Definitions for pack
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word pack.
battalion, large number, multitude, plurality, packnoun
a large indefinite number
"a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"; "a plurality of religions"
a complete collection of similar things
a convenient package or parcel (as of cigarettes or film)
gang, pack, ring, mobnoun
an association of criminals
"police tried to break up the gang"; "a pack of thieves"
clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack, campnoun
an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
a group of hunting animals
pack, face packnoun
a cream that cleanses and tones the skin
a sheet or blanket (either dry or wet) to wrap around the body for its therapeutic effect
a bundle (especially one carried on the back)
arrange in a container
"pack the books into the boxes"
fill to capacity
"This singer always packs the concert halls"; "The murder trial packed the court house"
pack, bundle, wad, compactverb
compress into a wad
"wad paper into the box"
carry, as on one's back
"Pack your tents to the top of the mountain"
set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome
"pack a jury"
carry, pack, takeverb
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"
throng, mob, pack, pile, jamverb
press tightly together or cram
"The crowd packed the auditorium"
hike with a backpack
"Every summer they are backpacking in the Rockies"
tamp down, tamp, packverb
press down tightly
"tamp the coffee grinds in the container to make espresso"
seal with packing
"pack the faucet"
have the property of being packable or of compacting easily
"This powder compacts easily"; "Such odd-shaped items do not pack well"
pack, load downverb
load with a pack
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"
To shuffle, sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly; to stack (the deck).
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.
The horses carried the packs across the plain.
A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden.
A pack of lies.
A number or quantity of connected or similar things; a collective.
A full set of playing cards; also, the assortment used in a particular game; as, a euchre pack.
We were going to play cards, but nobody brought a pack.
A number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together.
2005, John D. Skinner and Christian T. Chimimba - The mammals of the southern African subregion
A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad design or practice; a gang;
a pack of thieves or knaves.
A group of Cub Scouts.
A shook of cask staves.
A bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling simultaneously.
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;
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 sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly.
To bring together or make up unfairly and fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result
pack a jury or a causes.
To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot.
To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber
to pack a horse
To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings; especially, to send away peremptorily or suddenly; – sometimes with off. See pack off
pack a boy off to school.
To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or animals).
To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings.
The doctor gave Kelly some sulfa pills and packed his arm in hot-water bags
A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more or less closely.
The ship had to sail round the pack of ice.
An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment.
A loose, lewd, or worthless person.
A tight group of object balls in cue sports. Usually the reds in snooker.
The team on the field.
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
To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.
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.
To gather in flocks or schools; as, the grouse or the perch begin to pack.
To depart in haste; – generally with off or away.
To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion.
To carry weapons, especially firearms, on one's person.
To block a shot, especially in basketball.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: pack, Dutch.
Themistocles said to the king of Persia, that speech was like cloth of Arras, opened and put abroad, whereby the imagery appears in figures; whereas in thoughts they lie but as in packs. Francis Bacon, Essays 28.
Had sly Ulysses at the sack
Of Troy, brought thee his pedlar’s pack. John Cleveland.
Our knight did bear no less a pack
Of his own buttocks on his back. Hudibras, p. i.
I rather chose
To cross my friend in his intended drift,
Than, by concealing it, heap on your head
A pack of sorrows. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Ven.
But when they took notice how stupid a beast it was, they loaded it with packs and burdens, and set boys upon the back of it. Roger L'Estrange.
Women to cards may be compar’d, we play
A round or two, when us’d we throw away,
Take a fresh pack. George Granville.
It is wonderful to see persons of sense passing away a dozen hours together in shuffling and dividing a pack of cards. Addis.
Two ghosts join their packs to hunt her o’er the plain. Dryd.
The fury fires the pack; they snuff, they vent,
And feed their hungry nostrils with the scent. Dryden.
The savage soul of game is up at once,
The pack full-opening various. James Thomson, Summer.
You panderly rascals! there’s a knot, a gang, a pack, a conspiracy, against me. William Shakespeare, Mer. W. of Wind.
Never such a pack of knaves and villains, as they who now governed in the parliament. Edward Hyde.
Bickerstaff is more a man of honour, than to be an accomplice with a pack of rascals that walk the streets on nights. Jonathan Swift.
Etymology: packen, Dutch.
A poor merchant driven on unknown land,
That had by chance pack’d up his choicest treasure
In one dear casket, and sav’d only that. Thomas Otway.
