Pack

Noun

  • A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad design or practice; a gang;

    "a pack of thieves or knaves."

  • A bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling simultaneously.
  • (slang): A loose, lewd, or worthless person.
  • A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden.

    "A pack of lies."

  • A number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together.
  • A shook of cask staves.
  • (medicine) An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment.
  • (rugby) The team on the field.
  • 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 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 group of Cub Scouts.
  • A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more or less closely.

    "The ship had to sail round the pack of ice."

  • (snooker, pool) A tight group of object balls in cue sports. Usually the reds in snooker.
  • A number or quantity of connected or similar things; a collective.

Verb

  • (intransitive) To gather in flocks or schools.

    "the grouse or the perch begin to pack"

  • (transitive) To bring together or make up unfairly and fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result.

    "to pack a jury"

  • (transitive) To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber.

    "to pack a horse"

  • (transitive, US, Western US) To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or animals).
  • (physical) To put or bring things together in a limited or confined space, especially for storage or transport.
  • (transitive, sports, slang) To block a shot, especially in basketball.
  • (transitive) 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."

  • (intransitive) 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.

    "the goods pack conveniently;  wet snow packs well"

  • (transitive, card games) To sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly.
  • (intransitive) To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion.
  • (transitive) To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings; especially, to send away peremptorily or suddenly; – sometimes with off. See pack off.

    "to pack a boy off to school"

  • (transitive, slang) To carry weapons, especially firearms, on one's person.
  • (transitive) 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.

    "to pack a trunk;  the play, or the audience, packs the theater"

  • (intransitive) To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.
  • (social) To cheat, to arrange matters unfairly.
  • (transitive) To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot.
  • To move, send or carry.
  • (intransitive) To depart in haste; – generally with off or away.
  • (transitive) 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 pack goods in a box;  to pack fish"

  • (transitive) 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 pack a joint;  to pack the piston of a steam engine;  pack someone's arm with ice."

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