stockpile (n.) 1872, from STOCK (Cf. stock) (n.2) + PILE (Cf. pile). Originally a term in mining. The verb is attested from 1921. Extended to general use during World War II.

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  • stockpile — [stäk′pīl΄] n. a reserve supply of goods, raw material, etc., accumulated esp. in anticipation of future shortage or emergency vt., vi. stockpiled, stockpiling to accumulate a stockpile (of) stockpiler n …   English World dictionary

  • stockpile — index accumulate (amass), collection (accumulation), cumulation, fund, garner, hoard (noun), hoard …   Law dictionary

  • stockpile — ► NOUN ▪ a large accumulated stock of goods or materials. ► VERB ▪ accumulate a large stock of …   English terms dictionary

  • stockpile — ▪ I. stockpile stockpile 2 noun [countable] COMMERCE a large supply of goods, weapons etc that are being kept for use in the future, often because they will be difficult to obtain later: • Following poor harvests, stockpiles of grain are expected …   Financial and business terms

  • stockpile — I UK [ˈstɒkˌpaɪl] / US [ˈstɑkˌpaɪl] noun [countable] Word forms stockpile : singular stockpile plural stockpiles a large collection of things that may be needed The country is believed to have stockpiles of chemical weapons. II UK [ˈstɒkˌpaɪl] /… …   English dictionary

  • Stockpile — A stockpile is a pile or storage location for bulk materials, forming part of the bulk materials handling process.Stockpiles are used in many different areas, such as in a port, refinery or manufacturing facility. The stockpile is normally… …   Wikipedia

  • stockpile — stock|pile1 [ˈstɔkpaıl US ˈsta:k ] n a large supply of things that is kept ready for use in the future = ↑store stockpile of ▪ a stockpile of nuclear weapons stockpile 2 stockpile2 v [T] to keep adding to a supply of goods, weapons etc that you… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stockpile — I. noun Date: 1872 a storage pile: as a. a reserve supply of something essential accumulated within a country for use during a shortage b. a gradually accumulated reserve of something < avert stockpiles of unsold cars Bert Pierce > II. transitive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stockpile — stockpiler, n. /stok puyl /, n., v., stockpiled, stockpiling. n. 1. a supply of material, as a pile of gravel in road maintenance. 2. a large supply of some metal, chemical, food, etc., gathered and held in reserve for use during a shortage or… …   Universalium