Get n-th element from stack in Forth

Is there a way to access an element of the stack by its index in Forth, without popping all the elements above it?

For example, if I have the numbers 1 to 1000 pushed to the stack, how can I get the 500th element?


  • 500 PICK

    ...will copy the element 500 levels down the stack to the top of the stack in Forth79.

    More relevant: PICK is in the core extension wordset in ISO93 Forth, the base of the current standard. The definition of PICK in this standard is 0-based, e.g. '0 PICK' is equivalent to 'DUP'. See section 6.2.2030