• WordNet 3.6
    • v 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"
    • v pack carry, as on one's back "Pack your tents to the top of the mountain"
    • v pack arrange in a container "pack the books into the boxes"
    • v pack load with a pack
    • v pack compress into a wad "wad paper into the box"
    • v pack have the property of being packable or of compacting easily "This powder compacts easily","Such odd-shaped items do not pack well"
    • v pack seal with packing "pack the faucet"
    • v pack press down tightly "tamp the coffee grinds in the container to make espresso"
    • v pack hike with a backpack "Every summer they are backpacking in the Rockies"
    • v pack press tightly together or cram "The crowd packed the auditorium"
    • v pack fill to capacity "This singer always packs the concert halls","The murder trial packed the court house"
    • v pack set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome "pack a jury"
    • v pack 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"
    • n pack a convenient package or parcel (as of cigarettes or film)
    • n pack a bundle (especially one carried on the back)
    • n pack a sheet or blanket (either dry or wet) to wrap around the body for its therapeutic effect
    • n pack a cream that cleanses and tones the skin
    • n pack a complete collection of similar things
    • n pack a group of hunting animals
    • n pack an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
    • n pack an association of criminals "police tried to break up the gang","a pack of thieves"
    • n pack a large indefinite number "a battalion of ants","a multitude of TV antennas","a plurality of religions"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Packing of The Linen and Its Removal to The White Storehouse the Packing of The Linen and Its Removal to The White Storehouse
Pursued by a Pack of Ravenous Wolves 271 Pursued by a Pack of Ravenous Wolves 271
"I would not send 'em Bibles and whiskey packed in one wagon." "I would not send 'em Bibles and whiskey packed in one wagon."
Dick packed up his few things, and set out very early Dick packed up his few things, and set out very early
The Bear in the Ice Pack The Bear in the Ice Pack
American Museum Expedition on the Red Deer River. Fossils secured along the banks were packed and loaded aboard the large scow and floated down the river to the railway station American Museum Expedition on the Red Deer River. Fossils secured along the banks were packed and loaded aboard the...
"Before the hour the hall was packed." "Before the hour the hall was packed."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1961, Italian artist Piero Manzoni packed his feces in cans, signed and mounted them, and then sold them as art
    • Pack 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.
    • Pack A bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling simultaneously.
    • Pack A full set of playing cards; a deck; also, the assortment used in a particular game; as, a euchre pack .
    • Pack A group or quantity of connected or similar things; as, a pack of lies
    • Pack A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more or less closely.
    • Pack A loose, lewd, or worthless person. See Baggage.
    • Pack A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad design or practice; a gang; as, a pack of thieves or knaves.
    • Pack A number of wolves, hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together; as, a wolf pack .
    • Pack A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden. "A pack of sorrows.""A pack of blessings."
    • n Pack păk A pact.
    • Pack A shook of cask staves.
    • Pack An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack wet pack cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment.
    • Pack (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.
    • Pack (Rugby Football) The forwards who compose one half of the scrummage; also, the scrummage.
    • Pack 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.
    • Pack To bring together or make up unfairly and fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result; to stack{3}; as, to pack a jury or a caucus. "The expected council was dwindling into . . . a packed assembly of Italian bishops."
    • Pack To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings; esp., to send away peremptorily or suddenly; to send packing; -- 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."
    • Pack To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot. "He lost life . . . upon a nice point subtilely devised and packed by his enemies."
    • Pack (Hydropathy) To cover, envelop, or protect tightly with something;
    • Pack To depart in haste; -- generally with off or away. "Poor Stella must pack off to town""You shall pack ,
      And never more darken my doors again."
    • Pack (Hydropathy) To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings. See Pack n., 5.
    • Pack 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.
    • Pack To gather in flocks or schools; as, the grouse or the perch begin to pack .
    • Pack To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber; as, to pack a horse. "Our thighs packed with wax, our mouths with honey."
    • Pack 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 ."
    • Pack To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.
    • Pack (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 engine.
    • Pack To shuffle, sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly; to stack{3} (the deck). "And mighty dukes pack cards for half a crown."
    • Pack To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or beasts).
