A stockpile is a large amount of something that you save for later. If you're worried about running out of your favorite flavor of bubble gum, you might decide to keep a stockpile of it.

If you hear the word stockpile on the news, it's probably referring to weapons which are accumulated and saved by a country that might need to use them some day in the future. You can use stockpile to describe the actual cache of weapons and also as a verb, to describe the act of storing them. The word was originally a mining term that literally described a pile of ore. During World War II, stockpile became a more general term.

Definitions of stockpile
  1. noun
    something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose
    synonyms: backlog, reserve
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    a supply or stock held in reserve for future use (especially in emergencies)
    fuel level
    the amount of fuel remaining
    reserve account, reserve fund
    funds taken out of earnings to provide for anticipated future payments
    blood bank
    a place for storing whole blood or blood plasma
    eye bank
    a place for storing and preserving corneas that are obtained from human corpses immediately after death; used for corneal transplantation to patients with corneal defects
    food bank
    a place where food is contributed and made available to those in need
    soil bank
    land retired from crop cultivation and planted with soil-building crops; government subsidies are paid to farmers for their retired land
    hidden reserve
    reserves that do not show up on the balance sheet (as by understating values)
    any communal combination of funds
    allowance, allowance account, valuation account, valuation reserve
    a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
    type of:
    (finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation
  2. noun
    a storage pile accumulated for future use
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    type of:
    agglomerate, cumulation, cumulus, heap, mound, pile
    a collection of objects laid on top of each other
  3. verb
    have on hand
    synonyms: carry, stock
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    type of:
    have, have got, hold
    have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
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