lists!

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