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

Shenzi, whose pack of scavengers have been chafing under the rule of a big jungle cat who decides who eats whom and when, is only too happy to aid and abet Scar’s coup. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "‘The Lion King’ feels way more like ‘Hamlet’ this time — and that’s why it’s so good," 18 July 2019 However, Minnesota packs were an exception, as the wolf population increased to more than 1,000 during this time. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Gray wolves could be dropped from endangered species list," 12 July 2019 To avoid compromising the Mini's diminutive form factor, the battery pack is T-shaped, and apparently there's no reduction in cargo volume as a result. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The electric Mini is going into production; deliveries start early 2020," 9 July 2019 The car's battery pack is T-shaped and runs down the center of the car and under the back seats. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Mini Cooper goes electric," 9 July 2019 Bautz and Shaner will also lead a School of Brett tasting and cheese pairing ($20) July 11 at Beer on the Wall (106 Main St., Park Ridge), where four-packs will be for sale. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Beer(s) of the month: School of Brett highlights Brettanomyces yeast in a mixed four-pack of saisons," 8 July 2019 Cars and tour buses pack into whatever parking space might be available, backing up traffic in both directions. Nick Rahaim, SFChronicle.com, "Traffic, selfies, poop: Tourists erode beauty of Big Sur," 5 July 2019 This two-pack is perfect for anyone who wants to use one as a wet makeup brush holder and one as, well, a pool noodle. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Viral Hack Uses a Pool Noodle to Dry Makeup Brushes Without Misshaping the Bristles," 27 June 2019 Another one where Naperville leads the pack is home improvement. Diane Moca, Naperville Sun, "Naperville's top suburb in state for retail sales for 2nd consecutive year," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ever notice how this book haven is packed tighter than any other American urban center? Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Literary Dallas is finally seeing the respect — and dollars — it deserves. So why are we still worried about its future?," 19 July 2019 Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, the palace’s artworks were packed for safekeeping into wooden crates and moved from villa to villa. Washington Post, "Painting, stolen by Nazi soldier, is back in Florence museum," 19 July 2019 Although written about America at the dawn of the 20th century, this musical based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel is packed with issues that demand our attention today. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "SoCal theater, July 21-28: ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘West Side Story’ and more," 19 July 2019 The season just passed—the first of a new decade—was packed with collections whose designers aimed to subvert and flip male archetypes. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Guys in Skirts Is Only the Start—The Menswear Revolution Is Just Beginning," 18 July 2019 The old man’s beard that Ramsay foraged from the top of Chimney Rock has already been made into tea, but the spruce tips—which are packed with vitamin C and contain carotenoids, potassium, and magnesium—are used in everything from salads to stews. Jill K. Robinson, National Geographic, "Gordon Ramsay Braves the Icy Alaska Panhandle," 17 July 2019 Even for those not set on personally navigating gradients, pitches and boils, Chamonix’s social calendar is packed hosting global events that attract the world’s fittest and most ambitious. Jerry Soverinsky, USA TODAY, "Chamonix, France: An Alpine outdoor adventure paradise for every sport, skill and budget," 16 July 2019 Take Amazon’s approach to a Colorado sorting center (where packed boxes are sorted and shipped, in contrast to fulfilment centers, where the boxes are packed with your products). Matt Simon, WIRED, "Robots Alone Can't Solve Amazon's Labor Woes," 15 July 2019 Peak summer travel season is in full swing, and although the airports might be full of crowds and the planes are packed with passengers, there's no reason to suffer through a cramped flight at the back of a tired old aircraft. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 New Business Class Cabins We're Excited to Fly This Summer," 12 July 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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