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pack

Noun

1 a large indefinite number; "a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"; "a plurality of religions" [syn: battalion, large number, multitude, plurality]
2 a complete collection of similar things
3 a small parcel (as of cigarettes or film)
4 an association of criminals; "police tried to break up the gang"; "a pack of thieves" [syn: gang, ring, mob]
5 an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose [syn: clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, camp]
6 a group of hunting animals
7 a cream that cleanses and tones the skin [syn: face pack]
8 a sheet or blanket (either dry or wet) to wrap around the body for its therapeutic effect
9 a bundle (especially one carried on the back)

Verb

1 arrange in a container; "pack the books into the boxes" [ant: unpack]
2 fill to capacity; "This singer always packs the concert halls"; "They murder trial packed the court house"
3 compress into a wad; "wad paper into the box" [syn: bundle, wad, compact]
4 carry, as on one's back; "Pack your tents to the top of the mountain"
5 set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome; "pack a jury"
6 have with oneself; have on one's person; "She always takes an umbrella"; "I always carry money"; "She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains" [syn: carry, take]
7 press tightly together or cram; "The crowd packed the auditorium" [syn: throng, mob, pile, jam]
8 hike with a backpack; "Every summer they are backpacking in the Rockies" [syn: backpack]
9 press down tightly; "tamp the coffee grinds in the container to make espresso" [syn: tamp down, tamp]
10 seal with packing; "pack the faucet"
11 have the property of being packable or compactable or of compacting easily; "This powder compacts easily"; "Such odd-shaped items do not pack well" [syn: compact]
12 load with a pack [syn: load down]
13 treat the body or any part of it by wrapping it, as with blankets or sheets, and applying compresses to it, or stuffing it to provide cover, containment, or therapy, or to absorb blood; "The nurse packed gauze in the wound"; "You had better pack your swollen ankle with ice"

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English

Pronunciation

  • pæk
  • Rhymes with: -æk

Noun

  1. A bundle made up and prepared to be carried; especially, a bundle to be carried on the back; a load for an animal; a bale, as of goods.
  2. A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden.
  3. A number or quantity of connected or similar things; a collective.
  4. A full set of playing cards; also, the assortment used in a particular game; as, a euchre pack.
  5. A number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together.
  6. A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad design or practice; a gang; as, a pack of thieves or knaves.
  7. A shook of cask staves.
  8. A bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling simultaneously.
  9. A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more or less closely.
  10. An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment.
  11. : A loose, lewd, or worthless person.
  12. In the context of "snooker|pool": A tight group of object balls in cue sports. Usually the reds in snooker.

Translations

full set of playing cards
  • Czech: balíček
number of hounds or dogs
  • Czech: smečka
  • French: meute
  • Romanian: haită
  • Spanish: jauría

Verb

  1. To make a pack of; to arrange closely and securely in a pack; hence, to place and arrange compactly as in a pack; to press into close order or narrow compass; as to pack goods in a box; to pack fish.
  2. To fill in the manner of a pack, that is, compactly and securely, as for transportation; hence, to fill closely or to repletion; to stow away within; to cause to be full; to crowd into; as, to pack a trunk; the play, or the audience, packs the theater.
  3. To sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly.
  4. To bring together or make up unfairly and fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result; as, to pack a jury or a causes.
  5. To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot.
  6. To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber; as, to pack a horse.
  7. To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings; esp., to send away peremptorily or suddenly; – sometimes with off; as, to pack a boy off to school.
  8. To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or beasts).
  9. To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings.
  10. To render impervious, as by filling or surrounding with suitable material, or to fit or adjust so as to move without giving passage to air, water, or steam; as, to pack a joint; to pack the piston of a steam engine.
  11. To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.
  12. To admit of stowage, or of making up for transportation or storage; to become compressed or to settle together, so as to form a compact mass; as, the goods pack conveniently; wet snow packs well.
  13. To gather in flocks or schools; as, the grouse or the perch begin to pack.
  14. To depart in haste; – generally with off or away.
  15. To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion.
  16. To carry (one or more firearms) about one's person.

Derived terms

Translations

Extensive Definition

Pack may refer to:
Pack may also refer to:
pack in German: Pack
pack in French: Pack
pack in Kölsch: Pack (Watt ėßß datt?)

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