AskDefine | Define stockpile

Dictionary Definition



1 something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose [syn: reserve, backlog]
2 a storage pile accumulated for future use v : have on hand; "Do you carry kerosene heaters?" [syn: stock, carry]

User Contributed Dictionary



stock + pile


  1. a supply of something kept safe for future use


supply for future use


  1. to accumulate a stockpile

Extensive Definition

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 created by a stacker. A reclaimer is used to recover the material. Stockpiles are normally stacked in stockyards in refineries, ports and mine sites.
A simple stockpile is formed by machinery dumping coal into a pile, either from dump trucks, pushed into heaps with bulldozers or from conveyor booms. More controlled stockpiles are formed using stackers to form piles along the length of a conveyor, and reclaimers to retrieve the coal when required for product loading, etc.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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