pack

noun, often attributive
\ ˈpak \

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 \ noun
packable \ ˈpa-​kə-​bəl \ 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, startups trying to differentiate themselves from the pack are pushing into groovier (though still highly legible) territory. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 The team that has typically separated itself from the pack by this point in the season is firmly in the middle of it now. WSJ, "How the Grinch Stole the Patriots’ December Invincibility," 17 Dec. 2018 While some guys stuck to good ol' fashion suits (Momoa wore a leather jacket and jeans), Heard broke from the pack to channel mer-people vibes. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Amber Heard Paired Her Valentino Gown With a Swim Cap at Aquaman's London Premiere," 26 Nov. 2018 And, just to dispel any other rumors as to why Meghan was separated from the pack, People reported that the balconies are simply too small to fit everyone on one. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Honored Veterans Together for Remembrance Day," 11 Nov. 2018 Part of the reason the Nvidia Shield stands out from the pack is its awesome gaming options. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Nvidia's Shield TV, the best media streamer for enthusiasts, hits its lowest price yet," 7 Nov. 2018 In an era where laptops all have started to blur together visually, a notch could set a next-gen MacBook apart from the pack. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The MacBook Air needs Face ID and a delightful notch," 6 Nov. 2018 One other cool perk that sets Avid apart from the pack, however, is the ability for guests to book an exact room—much like how passengers can now select their exact airplane seat. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Avid, a New Value Hotel Brand from InterContinental, to Open Across the U.S.," 7 Aug. 2018 With a fiery range that recalled early Whitney Houston, Aguilera was able to separate herself from the pack of pop ingénues reaching superstar status during the early aughts. Gerrick D. Kennedy, latimes.com, "After a six-year hiatus, Christina Aguilera finds her 'Liberation'," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Most protein powders pack at least 15 grams of protein per serving. Christine Byrne, SELF, "21 High-Protein Smoothies With No Protein Powder," 2 Jan. 2019 Omorovicza’s skin-softening blend of apricot kernel, calendula, and carrot oils, infused with reparative golden flecks, packs a one-two punch that delivers a gleaming head-to-toe glow. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "8 Gold Beauty Products for Your Brightest New Year’s Eve Yet," 31 Dec. 2018 Alex Wong/Getty Images In his latest spin about federal prosecutors implicating him in felonies, President Donald Trump managed to pack three falsehoods into a mere two sentences. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "What’s illegal about Trump’s hush payments to women, briefly explained," 12 Dec. 2018 Bridge inspectors based in Alaska’s capital, Juneau, packed and got on a plane that night. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "How Alaska fixed its earthquake-shattered roads in just days," 8 Dec. 2018 On top of their under-$40 accessories line at Walmart and their epic Macy's line (packed with puffer coats and mini skirts), the Jenner sisters have just released their first-ever party collection at PacSun. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner Launched Their First-Ever Holiday Clothing Collection – and Nothing's Over $36," 29 Nov. 2018 Usually, a supercharger packs extra air into combustion chambers so the engine can mix it with extra fuel, for the sake of more power. Matt Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "How a Knocking Engine Is the Sign of Automotive Innovation," 28 Nov. 2018 As for her footwear choices, the Duchess of Sussex packed quite a few designer pairs of heels for the royal tour, but also managed to sneak in some daytime-appropriate flats, including brown sandals and comfy sneakers. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "How Meghan Markle's Style Might Change Now That She's Pregnant," 6 Nov. 2018 More than a dozen family members packed the courtroom Friday morning for the sentencing. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Former Navajo Nation police officer sentenced to 16 years in prison for fatal DUI crash," 14 July 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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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