Definitions for: Pack

[n] a small parcel (as of cigarettes or film)
[n] a bundle (especially one carried on the back)
[n] a sheet or blanket (either dry or wet) to wrap around the body for its therapeutic effect
[n] a cream that cleanses and tones the skin
[n] a group of hunting animals
[n] a complete collection of similar things
[n] an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
[n] an association of criminals; "police tried to break up the gang"; "a pack of thieves"
[n] a large indefinite number; "a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"
[v] 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"
[v] carry, as on one's back; "Pack your tents to the top of the mountain"
[v] arrange in a container; "pack the books into the boxes"
[v] load with a pack
[v] compress into a wad; "wad paper into the box"
[v] have the property of being packable or compactable or of compacting easily; "This powder compacts easily"; "Such odd-shaped items do not pack well"
[v] seal with packing; "pack the faucet"
[v] crowd or pack to capacity; "the theater was jampacked"
[v] press down tightly; "tamp the coffee grinds in the container to make espresso"
[v] hike with a backpack; "Every summer they are backpacking in the Rockies"
[v] press tightly together or cram; "The crowd packed the auditorium"
[v] fill to capacity; "This singer always packs the concert halls"; "They murder trial packed the court house"
[v] set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome; "pack a jury"
[v] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Pack, n.
1. (Med.) 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. (Rugby Football) The forwards who compose one half of the
scrummage; also, the scrummage.

Pack and prime road or way, a pack road or bridle way.

Pack, v. t.
To cover, envelop, or protect tightly with something; specif.
(Hydropathy), to envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within
numerous coverings.

Pack, n. [Cf. Pact.]
A pact. [Obs.] --Daniel.

Pack, n. [Akin to D. pak, G. pack, Dan. pakke, Sw. packa,
Icel. pakki, Gael. & Ir. pac, Arm. pak. Cf. Packet.]
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. --Piers Plowman.

2. [Cf. Peck, n.] A number or quantity equal to the
contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden. ``A pack
of sorrows.'' ``A pack of blessings.'' --Shak.

Note: ``In England, by a pack of meal is meant 280 lbs.; of
wool, 240 lbs.'' --McElrath.

3. A number or quantity of connected or similar things; as:
(a) A full set of playing cards; also, the assortment used
in a particular game; as, a euchre pack.
(b) A number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together.
(c) A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad
design or practice; a gang; as, a pack of thieves or
(d) A shook of cask staves.
(e) A bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling

4. A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together
more or less closely. --Kane.

5. An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic
practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc.,
according to the method of treatment.

6. [Prob. the same word; but cf. AS. p?can to deceive.] A
loose, lewd, or worthless person. See Baggage. [Obs.]

Pack animal, an animal, as a horse, mule, etc., employed in
carrying packs.

Pack cloth, a coarse cloth, often duck, used in covering
packs or bales.

Pack horse. See Pack animal (above).

Pack ice. See def. 4, above.

Pack moth (Zo["o]l.), a small moth ({Anacampsis
sarcitella}) which, in the larval state, is very
destructive to wool and woolen fabrics.

Pack needle, a needle for sewing with pack thread. --Piers

Pack saddle, a saddle made for supporting the load on a
pack animal. --Shak.

Pack staff, a staff for supporting a pack; a peddler's

Pack thread, strong thread or small twine used for tying
packs or parcels.

Pack train (Mil.), a troop of pack animals.

Pack, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Packed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Packing.] [Akin to D. pakken, G. packen, Dan. pakke, Sw.
packa, Icel. pakka. See Pack, n.]
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.

Strange materials packed up with wonderful art.

Where . . . the bones Of all my buried ancestors are
packed. --Shak.

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.

And mighty dukes pack cards for half a crown. --Pope.

4. 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.

The expected council was dwindling into . . . a
packed assembly of Italian bishops. --Atterbury.

5. To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot. [Obs.]

He lost life . . . upon a nice point subtilely
devised and packed by his enemies. --Fuller.

6. To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber; as, to
pack a horse.

Our thighs packed with wax, our mouths with honey.

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.

He . . . must not die

Till George be packed with post horse up to heaven.

8. To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e.,
on the backs of men or beasts). [Western U.S.]

9. (Hydropathy) To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within
numerous coverings. See Pack, n., 5.

10. (Mech.) 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

Pack, v. i.
1. To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles
securely for transportation.

2. 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.

3. To gather in flocks or schools; as, the grouse or the
perch begin to pack. [Eng.]

4. To depart in haste; -- generally with off or away.

Poor Stella must pack off to town --Swift.

You shall pack, And never more darken my doors
again. --Tennyson.

5. To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes;
to join in collusion. [Obs.] ``Go pack with him.'' --Shak.

To send packing, to drive away; to send off roughly or in
disgrace; to dismiss unceremoniously. ``The parliament . .
. presently sent him packing.'' --South.

Synonyms: backpack, battalion, camp, carry, chock up, clique, compact, coterie, cram, face pack, gang, ingroup, inner circle, jam, jam, jampack, large number, load down, mob, mob, multitude, pile, ram, ring, take, tamp, tamp down, throng, wad

Antonyms: take out, unpack

See Also: accumulation, aggregation, animal group, appoint, arrange, assemblage, association, bag, band, be, Bloomsbury Group, bundle, bundle, bundle off, bundle up, cabal, camarilla, Canis familiaris, care for, carry, case, circle, collection, compress, constitute, containerise, containerize, corrective, crowd, crowd together, deck, deck of cards, disc pack, disk pack, dog, domestic dog, encase, faction, feature, fill, fill up, galere, gangdom, gangland, gangster, hard core, have, hike, hound, hound dog, junta, junto, large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, load, loop, lot, maffia, mafia, make full, mobster, name, nest, nominate, organized crime, pack, pack of cards, pack together, package, parcel, puddle, restorative, rogue's gallery, roll up, seal, seal off, sect, set, set up, sheaf, stow, stuff, transport, treat, wolf pack, youth gang

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