    • Pack To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion. "Go pack with him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: President Lyndon Johnson used to smoke three packs of cigarettes a day
    • n pack A bundle of anything inclosed in a wrapping or bound fast with cords; especially, a bundle or bale made up to be carried on the back of man or beast: in modern times applied especially to such a bale carried by a peddler.
    • n pack A collection; a budget; a stock or store: as, a pack of troubles; a pack of lies.
    • n pack A bundle of some particular kind or quantity. A local and customary unit of weight for wool and flax, generally 480 or 240 pounds.
    • n pack A complete set, as of playing-cards (52 in number), or the number used in any particular game.
    • n pack A number of animals herded together by gregarious instinct for combined defense or offense (as a pack of wolves), or kept together for hunting in company (as a pack of hounds). See hound.
    • n pack A set or gang (of people): used derogatorily, and especially of persons banded together in some notorious practice, or characterized by low ways: as, a pack of thieves.
    • n pack A person of low character: as, a naughty pack. See naughty.
    • n pack A considerable area of floating ice in the polar seas, more or less flat, broken into large pieces by the action of wind and waves, and driven together in an almost continuous and nearly coherent mass. A pack is said to be open when the pieces of ice are generally detached, and close when the pieces are in contact.
    • n pack In hydrotherapy, a wet sheet with other covering for closely enveloping the body or a part of it; the process of thus wrapping, or the state of being so wrapped.
    • n pack In the fisheries: The quantity or number of that which is packed, as fish: as, the salmon-pack; was large that year.
    • n pack In coal-mining, a wall of rough stone or of blocks of coal built for the purpose of supporting the roof.
    • n pack Synonyms
    • pack To put together compactly in a bundle, bale, package, box, barrel, or other receptacle, especially for transportation, or convenience in storing or stowing; make up into a package, bale, bundle, etc.: as, to pack one's things for a journey.
    • pack To fill with things arranged more or less methodically; stow: as, to pack a chest or a hamper.
    • pack To arrange or dispose with a view to future use and activity; especially, to prepare and put up in suitable vessels for preservation, or in a form suitable for market: as, to pack herrings; to pack pork, fruit, eggs, etc.
    • pack In hydrotherapy, to envelop (the body or some part of it) in wet cloths, which may be covered over with dry ones.
    • pack To stuff an interstice or space with something that will render it air-, vapor-, or water-tight; make air-tight, steam-tight, etc., by stuffing: as, to pack a joint, or the piston of a steam-engine.
    • pack To force or press down or together firmly; compact, as snow, ice, earth, sand, or any loose or floating material.
    • pack To assemble or bring together closely and compactly; crowd, as persons in a room or a vehicle.
    • pack To bring together, arrange with, or manipulate (cards, persons, facts, statements, etc.) so as to serve one's own purposes; manipulate. In gaming, to arrange (the cards) in such a way as to secure an undue advantage.
    • pack To bring together (the persons who are to constitute some deliberative body) improperly and corruptly, with the view of promoting or deciding in favor of some particular interest or party: as, to pack a jury; to pack a committee.
    • pack To carry on the back; transport on the backs of men or beasts.
    • pack To load with a pack or packs.
    • pack To send off or away summarily; specifically, to dismiss or discharge from one's employment: with off, away, etc.: as, to pack off an impudent servant.
    • pack To engage in putting together or stowing goods, etc., in packs, bundles, bales, boxes, barrels, etc., for transportation or storage.
    • pack In mining, to strike light blows on the edge of the keeve, so as to assist the separation of the ore from the veinstone. See toss.
    • pack To admit of being stowed or put together in an orderly arrangement in small compass: as, the goods pack well.
    • pack To settle into a compact mass; become compacted or firmly pressed: as, wet snow packs readily.
    • pack To gather together in packs, flocks, or bands: as, the grouse begin to pack.
    • pack To depart in haste, as when summarily dismissed; be off at once: generally with off, away, etc.
    • n pack An agreement or compact; a pact.
    • pack To form a pact; especially, to confederate for bad purposes; join in collusion.
    • pack To plot; contrive fraudulently.
    • pack To join in collusion; ally for some bad purpose.
    • pack Intimate; confidential; “thick.”
    • n pack In tanning, a workmen's name for a lot of hides placed in the same pit to undergo the liming process.
    • pack To have in one's baggage, that is, in one's possession; possess.
    • pack To transport goods as a business: as, to pack over the trail.
    • n pack A moccasin made of hide prepared with tallow and wax, used by various North American Indian tribes.
    • n pack A heavy felt or waterproof half-boot worn by loggers in the lumber-camps in winter.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A person who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day will on average lose two teeth every ten years
    • n Pack pak 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 Pack 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 Pack 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
    • v.t Pack to bind in a packet or parcel: to send in a packet
    • adj Pack pak (Scot.) intimate, confidential.
    • ***


