haystack haystack  /ˈheɪ ˌstæk/


  • (n) a stack of hay



  1. One summer day in 1806 a band of pious students at Williams College got caught in a thundershower, huddled under a haystack to keep dry and held a prayer meeting.
  2. Claude Monet: I feel like I've seen this haystack before.
  3. Crashing in flames atop a nearby haystack, he counted only a few broken bones.


  1. Dataminr raises $30M to keep surfacing the most significant tweets

    The needle-and-haystack analogy of finding important insights inside big data certainly applies to tweets, and Dataminr, one service that find the needles in the Twitter firehose, just got more venture funding.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: GigaOM

  2. Bennington Banner: Letters: Haystack/Hermitage Club good for Mount Snow - Bennington Banner

    Mount Snow’s management’s recent edict barring its employees from having any affiliation with Haystack/Hermitage Club is based on the faulty premise that somehow the success of Haystack/Hermitage Club is coming at the expense of Mount Snow. In fact, the complete opposite is true.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Bennington Banner

  3. Video: NSA surveillance programs are "legal," Ruppersberger says

    Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters following a briefing on leaked NSA surveillance programs that mass databases are required because "if you have to find a needle in a haystack, you need the haystack."
    on June 12, 2013     Source: CBS News


  1. "It's like trying to pick a needle from a haystack, but we are now going to launch a nationwide programme in India to identify young talent and this is a pretty complex exercise," he said. "It involves several karting tracks all over the...
    on Jul 3, 2010 By: Vijay Mallya Source: ITV.com

  2. "It was like a needle in a haystack," White said.
    on Dec 14, 2007 By: Bob White Source: Guardian Unlimited

  3. "The 11 million containers that transit the ports every year (are) an enormous moving haystack that could conceal a deadly needle," said Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky.
    on Mar 5, 2007 By: Hal Rogers Source: FOXNews

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