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pack

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noun, often attributive \ˈpak\

Definition of pack

  1. 1a :  a bundle arranged for convenience in carrying especially on the backb :  a group or pile of related objectsc (1) :  a number of individual components packaged as a unit a pack of gum (2) :  container (3) :  a compact unitized assembly to perform a specific function (4) :  a stack of magnetic disks in a container for use as a storage device

  2. 2a :  the contents of a bundleb :  a large amount or number :  heap a pack of liesc :  a full set of playing cards

  3. 3a :  an act or instance of packingb :  a method of packing

  4. 4a :  a set of persons with a common interest :  cliqueb :  an organized unit (as of Cub Scouts)

  5. 5a (1) :  a group of domesticated animals trained to hunt or run together (2) :  a group of often predatory animals of the same kind a wolf pack (3) :  a large group of individuals massed together (as in a race)b :  wolf pack

  6. 6 :  a concentrated or compacted mass (as of snow or ice)

  7. 7 :  absorbent material (such as gauze pads) used to apply medicine or moisture or to press upon a body part or plug an opening (as to stop bleeding) — see ice pack 2

  8. 8a :  a cosmetic paste for the faceb :  an application or treatment of oils or creams for conditioning the scalp and hair

  9. 9 :  material used in packing

Examples of pack in a sentence

  1. He took a map and a bottle of water out of his pack.

  2. hikers carrying heavy packs up a mountain

  3. They loaded the packs onto the horses.

  4. The entire pack of crayons spilled on the floor.

  5. Cigarettes typically come in packs of 20.

  6. You'll receive your informational pack upon arrival.

Origin and Etymology of pack

Middle English, of Low German or Dutch origin; akin to Middle Low German & Middle Dutch pak pack


First Known Use: 13th century


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pack

verb

Definition of pack

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make into a compact bundleb :  to fill completely fans packed the stadiumc :  to fill with packing pack a joint in a piped :  to load with a pack pack a mulee :  to put in a protective container goods packed for shipment

  3. 2a :  to crowd togetherb :  to increase the density of :  compress

  4. 3a :  to cause or command to go without ceremony packed him off to schoolb :  to bring to an end :  give up —used with up or in might pack up the assignment —used especially in the phrase pack it in

  5. 4 :  to gather into tight formation :  make a pack of (animals, such as hounds)

  6. 5 :  to cover or surround with a pack

  7. 6a :  to transport on foot or on the back of an animal pack a canoe overlandb :  to wear or carry as equipment pack a gunc :  to be supplied or equipped with :  possess a storm packing hurricane windsd :  to make or be capable of making (an impact) a book that packs a man-sized punch — C. J. Rolo

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1a :  to go away without ceremony :  depart simply packed up and leftb :  quit, stop —used with up or in why don't you pack in, before you kill yourself — Millard Lampell

  10. 2a :  to stow goods and equipment for transportationb :  to be suitable for packing a knit dress packs well

  11. 3a :  to assemble in a group :  congregateb :  to crowd together

  12. 4 :  to become built up or compacted in a layer or mass the ore packed into a stony mass

  13. 5a :  to carry goods or equipmentb :  to travel with one's baggage (as by horse)

packability

play \ˌpa-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

packable

play \ˈpa-kə-bəl\ adjective

14th Century

First Known Use of pack

14th century


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pack

verb

Definition of pack

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to influence the composition of so as to bring about a desired result pack a jury

  3. 2 archaic :  to arrange (the cards in a pack) so as to cheat

Origin and Etymology of pack

obsolete pack to make a secret agreement


First Known Use: 1587


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pack

adjective

Definition of pack

chiefly Scotland

  1. :  intimate

Origin and Etymology of pack

perhaps from obsolete pack to make a secret agreement


First Known Use: 1686


PACK Defined for English Language Learners

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pack

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noun, often attributive \ˈpak\

Definition of pack for English Language Learners

  • : a bag or bundle of objects that is carried on a person's or animal's back

  • : a small paper or cardboard package in which small things are sold

  • : the amount contained in one pack


PACK Defined for Kids

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pack

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noun \ˈpak\

Definition of pack for Students

  1. 1 :  a bundle arranged for carrying especially on the back of a person or animal

  2. 2 :  a group of like persons or things a Cub Scout pack a wolf pack


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pack

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verb

Definition of pack for Students

packed

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packing

  1. 1 :  to put into a container or bundle Pack your clothes.

  2. 2 :  to put things into Have you packed a suitcase?

  3. 3 :  to crowd into so as to make full :  cram Students packed the auditorium.

  4. 4 :  to send away Parents pack children off to school.

packer

noun

Medical Dictionary

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pack

play
noun \ˈpak\

Medical Definition of pack

  1. 1:  a container shielded with lead or mercury for holding radium in large quantities especially for therapeutic application

  2. 2a:  absorbent material saturated with water or other liquid for therapeutic application to the body or a body part—see cold pack, hot pack; compare ice packb:  a folded square or compress of gauze or other absorbent material used especially to maintain a clear field in surgery, to plug cavities, to check bleeding by compression, or to apply medication


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pack

transitive verb

Medical Definition of pack

  1. :  to cover or surround with a pack packed it away from the operative field with gauze packs—R. P. Parsons; specifically :  to envelop (a patient) in a wet or dry sheet or blanket


Law Dictionary

pack

transitive verb

Legal Definition of pack

  1. :  to influence the composition of (as a political agency) so as to bring about a desired result pack a jury



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