Resolv’d for sea, the slaves thy baggage pack,
Each saddled with his burden on his back. Dryden.
What we looked upon as brains, were an heap of strange materials, packed up with wonderful art in the skull. Addison.
He cannot live, I hope, and must not die,
Till George be pack’d with post horse up to heav’n. William Shakespeare.
Packt cards with Cæsar, and false play’d. William Shakespeare.
There be that can pack cards and yet cannot play well; so there are some that are good in canvasses and factions, that are otherwise weak men. Francis Bacon, Essays, №. 23.
The judge shall jobb, the bishop bite the town,
And mighty dukes pack cards for half a crown. Alexander Pope.
When they have pack’d a parliament,
Will once more try th’ expedient:
Who can already muster friends,
To serve for members to our ends. Hudibras.
Brutes, called men, in full cry pack’d by the court or country, run down in the house of commons, a deserted horned beast of the court. William Wycherley.
So many greater fools than they,
Will pack a crowded audience the third day. Thomas Southerne.
The expected council was dwindling into a conventicle; a pack’d assembly of Italian bishops, not a free convention of fathers from all quarters. Francis Atterbury.
The marigold, whose courtier’s face
Ecchoes the sun, and doth unlace
Her at his rise, at his full stop
Packs and shuts up her gaudy shop. John Cleveland.
New farmer thinketh each hour a day,
Until the old farmer be packing away. Thomas Tusser, Husb.
Rogues, hence, avaunt!
Seek shelter, pack. William Shakespeare, M. W. of Wind.
The wind no sooner came good, but away pack the gallies with all the haste they could. Carew.
A thief kindled his torch at Jupiter’s altar, and then robbed the temple: as he was packing away with his sacrilegious burden, a voice pursued him. Roger L'Estrange.
If they had been an hundred more, they had been all sent packing with the same answer. Edward Stillingfleet.
Pack hence, and from the cover’d benches rise,
This is no place for you. Dryden.
Poor Stella must pack off to town,
From purling streams and fountains bubbling,
To Liffy’s stinking tide at Dublin. Jonathan Swift.
That this so profitable a merchandize, riseth not to a proportionable enhauncement with other less beneficial commodities, they impute partly to the eastern buyers packing, partly to the owners not venting the same. Carew.
Go pack with him. William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus.
A pack can be defined as a collection or group of something, often of a similar or related nature, bundled together. It can refer to items, animals, or even a collective term for people. Pack can also refer to the act of putting things away in containers or bags, typically prior to traveling or storage.
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
a number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden
a number or quantity of connected or similar things
a full set of playing cards; also, the assortment used in a particular game; as, a euchre pack
a number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together
a number of persons associated or leagued in a bad design or practice; a gang; as, a pack of thieves or knaves
a shook of cask staves
a bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling simultaneously
a large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more or less closely
an envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment
a loose, lewd, or worthless person. See Baggage
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
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
to sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly
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
to contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot
to load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber; as, to pack a horse
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
to transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or beasts)
to envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings. See Pack, n., 5
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
to make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation
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
to gather in flocks or schools; as, the grouse or the perch begin to pack
to depart in haste; -- generally with off or away
to unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion
Etymology: [Cf. Pact.]
