Definitions for: Sack


[n] the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
[n] a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
[n] a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees); swing easily
[n] a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases
[n] a woman's full loose hiplength jacket
[n] any of various light dry strong white wine from Spain and Canary Islands (including sherry)
[n] the quantity contained in a sack
[n] an enclosed space
[v] terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
[v] put in a sack; "The grocer sacked the onions"
[v] make as a net profit; "The company cleared $1 million"
[v] plunder after capture, as of a town



Webster (1913) Definition: Sack (s[scr]k), n. [OE. seck, F. sec dry (cf. Sp. seco,
It. secco), from L. siccus dry, harsh; perhaps akin to Gr.
'ischno`s, Skr. sikata sand, Ir. sesc dry, W. hysp. Cf.
Desiccate.]
A name formerly given to various dry Spanish wines. ``Sherris
sack.'' --Shak.

Sack posset, a posset made of sack, and some other
ingredients.


Sack, n. [OE. sak, sek, AS. sacc, s[ae]cc, L. saccus, Gr.
sa`kkos from Heb. sak; cf. F. sac, from the Latin. Cf. Sac,
Satchel, Sack to plunder.]
1. A bag for holding and carrying goods of any kind; a
receptacle made of some kind of pliable material, as
cloth, leather, and the like; a large pouch.

2. A measure of varying capacity, according to local usage
and the substance. The American sack of salt is 215
pounds; the sack of wheat, two bushels. --McElrath.

3. [Perhaps a different word.] Originally, a loosely hanging
garment for women, worn like a cloak about the shoulders,
and serving as a decorative appendage to the gown; now, an
outer garment with sleeves, worn by women; as, a dressing
sack. [Written also sacque.]

4. A sack coat; a kind of coat worn by men, and extending
from top to bottom without a cross seam.

5. (Biol.) See 2d Sac, 2.



Sack bearer (Zo["o]l.). See Basket worm, under Basket.


Sack tree (Bot.), an East Indian tree ({Antiaris
saccidora}) which is cut into lengths, and made into sacks
by turning the bark inside out, and leaving a slice of the
wood for a bottom.

To give the sack to or get the sack, to discharge, or be
discharged, from employment; to jilt, or be jilted.
[Slang]


Sack, v. t.
1. To put in a sack; to bag; as, to sack corn.

Bolsters sacked in cloth, blue and crimson. --L.
Wallace.

2. To bear or carry in a sack upon the back or the shoulders.
[Colloq.]


Sack, n. [F. sac plunder, pillage, originally, a pack,
packet, booty packed up, fr. L. saccus. See Sack a bag.]
The pillage or plunder, as of a town or city; the storm and
plunder of a town; devastation; ravage.

The town was stormed, and delivered up to sack, -- by
which phrase is to be understood the perpetration of
all those outrages which the ruthless code of war
allowed, in that age, on the persons and property of
the defenseless inhabitants, without regard to sex or
age. --Prescott.


Sack, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sacked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Sacking.] [See Sack pillage.]
To plunder or pillage, as a town or city; to devastate; to
ravage.

The Romans lay under the apprehensions of seeing their
city sacked by a barbarous enemy. --Addison.

Synonyms: can, carrier bag, chemise, clear, discharge, dismiss, dismissal, dismission, fire, firing, force out, give notice, give the axe, hammock, liberation, net, paper bag, plunder, pocket, poke, pouch, release, sac, sack up, sackful, sacking, sacque, send away, shift, terminate

Antonyms: employ, engage, hire

See Also: bag, bed, benefit, case, cavity, clean out, clear, conclusion, conge, containerful, deactivation, destroy, dishonorable discharge, doggie bag, doggy bag, dress, drop, encase, enclosed space, ending, frock, furlough, gain, grocery bag, inactivation, jacket, lay off, net, pension off, profit, removal, remove, retire, ruin, sack, sack up, Section Eight, send packing, shopping bag, squeeze out, superannuation, take, termination, white wine

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