[ kohld-pak ]
/ ˈkoʊldˌpæk /

verb (used with object)

to place a cold pack on: to cold-pack a feverish patient.
to can (food) by the cold-pack method.

Origin of cold-pack

First recorded in 1920–25

Definition for cold-pack (2 of 2)

cold pack


a cold towel, ice bag, etc., applied to the body to reduce swelling, relieve pain, etc.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
a tinning process in which raw food is packed in cans or jars and then heated
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Medicine definitions for cold-pack

cold pack


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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