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stockpile

[stok-pahyl] /ˈstɒkˌpaɪl/
noun
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 during a period of higher prices.
3.
a quantity, as of munitions or weapons, accumulated for possible future use.
verb (used with object), stockpiled, stockpiling.
4.
to accumulate (material, goods, or the like) for future use; put or store in a stockpile.
verb (used without object), stockpiled, stockpiling.
5.
to accumulate in a stockpile.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; stock + pile1
Related forms
stockpiler, noun
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Examples from the web for stockpile
  • If your own superhero stockpile is spent and you're looking to replenish, then look no further.
  • But now the government is getting out of the helium business, and it's selling the stockpile to all comers.
  • Humans are natural pack rats, and given the chance we'll stockpile anything of nominal value.
  • There was no way for us to stockpile systems over the summer to meet the holiday rush.
  • The money from stockpile sales is pumped back into elephant conservation.
  • Coal reserves represent the largest stockpile of nonrenewable resources in the world.
  • Not all gold investors stockpile guns and tinned food in remote cabins, of course.
  • There is a stockpile of explanations to draw on for the fall.
  • It is driven by collectors rather than dealers, who stockpile or underbid simply to push up prices.
  • It also means the quality of the fuel degrades almost as soon as you start to make it, meaning that you cannot stockpile the fuel.
British Dictionary definitions for stockpile

stockpile

/ˈstɒkˌpaɪl/
verb
1.
to acquire and store a large quantity of (something)
noun
2.
a large store or supply accumulated for future use
Derived Forms
stockpiler, noun
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Word Origin and History for stockpile
n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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