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


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)


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



Definition of pack (Entry 4 of 4)

chiefly Scotland

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Verb (1)

packability \ˌpa-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
packable \ˈpa-kə-bəl \ adjective

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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


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

Four-packs of this Zwickelbier — an unfiltered, unpasteurized lager — sold for $11 at New Glory’s brewery off Folsom Boulevard. 11. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "These 15 Sacramento-area beers have the cleverest names of any released in 2018," 12 July 2018 If your goal is to get a six-pack, carbohydrates are very limited on your menu. Kimberly Garrison,, "How to get into Janet Jackson shape," 11 July 2018 And for Jennifer Lopez, that means a welcome excuse to show off her cultivated—and appropriately sun-kissed—six-pack. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Proves She Still Has the Best Abs in Hollywood," 9 July 2018 Lightning cables for $12.59, down from $40, or a three-pack of 3 ft. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Anker's fast-chargers and portable batteries are on sale for unheard-of prices for Amazon Prime users," 9 July 2018 Spring for the sauce boat ($3), a six-pack of fine house sauces — remoulade, Korean barbecue, Thai chile, garlicky aioli, peanut sauce and sambal mayonnaise. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "International flavors, down at the corner bar, are an American experience," 3 July 2018 His kindness and dedication quickly win him friends among the bizarrely gifted students, including a boy with jet-pack legs and a girl who can negate gravity. Charles Solomon,, "Anime Expo 2018 returns to L.A. with 'My Hero Academia: Two Heroes' premiere," 2 July 2018 The next moment, forty different cousins-of-friends'-sisters are knocking on your door toting a six-pack and a sheepish smile. Adrienne So, WIRED, "Up Your Backyard Barbecue Game With 14 Great Grillin’ Picks," 28 June 2018 He is scheduled to begin operating this summer on his 48-foot Uniflite, described as one of the biggest and most comfortable six-pack boats in San Diego. Ernie Cowan,, "The cats come out at night," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 2017, the Harts packed up and moved again, this time to Washington state. Joe Heim And Julie Tate,, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 What if the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Minnesota Vikings, fresh off their respective championship game losses at the end of the last NFL season, had to pack up a week later and meet each other for the bronze Lombardi. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "No one cares about the pointless World Cup bronze playoff. So FIFA should scrap it," 12 July 2018 That's when Charlie's mom began packing up her family's things as well, briefly turning her back to the pool. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Six-year-old twin brothers save toddler from drowning," 10 July 2018 Trump tells Pruitt to pack up his lotion and leave; the EU allows memes to live another day. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Trump drains his own swamp," 6 July 2018 The agency's warning comes as Americans pack up for the biggest July 4th travel period possibly ever, with AAA expecting 45 million-plus Americans to fuel up for trips of 50 miles or more. Joshua Hafner, ajc, "Gas pump credit card skimmers set to steal ahead of July 4th travel, Secret Service warns," 3 July 2018 But when packed up for travel, the DJI is noticeably more compact. Vjeran Pavic, The Verge, "Parrot Anafi drone review: flying high, but falling short," 2 July 2018 She was told Washington, who administered care, had packed up her bags and left her patients unattended for about a half hour before, records state. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "2 suspected of abusing disabled adults in El Mirage unlicensed care facility," 2 July 2018 Several more residents had packed up and fled Ohio that night, after a rumor spread that ICE was also planning to raid the trailer park. Eli Saslow, Anchorage Daily News, "Raids are separating families in the heartland," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of pack


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


1686, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pack


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


perhaps from obsolete pack to make a secret agreement

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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


\ 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


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


\ 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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