pack

noun, often attributive
\ ˈpak How to pronounce pack (audio) \

Definition of pack

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a bundle arranged for convenience in carrying especially on the back
b : a group or pile of related objects
c(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
2a : the contents of a bundle
b : a large amount or number : heap a pack of lies
c : a full set of playing cards
3a : an act or instance of packing
b : a method of packing
4a : a set of persons with a common interest : clique
b : an organized unit (as of Cub Scouts)
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 : a concentrated or compacted mass (as of snow or ice)
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 sense 2
8a : a cosmetic paste for the face
b : an application or treatment of oils or creams for conditioning the scalp and hair
9 : material used in packing

pack

verb (1)
packed; packing; packs

Definition of pack (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to make into a compact bundle
b : to fill completely fans packed the stadium
c : to fill with packing pack a joint in a pipe
d : to load with a pack pack a mule
e : to put in a protective container goods packed for shipment
2a : to crowd together
b : to increase the density of : compress
3a : to cause or command to go without ceremony packed him off to school
b : 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
4 : to gather into tight formation : make a pack of (animals, such as hounds)
5 : to cover or surround with a pack
6a : to transport on foot or on the back of an animal pack a canoe overland
b : to wear or carry as equipment pack a gun
c : to be supplied or equipped with : possess a storm packing hurricane winds
d : to make or be capable of making (an impact) a book that packs a man-sized punch— C. J. Rolo

intransitive verb

1a : to go away without ceremony : depart simply packed up and left
b : quit, stop used with up or in why don't you pack in, before you kill yourself— Millard Lampell
2a : to stow goods and equipment for transportation
b : to be suitable for packing a knit dress packs well
3a : to assemble in a group : congregate
b : to crowd together
4 : to become built up or compacted in a layer or mass the ore packed into a stony mass
5a : to carry goods or equipment
b : to travel with one's baggage (as by horse)

pack

verb (2)
packed; packing; packs

Definition of pack (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to influence the composition of so as to bring about a desired result pack a jury
2 archaic : to arrange (the cards in a pack) so as to cheat

pack

adjective

Definition of pack (Entry 4 of 4)

chiefly Scotland

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Other Words from pack

Verb (1)

packability \ ˌpa-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce packability (audio) \ noun
packable \ ˈpa-​kə-​bəl How to pronounce packable (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

pack, cram, and stuff mean to fill something to its limit or beyond. pack may be used for the act of filling up tightly in an orderly way. Pack a trunk. Or it may mean filling up something too much. People packed the room. cram usually is used when something has been filled in a forceful, careless, or disorderly way. She crammed everything into one small box. stuff means filling something as much as it will hold and often to the point of bulging. I stuffed my bag with apples.

Examples of pack in a Sentence

Noun

He took a map and a bottle of water out of his pack. hikers carrying heavy packs up a mountain They loaded the packs onto the horses. The entire pack of crayons spilled on the floor. Cigarettes typically come in packs of 20. You'll receive your informational pack upon arrival.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Depending on the strength, the amount of nicotine in a Juul pod is roughly equivalent to a pack of cigarettes. Anna Edney, Fortune, "Juul and Other E-Cigarette Devices Are Under Investigation by the FDA as Possible Cause of Seizures," 29 Aug. 2019 Each entree comes with two sides and a pack of Oreo cookies. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "Kid-friendly restaurants: 9 places in Indianapolis with the best children's menus," 29 Aug. 2019 The men took $100 in cash and four packs of cigarettes during a robbery in which no weapon was displayed, police said. chicagotribune.com, "Men take cash, cigarettes in Wilmette 7-Eleven robbery," 28 Aug. 2019 Pop is in the middle, wearing a T. Rex shirt and holding a pack of Lucky Strikes between his teeth. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Survival of Iggy Pop," 26 Aug. 2019 One Juul pod is designed to replace one pack of cigarettes, according to the company. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio mom sues Juul after teen daughters become addicted to e-cigarettes. Juuling led to mood swings and migraines, suit says.," 26 Aug. 2019 As the preseason projections continue to roll out for the upcoming campaign, ESPN has tallied its expert predictions for 2019-20 and have the Blazers finishing in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference. Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "ESPN predicts Trail Blazers will finish with 47 wins, 7th place in the Western Conference," 23 Aug. 2019 Here, in no particular order, is a look at who stood out from the pack in the potentially make-or-break faceoff, who held their ground — and whose presidential hopes may be at risk. NBC News, "Warren shuts down audience laughter: ‘This isn’t funny.’," 31 July 2019 After a recent re-ranking of farm systems by Baseball America and FanGraphs, the Giants have four top-100 prospects and a system that now checks in around the middle of the pack in baseball. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Two ousted Giants executives created more trade deadline flexibility," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And pack your dancing boots, because there are plenty of places to step lively after the Round-Up. oregonlive, "Let ‘er Buck: How to navigate the Pendleton Round-Up," 31 Aug. 2019 Always pack some high-energy snacks that will keep you full and alert for a long time. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "Hitting the road? Packing these 10 simple things could save your life," 31 Aug. 2019 Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 4 storm, is packing maximum sustained winds of 140 mph with higher gusts. CBS News, "Dorian expected to be "extremely dangerous" as it heads for U.S. — live updates," 31 Aug. 2019 Ingredients ½ cup packed light brown sugar, plus more as needed ½ cup dried hibiscus flowers (jamaica) 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice Instructions Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Maria Zizka, Los Angeles Times, "Five or Fewer: Chill out with these summertime sweets," 30 Aug. 2019 The original PirateBox consisted of a wireless router, a network adapter, and a thumb drive all packed into a lunchbox emblazoned with a skull and crossbones. Wired, "This DIY Implant Lets You Stream Movies From Inside Your Leg," 30 Aug. 2019 Hilliard, who made his major-league debut Tuesday night, packed a lot of promise in his suitcase when he was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ Sam Hilliard brings promise of speed and power. Can he deliver?," 30 Aug. 2019 At Camp Pendleton, in California, Nez packed up his Marine uniforms, his fatigues, and placed them in the mail. Betty Reid, azcentral, "To Chester Nez, last of the original Code Talkers, the words are more than a code," 29 Aug. 2019 On Tuesday night, May 14, 47 people packed into the small room in the basement of a residential building in the outskirts of Chisinau. Madeline Roache / Puhoi, Time, "'You’re Not a Person if You Don’t Drink.' How This Tiny European Country Developed the World's Worst Drinking Problem," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pack

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Verb (2)

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1686, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pack

Noun

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

Verb (2)

obsolete pack to make a secret agreement

Adjective

perhaps from obsolete pack to make a secret agreement

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The first known use of pack was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for pack

pack

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pack

: 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

noun
\ ˈpak How to pronounce pack (audio) \

Kids Definition of pack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a bundle arranged for carrying especially on the back of a person or animal
2 : a group of like persons or things a Cub Scout pack a wolf pack

pack

verb
packed; packing

Kids Definition of pack (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put into a container or bundle Pack your clothes.
2 : to put things into Have you packed a suitcase?
3 : to crowd into so as to make full : cram Students packed the auditorium.
4 : to send away Parents pack children off to school.

Other Words from pack

packer noun

pack

noun
\ ˈpak How to pronounce pack (audio) \

Medical Definition of pack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Medical Definition of pack (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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Legal Definition of pack

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

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