From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstockpilestock‧pile1 /ˈstɒkpaɪl $ ˈstɑːk-/ noun [countable] PMWGROUP OF THINGSa large supply of things that is kept ready for use in the future SYN storestockpile of a stockpile of nuclear weapons
Examples from the Corpusstockpile• Some of Britain's biggest firms have joined the lobbying for a stockpile.• Power was dependent on maintaining a stockpile of arms and professional soldiers.• The ultimate question, however, was what would happen to the steadily accumulating stockpiles of nuclear waste in the long term.• Minimum operating levels are stockpiles of crude and refined products held by refiners that are considered adequate to meet average seasonal demand.• Both rutile and iron will be accumulating in stockpiles on the Moon.• While some of last year's stockpile has vanished, a lot of oil is still sloshing around in storage.• As the official in charge of the stockpile, Jones administers the 114 depots and warehouses that store the materials.stockpile of• stockpiles of nuclear missilesstockpilestockpile2 verb [transitive] PMWINCREASE IN ACTIVITY, FEELINGS ETCto keep adding to a supply of goods, weapons etc that you are keeping ready to use if you need them in the future An enormous volume of explosives was stockpiled inside one of the buildings.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusstockpile• Kitchen cabinets have been quake-proofed, flashlights and foods bought, and water stockpiled.• Several militant groups are continuing to stockpile illegal weapons.• Imports of plastic waste rose by 450 percent during 1992, while Recoup is forced to stockpile its own waste.• The interior minister for Bavaria, Guenther Beckstein, has said that Scientologists are stockpiling large amounts of cyanide and weapons.• Quit your old job when you have enough money stockpiled to keep you through the low-income days ahead. 3.• Last winter, he was unable to stockpile weapons and ammunition.From Longman Business Dictionarystockpilestock‧pile1 /ˈstɒkpaɪlstɑːk-/ verb [transitive]COMMERCE to keep adding to a large supply of goods, weapons etc that are being kept for use or possible use in the futureThe US government began stockpiling oil in response to the oil embargo. —stockpiler noun [countable]We have yet to see one of the big stockpilers of gold announce significant disposals. —stockpiling noun [uncountable]the stockpiling of chemical and biological weapons→ See Verb tablestockpilestockpile2 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 laterFollowing poor harvests, stockpiles of grain are expected to fall to their tightest level for 20 years.