Pack is a social group of conspecific canids. Not all species of canids - notably the red fox - form packs. Pack size and social behaviour within packs varies across species.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pak, n. a bundle made to be carried on the back: a collection, stock, or store: a bundle of some particular kind or quantity, as of wool, 480 or 240 lb.: the quantity of fish packed: a complete set of cards: a number of animals herding together or kept together for hunting: a number of persons combined for bad purposes: any great number: a large extent of floating and broken ice: a wet sheet for folding round the body to allay inflammation, fever, &c.—v.t. to press together and fasten up: to place in order: to crowd: to assort, bring together, select, or manipulate persons, cards, &c. for some unjust object: to send away, as from one's presence or employment: to surround a joint, &c., with any substance to prevent leaking, &c.—v.i. to store things away anywhere for safe keeping, &c.: to settle into a firm mass: to admit of being put into compact shape: to depart in haste.—ns. Pack′age, the act of packing, also something packed: a bundle or bale: a charge made for packing; Pack′-an′imal, a beast of burden used to carry goods on its back; Pack′-cinch (-sinsh), a wide girth of canvas, &c., having a hook and ring attached for adjusting the load of a pack-animal; Pack′-cloth, a cloth in which goods are tied up: packsheet; Pack′er, one who packs: one who cures and packs provisions: any device to fill the space between the tubing and the sides of an oil-well, &c.; Pack′et, a small package: a ship or vessel employed in carrying packets of letters, passengers, &c.: a vessel plying regularly between one port and another (also Pack′et-boat, Pack′et-ship, &c.).—v.t. to bind in a packet or parcel: to send in a packet.—ns. Pack′et-day, the day of the departure or arrival of a mail-ship; Pack′et-note (see Note-paper); Pack′-horse, a horse used to carry goods in panniers: a drudge; Pack′-ice, a collection of large pieces of floating ice; Pack′ing, the act of putting into packs or of tying up for carriage: material for packing: anything used to fill an empty space, or to make a joint close, as the elastic ring round a moving rod or piston to make it a tight fit; Pack′ing-box, -case, a box in which goods are packed: a hollow place round the opening of a steam cylinder, filled with some soft substance which, being pressed hard against the piston-rod, makes it a tight fit; Pack′ing-need′le, or Sack-needle, a strong needle for sewing up packages; Pack′ing-pā′per, a strong and thick kind of wrapping-paper; Pack′ing-press, a press for squeezing goods into small compass for packing; Pack′ing-sheet, or Pack′sheet, coarse cloth for packing goods; Pack′-load, the load an animal can carry on its back; Pack′man, a peddler or a man who carries a pack; Pack′-mule, a mule used for carrying burdens; Pack′-sadd′le, a saddle for packs or burdens; Pack′-thread, a coarse thread used to sew up packages; Pack′-train, a train of loaded pack-animals; Pack′way, a narrow path fit for pack-horses.—Pack a jury, meeting, &c., to fill up with persons of a particular kind for one's own purposes.—Send one packing, to dismiss summarily. [Prob. Celt.; Gael. and Ir. pac, Bret. pak, a bundle; cf. Ger. pack, Dut. pak.]
pak, adj. (Scot.) intimate, confidential.
To carry something on your person especially a firearm, as in 'packing heat' ---- "Got them 17 round glocks at your ass spitting like loogies We packing heat, 32 round clips, my automatic uzi" -- Master P (Never Ending Game)
What does PACK stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the PACK acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pack is ranked #1932 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Pack surname appeared 18,678 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 would have the surname Pack.
83.1% or 15,529 total occurrences were White.
10.2% or 1,918 total occurrences were Black.
2.4% or 450 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.7% or 318 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.5% or 290 total occurrences were Asian.
0.9% or 172 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'pack' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3934
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'pack' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2457
Rank popularity for the word 'pack' in Nouns Frequency: #1323
Rank popularity for the word 'pack' in Verbs Frequency: #542
The numerical value of pack in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of pack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
It gets a little exhausting, but it’s like you don’t have an option— I can pack it in or I can go for it. I wasn’t going to pack it in.
He would always stand up for Frank, he was just frustrated that he was seen as an extra component of The Rat Pack Pack. Whenever people talked about The Rat Pack Pack, The Rat Pack was always Frank, Martin Mills/Getty Images and Sammy Davis Jr.. He was somehow forgotten.
In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves.
Jeb has no chance. Jeb is spending so much money. Think of it, he spent $69 million, I spent nothing. He's at the bottom of the pack, I'm at the top of the pack.
Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible - or even sinful - that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes
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- [[fer]] (la [[maleta]])Catalan, Valencian
- smečka, balíček, balitCzech
- Kartenspiel, Kartenstapel, Pack, einpacken, Packung, verpacken, Rudel, packenGerman
- بسته بندیPersian
- taakka, pakka, laumaFinnish
- emballer, paquet, pack, meuteFrench
- sthock, paggManx
- ոհմակ, փաթեթArmenian
- impacchettare, basto, muta, soma, mazzo, caricoItalian
- 群れ, パック, 包むJapanese
- 꾸러미, 군, 무리, 꾸리다, 싸다, 바리, 팩, 짐Korean
- whakatakupe, pōkai, tāhereMāori
- kortleik, flokkNorwegian
- kortstokk, kortleik, flokkNorwegian Nynorsk
- talia, stado, sforaPolish
- baralho, matilhaPortuguese
- sarcină, haităRomanian
- свя́зка, ста́я, упако́вывать, коло́да, паке́т, упако́вка, па́чка, запако́вывать, сво́ра, запакова́ть, упакова́тьRussian
- packa, paket, flockSwedish
- đóng góiVietnamese
- päkön, päkVolapük
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