Arch vs Stack - What's the difference?

arch | stack |

As nouns the difference between arch and stack

is that arch is (senseid)an inverted u shape or arch can be (obsolete) a chief while stack is floor, storey.

As a verb arch

is to form into an arch shape.

As an adjective arch

is (senseid) knowing, clever, mischievous.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia arch) (commons)

Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl) .


  • (senseid)An inverted U shape.
  • An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
  • (senseid)(architecture) An architectural element having the shape of an arch
  • Any place covered by an arch; an archway.
  • to pass into the arch of a bridge
  • (archaic, geometry) An arc; a part of a curve.
  • References


  • To form into an arch shape
  • The cat arched its back
  • To cover with an arch or arches.
  • Etymology 2

    From the prefix . "Principal" is the original sense; "mischievous" is via onetime frequent collocation with rogue, knave, etc.


  • (senseid) Knowing, clever, mischievous.
  • I attempted to hide my emotions, but an arch remark escaped my lips.
  • * Tatler
  • [He] spoke his request with so arch a leer.
  • * 1906 , O. Henry,
  • A certain melancholy that touched her countenance must have been of recent birth, for it had not yet altered the fine and youthful contours of her cheek, nor subdued the arch though resolute curve of her lips.
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  • Lassiter ended there with dry humor, yet behind that was meaning. Jane blushed and made arch eyes at him.
  • Principal; primary.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the most arch act of piteous massacre
    Derived terms
    * (l)


  • (obsolete) A chief.
  • * Shakespeare
  • My worthy arch and patron comes to-night.


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    (wikipedia stack)


    (en noun)
  • (lb) A pile.
  • #A large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, larger at the bottom than the top, sometimes covered with thatch.
  • #*(William Cowper) (1731-1800)
  • #*:But corn was housed, and beans were in the stack .
  • #A pile of similar objects, each directly on top of the last.
  • #:
  • #(lb) A pile of poles or wood, indefinite in quantity.
  • #*(Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • #*:Against every pillar was a stack of billets above a man's height.
  • #A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet. (~3 m³)
  • A smokestack.
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  • *:With just the turn of a shoulder she indicated the water front, where, at the end of the dock on which they stood, lay the good ship, Mount Vernon , river packet, the black smoke already pouring from her stacks .
  • (lb) In digital computing.
  • #A linear data structure in which the last data item stored is the first retrieved; a LIFO queue.
  • #A portion of computer memory occupied by a stack' data structure, particularly (' the stack ) that portion of main memory manipulated during machine language procedure call related instructions.
  • #*1992 , Michael A. Miller, The 68000 Microprocessor Family: Architecture, Programming, and Applications , p.47:
  • #*:When the microprocessor decodes the JSR opcode, it stores the operand into the TEMP register and pushes the current contents of the PC ($00 0128) onto the stack .
  • (lb) A coastal landform, consisting of a large vertical column of rock in the sea.
  • (senseid)(lb) Compactly spaced bookshelves used to house large collections of books.
  • (lb) A large amount of an object.
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  • (lb) A pile of rifles or muskets in a cone shape.
  • (lb) The amount of money a player has on the table.
  • (lb) In architecture.
  • #A number of flues embodied in one structure, rising above the roof.
  • #A vertical drainpipe.
  • A fall or crash, a prang.
  • (lb) A blend of various dietary supplements or anabolic steroids with supposed synergistic benefits.
  • At Caltech, a lock, obstacle, or puzzle designed to prevent underclassmen from entering a senior's room during ditch day.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To arrange in a stack, or to add to an existing stack.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2013, date=January 22, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC
  • , title= Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (3-4) , passage=James Hanson, the striker who used to stack shelves in a supermarket, flashed a superb header past Shay Given from Gary Jones's corner 10 minutes after the break.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Catherine Clabby
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Focus on Everything , passage=Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus.
  • (card games) To arrange the cards in a deck in a particular manner.
  • (poker) To take all the money another player currently has on the table.
  • To deliberately distort the composition of (an assembly, committee, etc.).
  • (transitive, US, Australia, slang) To crash; to fall.
  • * 1975 , Laurie Clancy, A Collapsible Man , Outback Press, page 43,
  • Miserable phone calls from Windsor police station or from Russell Street. ‘Mum, I?ve stacked the car; could you get me a lawyer?’, the middle-class panacea for all diseases.
  • * 1984 , , A Country Quinella: Two Celebration Plays , page 80,
  • MARMALADE Who stacked the car? (pointing to SALOON) Fangio here.
    JOCK (standing) I claim full responsibility for the second bingle.
  • * 2002 , Ernest Keen, Depression: Self-Consciousness, Pretending, and Guilt , page 19,
  • Eventually he sideswiped a bus and forced other cars to collide, and as he finally stacked the car up on a bridge abutment, he passed out, perhaps from exhaustion, perhaps from his head hitting the windshield.
  • * 2007 , Martin Chipperfield, slut talk'', ''Night Falling , 34th Parallel Publishing, US, Trade Paperback, page 100,
  • oh shit danny, i stacked' the car / ran into sally, an old school friend / you ' stacked the car? / so now i need this sally?s address / for the insurance, danny says


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