  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.”
  • John Fuqua
    John Fuqua
    “Unless you have some goals, I don't think there's any way to get above the pack. My vision was always well beyond what I had any reason to expect.”
  • Voltaire
    “History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.”
  • Farouk I
    Farouk I
    “In a few years there will be only five kings in the world -- the King of England and the four kings in a pack of cards.”
  • Wayne Lukas
    Wayne Lukas
    “The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.”


Ahead of the pack - If you are ahead of the pack, you have made more progress than your rivals.
Packed like sardines - If a place is extremely crowded, people are packed like sardines, or packed in like sardines.
Send someone packing - If you send someone packing, you send them away, normally when they want something from you.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to D. pak, G. pack, Dan. pakke, Sw. packa, Icel. pakki, Gael. & Ir. pac, Arm. pak,. Cf. Packet


In literature:

Charlie went out to hear the news, and I packed alone.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
Even then, though he did not know it, his pack was gathering to him.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
It was at this point in his circular train of reflections that he would resume packing with a gusty sigh.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
So Mrs. Peterkin packed his tool-chest.
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
It ain't unlikely I packs one myself after this, and we might meet up.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
In the same drizzle we broke camp, packed our squad-bags and blanket-rolls, and made our packs.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
If I wish to see her alive I must needs travel fast, and a man can scarce do that with as heavy a pack on his back as I bear.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
The packs and baths should be continued, even when the patient cannot be prevailed upon to stay long enough in the packs to perspire.
"Hydriatic treatment of Scarlet Fever in its Different Forms" by Charles Munde
Another packing case, covered to match, served as a stool, and upon the wall above the table hung a small mirror.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
Slone turned his attention to the pack of supplies.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various

In poetry:

The afternoon's wander to windward,
To meet the dear boy coming back;
And to catch, down the turns of the valley,
The last weary chime of the pack.
"The Delectable Day" by Charles Kingsley
The youth passed on down the winding track
That led to the beckoning distance dim,
And though he carried but staff and pack,
The world and its giving belonged to him.
"Possession" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
But no, I wasn't hailed by Spring with merry sounds
and showers of fragrant petals,
instead, a villain met me with a pack of hounds
to put my hands and feet in fetters.
"A Youth" by Hristo Smirnenski
THE wind is howling through the winter night,
Like to a pack of angry wolves that cry.
My hapless willows bend before its might;
Their broken branches in the garden lie.
"The Wind Is Howling Through The Winter Night" by Avetik Isahakian
Far from the voice of the pack, chiming cheery
Over the fields to the sound of the horn,
Onward by yeomen who faint not nor weary,
Now must the banners of England be borne.
"Boot And Saddle" by Cicely Fox Smith
"Unwanted wait we with our store
Of facts and philosophic lore;
The scholarship of all the ages
Snug packed within our uncut pages;
The mystery of all mankind
In part revealed - but you are blind.
"My Library" by Robert W Service

In news:

DHS Funds Biometric Study of Wildland Firefighters During Pack Tests.
The beer is available in four-packs at the brewery only starting today (Wednesday).
3 Pack of Universal Touch Screen Stylus Pen (Red + Black + Silver).
Blackwolf Run packs bite for Women's Open.
1 quart loosely packed Romaine lettuce.
Nearly two hundred people pack this sanctuary for turkey and all the trimmings.
Nearly two hundred people pack the Saint Michael Lutheran Church sanctuary for turkey and all the trimmings.
Premium pet food redesign aims to inform consumer with front-of-pack nutrition info.
The brand story told on-pack emphasizes Blackwood 's commitment to slow-cooking all-natural ingredients.
Hasbro Lazer Tag 2- Blaster Battle Pack.
Dan Rather Packs, Leaving CBS News.
Closer George Sherrill sat with ice packs wrapped around his left shoulder, a pensive man in a quiet corner of the visitor's clubhouse.
Going for Gold at BlueLight CEO Mark Goldstein aims to make Kmart's online retailer leader of the pack.
Walter Smith III, Ambrose Akinmusire pack the Blue Whale .
Fed up with partisan politics, some Americans threaten to pack up and leave every four years, an immigration attorney says.

In science:

Energy vs t at packing fractions φ = 0.05 (upper) and 0.4 (lower) at different restitution coefficient r .
Asymptotic Energy Decay in Inelastic Fluids
Related packing models. versions of the prototypical packing model.
Gaussian limits for random measures in geometric probability
In each case, Theorem 2.3 yields weak convergence to a Gaussian limit of the random packing measures associated with the centers of the packed balls, whenever the balls have a density κ : A → [0, ∞).
Gaussian limits for random measures in geometric probability
If ρ(k) = m then we say that the card carrying label k is in position m in the pack. A completely randomized pack simply means choosing ρ according to the uniform measure on Sn . A shuffle S is a possibly random permutation (belonging to Sn !) of the positions in the pack.
Random orderings of the integers and card shuffling
We have seen that for a finite pack the permutation group plays three distinct roles - it describes the state of the pack, it gives rise to shuffles, and it can be used to relabel the pack.
Random orderings of the integers and card shuffling