[ pak ]
/ pæk /
a group of things wrapped or tied together for easy handling or carrying; a bundle, especially one to be carried on the back of an animal or a person: a mule pack; a hiker's pack.
a definite quantity or standard measure of something wrapped up or otherwise assembled for merchandising (sometimes used in combination): a pack of cigarettes; a six-pack of beer.
the quantity of something that is packaged, canned, or the like, at one time, in one season, etc.: last year's salmon pack.
a group of people or things: a pack of fools; a pack of lies.
a group of certain animals of the same kind, especially predatory ones: a pack of wolves.
Hunting. a number of hounds, especially foxhounds and beagles, regularly used together in a hunt.
a complete set of playing cards, usually 52 in number; deck.
a considerable area of pieces of floating ice driven or packed together.
Metalworking. a pile of metal sheets for hot-rolling together.
- a wrapping of the body in wet or dry clothes for therapeutic purposes.
- the cloths so used.
- Obsolete. the state of being so wrapped.
- Also called pack wall. a rubble wall for supporting a roof.
- any of various other roof supports of timber, timber and rubble, or rubble and wire mesh.
a cosmetic material, usually of a pastelike consistency, applied either to the face or to the hair and scalp: a mud pack; a beauty pack; a henna pack.
Obsolete. a plot; conspiracy.
Obsolete. a low or worthless person.
verb (used with object)
to make into a pack or bundle.
to form into a group or compact mass.
to fill with anything compactly arranged: to pack a trunk.
to put into or arrange compactly in a trunk, valise, etc., as for traveling or storage: I packed a two-week supply of clothes for the trip.
to press or crowd together within; cram: The crowd packed the gallery.
to prepare for marketing by putting into containers or packages: to pack fruit for shipping.
to make airtight, vaportight, or watertight by stuffing: to pack the piston of a steam engine.
to cover or envelop with something pressed closely around.
to load, as with packs: We packed the mules and then set off for the lake.
to carry or wear, especially as part of one's usual equipment: to pack a gun.
Informal. to deliver (a powerful blow, strong message, etc.): He packs a better punch than any heavyweight in years. His speech packed a powerful plea for peace.
to treat with a therapeutic pack.
verb (used without object)
to pack goods in compact form, as for transportation or storage (often followed by up).
to place clothes and personal items in a suitcase, trunk, etc., preparatory to traveling.
to be capable of or suitable for compact storage or packing for transportation: articles that pack well.
to crowd together, as persons: The audience packed into the auditorium.
to become compacted: Wet snow packs readily.
to collect into a group: The grouse began to pack.
transporting, or used in transporting, a pack or load: pack animals.
compressed into a pack; packed.
used in or adapted for packing: pack equipment.
Chiefly Scot. (of animals) tame.
pack in/up, to relinquish or give up; quit: One failure was no reason to pack the whole experiment in. After thirty years of touring, the violinist packed his career up and retired.
- to dispatch: We packed the kids off to camp for the summer.
- to leave hastily.
- to give up; abandon one's efforts: In 1972 we packed it in and moved back to Florida.
- to cease being a nuisance.
pack it in,
Origin of pack1
1175–1225; (noun) Middle English pak, packe < Middle Dutch pac or perhaps Middle Low German pak; (v.) Middle English pakken < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German
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British Dictionary definitions for pack up (1 of 3)
to put (things) away in a proper or suitable place
informal to give up (an attempt) or stop doing (something)if you don't do your work better, you might as well pack up
(intr) (of an engine, machine, etc) to fail to operate; break down
engineering to use packing to adjust the height of a component or machine before it is secured in its correct position or alignment
British Dictionary definitions for pack up (2 of 3)
/ (pæk) /
- a bundle or load, esp one carried on the back
- (as modifier)a pack animal
a collected amount of anything
a complete set of similar things, esp a set of 52 playing cards
a group of animals of the same kind, esp hunting animalsa pack of hounds
any group or band that associates together, esp for criminal purposes
rugby the forwards of a team or both teams collectively, as in a scrum or in rucking
the basic organizational unit of Cub Scouts and Brownie Guides
- a small package, carton, or container, used to retail commodities, esp foodstuffs, cigarettes, etc
- (in combination)pack-sealed
US and Canadian a small or medium-sized container of cardboard, paper, etc, often together with its contentsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): packet
short for pack ice
the quantity of something, such as food, packaged for preservation
- a sheet or blanket, either damp or dry, for wrapping about the body, esp for its soothing effect
- a material such as cotton or gauze for temporarily filling a bodily cavity, esp to control bleeding
mining a roof support, esp one made of rubble
short for face pack
a parachute folded and ready for use
computing another name for deck (def. 5)
go to the pack Australian and NZ informal to fall into a lower state or condition
to place or arrange (articles) in (a container), such as clothes in a suitcase
(tr) to roll up into a bundle
(when passive, often foll by out) to press tightly together; cramthe audience packed into the foyer; the hall was packed out
(tr; foll by in or into) to fit (many things, experiences, etc) into a limited space or timeshe packed a lot of theatre visits into her holiday
to form (snow, ice, etc) into a hard compact mass or (of snow, ice, etc) to become compacted
(tr) to press in or cover tightlyto pack a hole with cement
(tr) to load (a horse, donkey, etc) with a burden
(often foll by off or away) to send away or go away, esp hastily
(tr) to seal (a joint) by inserting a layer of compressible material between the faces
(tr) to fill (a bearing or gland) with grease to lubricate it
(tr) to separate (two adjoining components) so that they have a predetermined gap between them, by introducing shims, washers, plates, etc
(tr) med to treat with a pack
(tr) slang to be capable of inflicting (a blow)he packs a mean punch
(tr) US informal to carry or wear habituallyhe packs a gun
(intr often foll by down) rugby to form a scrum
(tr; often foll by into, to, etc) US, Canadian and NZ to carry (goods), esp on the backwill you pack your camping equipment into the mountains?
pack one's bags informal to get ready to leave
send packing informal to dismiss peremptorily
Derived Formspackable, adjective
Word Origin for pack
C13: related to Middle Low German pak, of obscure origin
British Dictionary definitions for pack up (3 of 3)
/ (pæk) /
(tr) to fill (a legislative body, committee, etc) with one's own supportersto pack a jury
Word Origin for pack
C16: perhaps changed from pact
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Medicine definitions for pack up
[ păk ]
To fill, stuff, plug, or tampon.
To enwrap or envelop the body in a sheet, blanket, or other covering.
To apply a dressing or covering to a surgical site.
The swathing of a patient or body part in hot, cold, wet, or dry materials, such as cloth towels, sheets, or blankets.
The materials so used.
An ice pack; an ice bag.
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Idioms and Phrases with pack up
In addition to the idioms beginning with pack
- pack a punch
- packed in like sardines
- pack it in
- pack off
- pack them in
- Joe six-pack
- send someone about his or her business (packing)
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