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[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), stockpiled, stockpiling.
to accumulate (material, goods, or the like) for future use; put or store in a stockpile.
verb (used without object), stockpiled, stockpiling.
to accumulate in a stockpile.
Origin of stockpile
1915-20; stock + pile1
Related forms
stockpiler, noun Unabridged
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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


to acquire and store a large quantity of (something)
a large store or supply accumulated for future use
Derived Forms
stockpiler, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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