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Definition of Pack


  1. In hydropathic practice, a wrapping of blankets or sheets called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the condition of the blankets or sheets used, put about a patient to give him treatment; also, the fact or condition of being so treated.
  2. The forwards who compose one half of the scrummage; also, the scrummage.
  3. To cover, envelop, or protect tightly with something;
  4. to envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings.
  5. A pact.
  6. 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.
  7. A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden.
  8. A number or quantity of connected or similar things
  9. A full set of playing cards; also, the assortment used in a particular game; as, a euchre pack.
  10. A number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together.
  11. A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad design or practice; a gang; as, a pack of thieves or knaves.
  12. A shook of cask staves.
  13. A bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling simultaneously.
  14. A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more or less closely.
  15. An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment.
  16. A loose, lewd, or worthless person. See Baggage.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. To sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly.
  20. Hence: To bring together or make up unfairly and fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result; as, to pack a jury or a causes.
  21. To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot.
  22. To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber; as, to pack a horse.
  23. 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.
  24. To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or beasts).
  25. To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings. See Pack, n., 5.
  26. 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.
  27. To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.
  28. 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.
  29. To gather in flocks or schools; as, the grouse or the perch begin to pack.
  30. To depart in haste; -- generally with off or away.
  31. To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion.

Pack Quotations

I woke up one morning thinking about wolves and realized that wolf packs function as families. Everyone has a role, and if you act within the parameters of your role, the whole pack succeeds, and when that falls apart, so does the pack.
Jodi Picoult

Human beings either function as individuals or as members of a pack. There's a switch inside us, deep in our spirit, that you can turn one way or the other. It's almost always the case that our worst behaviour comes out when we're switched to the mob setting. The problem with a lot of software designs is that they switch us to that setting.
Jaron Lanier

Some people think that going on a caravan holiday is a slightly more upscale version of camping. Let me assure you, it is much better than that. You know that you will have your creature comforts wherever you are. I never have to pack light, and I can put the kettle on in any location.
Margaret Beckett

I think it's because in America you always get the sense that if you fail, you can just pack up your things and go somewhere else and try again. But in England, it's so geographically small that if somebody succeeds here, it reduces your chances of succeeding.
John Cleese

I'm a terrible packer. I don't pack lots and lots because I think I'll wear everything, I pack a lot because I never know what I'm going to need. I always go over the weight limit.
Kit Harington
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Pack Translations

pack in Afrikaans is pakket, pak
pack in Danish is pakke, indpakke
pack in Dutch is inpakken, pakken, verpakken
pack in Finnish is pakata
pack in French is emballer, emballons, emballent, emballez, ballot
pack in German is Stapel, packen, packen
pack in Italian is impaccare
pack in Latin is sarcina
pack in Portuguese is embalar, bloco
pack in Spanish is empacar, agarrar
pack in Swedish is packe, packa
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