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

Their suspicion may have stemmed from his eight-pack abs and frankly ridiculous jaw line. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Can ‘Illuminati Tinder’ Save Us All?," 27 June 2018 Teams could jam-pack mission specific gear into a Proteus – such as weapons, ammo, micro air drones and communication equipment - for stealthy transport to a target location. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Futuristic mini-sub could be a valuable weapon for Navy SEALs," 7 June 2018 Neighbors in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato flocked to a small adobe shed to buy packs of 10 for 10 pesos, Miguel said. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Taqueria Maya owners open Mexican restaurant with a millennial twist in railyard," 12 July 2018 Free pretzels will continue to be offered, while additional snacks such as small packs of cookies or chips will be available on longer flights, Southwest said., "SoftBank raises stake in Yahoo Japan in purchase from Altaba," 11 July 2018 Available as a 35cl bottle, perfect for manbags and gym bottles, or as a pack of three 5cl minis, a great solution to body cavity searches. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Liquor company slammed for releasing 'Novichok' vodka named after deadly nerve agent," 10 July 2018 The two had with them a full bottle of Captain Morgan’s rum, two cups, three cans of Diet Coke, a pack of cigarettes and a bag of ice. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mother was fishing, drinking while child was locked in car on hot day in Franklin, complaint says," 10 July 2018 Twellman bought a pack of 24 Crayola crayons and another set of 10 Crayola markers. Jacob Feldman,, "How ESPN Is Covering the World Cup Without Highlights," 10 July 2018 In 2007, close to 73 percent of U.S. hospitals handed out packs of free formula, bottles and coupons — familiar to just about anyone who gave birth in the 1990s and early 2000s. NBC News, "Report that U.S. suppressed breastfeeding resolution shocks advocates," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Royal Fern Skin Illuminating Ampoules are jam-packed with brightening vitamin C, texture-smoothing niacinamide, and anti-inflammatory chlorophyll and designed to be applied post-cleansing, pre-moisturizer. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "The Importance of Germany in the Skin-Care Industry," 24 Oct. 2018 Riverdale is jam-packed with meaningful literary and film references. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "The Best "Riverdale" Season 3 Fan Theories, According to Reddit," 1 Oct. 2018 These pursuits, which demanded vast swaths of space and time, could not be packed for the road when my parents wanted to, say, take a family trip to Yosemite, which was my own kind of prescribed hell. Sheila Marikar, ELLE Decor, "An Ode to the Perverse Pleasure of Needlepoint," 6 Sep. 2018 This journal is packed with tons of features, like bullet stencils, conversion charts, and a pen holder. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "10 Best Notebooks to Help You Crush Your Classes This Semester," 5 Sep. 2018 Even better, the Ford Escape is packed with safety features—such as Intelligent 4 Wheel Drive and Forward Collision Warning—to give you peace of mind while hitting the open road. Nadine Jolie Courtney, Redbook, "Genius Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy on Road Trips," 16 Aug. 2018 The room was packed, and women had to squeeze past round tables set close together to get to the brunch buffet. Samantha Melamed,, "After 26 years working with at-risk teens, can a Philly couple forgive the one who killed their son?," 13 July 2018 The results have been remarkable so far, and her summer is jam-packed with more tournaments. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Xavier Prep's Ashley Menne is the next big thing to hit Arizona high school athletics," 12 July 2018 This song isn’t revolutionary to Drake’s musical arsenal but pads the B-side with another vibey cut jam-packed with lines perfect for subliminal Instagram captions. Scott Glaysher, Billboard, "Ranking Each Song From the B-Side of Drake's 'Scorpion' Album: Critic's Take," 30 June 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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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