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verb (used with object)
  1. to place a cold pack on: to cold-pack a feverish patient.
  2. to can (food) by the cold-pack method.

Origin of cold-pack

First recorded in 1920–25

cold pack

  1. a cold towel, ice bag, etc., applied to the body to reduce swelling, relieve pain, etc.
  2. Also called cold-pack method, raw-pack method. a method of canning uncooked food by placing it in hot jars or cans and sterilizing in a bath of boiling water or steam.
Compare hot pack.

Origin of cold pack

First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for cold-pack

Historical Examples

  • (a) How and when should jars be closed in the cold-pack method?

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • They are the "open-kettle," the "intermittent," the "cold-water" and the "cold-pack" methods.

  • For this "cold-pack" method you can use whatever equipment you have in the kitchen.

  • Blanching is what makes for success in the cold-pack method of canning.

  • For the salad here shown, tomatoes and beans canned by the cold-pack method were used.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

British Dictionary definitions for cold-pack

cold pack

    1. a method of lowering the body temperature by wrapping a person in a sheet soaked in cold water
    2. the sheet so used
  1. a tinning process in which raw food is packed in cans or jars and then heated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

cold-pack in Medicine

cold pack

  1. A compress of gauze, cloth, or plastic filled or moistened with a cold fluid and applied externally to swollen or injured body parts to relieve pain and swelling.
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