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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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

Today’s smartphone may have maddeningly small batteries, but Anker’s wireless chargers, portable battery packs, and variety of USB chargers will help all of your gadgets last through the day. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Power Up Your Smartphone and Electronics With This Anker Deal," 19 June 2019 Our play of the day Playa Chica was bet down to 6-1 with Flavien Prat almost riding a perfect race sitting at the back of the pack and flying home down the stretch to lose by a head running second. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! It’s the last two weeks at the Santa Anita meeting," 14 June 2019 Animosity on the part of drivers has been compounded by complaints of littering by bicyclists, such as squeezing their juice packs dry and tossing them to the side of the road. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Resurfaced Sugarloaf Mountain Road offers smoother ride for cyclists: ‘The road really looks nice’," 6 June 2019 All Preorder will also receive a Samsung VIP kit, which includes Samsung Galaxy Buds, a wireless charging battery pack, and a water bottle. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Verizon announces Galaxy S10 5G preorders and 20-city 5G expansion, but it’ll cost you," 25 Apr. 2019 But there weren’t any instructions on the pack or product websites about disposal. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Compostables, Meant to Cut Plastic Waste, Are Stumbling," 22 Jan. 2019 In lieu of flowers, please purchase a 6 pack or more of Miller Lite and laugh and enjoy a drink for Jeannie. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/27," 27 June 2018 These include cameras hidden in an attaché case, a cigarette pack, and one built into an umbrella. Jason Tesauro, chicagotribune.com, "Channel your inner James Bond at this auction of Soviet spy cameras," 25 June 2018 The 40,000-square-foot San Antonio plant operates 24 hours a day to produce, pack and ship potato, corn and tortilla chips to more than 300 H-E-B stores across Texas and Mexico. Paul Takahashi, San Antonio Express-News, "H-E-B snack plant to rise in northwest Houston," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Eat it by the beach, pack a dozen for a road trip, or bring them to a party. Annika Hom, BostonGlobe.com, "Move over, ice cream! Doughnuts on the rise this summer," 21 June 2019 The baby-faced Mexican with a 104 mph fastball eagerly waiting to pack his bags for the last challenge before an improbable big league debut turned 20 in January. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Padres prospect Andres Munoz rising almost as fast as his famed fastball," 20 June 2019 Meanwhile, Bonnie packs up all the toys for a road trip, and Woody has an unexpected reunion with his old friend Bo Peep. Detroit Free Press, "New movies: 'Toy Story 4,' 'Last Black Man in San Francisco,' 'Child's Play'," 19 June 2019 Finally, finally, finally she isn't convinced and sends him packing for the final time. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Far Does Luke P. Get On the Bachelorette?," 18 June 2019 Snap of the day An estimated 45,000 people packed a mile-long route in downtown Portland on Sunday for the Portland Pride Parade. oregonlive.com, "Missing Salem woman and son found dead in remote woods: Morning Briefing," 17 June 2019 Pride Houston packed two parties in for the weekend, including Baewatch x Salvation and Wonderland Houston. Houston Chronicle, "Pride, liquor and Instagram prove healthy draw for Houston partygoers (June 14-16)," 17 June 2019 And in the Mile High City, more than a million fans packed downtown for a victory parade 17 years after Elway capped his remarkable playing career by leading the Broncos to back-to-back titles. CBS News, "Pat Bowlen, Denver Broncos' owner, has died at 75," 14 June 2019 Select tickets for camping, the festival or both and pack up your tent and sleeping bag for a weekend filled with hiking, music and other activities. Noelle Zielinski, Cincinnati.com, "Summer festivals guide 2019," 12 June 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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