[ pak-treyn ]

  1. a line or succession of pack animals, as mules or burros, used to transport food and supplies over terrain unsuitable for wagons or other vehicles.

Origin of packtrain

First recorded in 1840–50; pack1 + train

Words Nearby packtrain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use packtrain in a sentence

  • Of course, well have to have the guide Mr. Hammond spoke about, and a packtrain anyway.

    Ruth Fielding In the Saddle | Alice B. Emerson
  • His schedule was temporarily upset by the fact that we had already engaged the best packtrain and guides available.

    Down the Columbia | Lewis R. Freeman
  • At one place we were obliged to take the whole packtrain up a cliff fifteen hundred feet high, making a trail as we went.

    The Romance of the Colorado River | Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • A packtrain goes two and a half miles an hour, or perhaps one and a half on the mountain trails.

    Boy Scouts Handbook | Boy Scouts of America
  • We can get a man or a boy to look after the ponies and the packtrain.

    Ruth Fielding In the Saddle | Alice B. Emerson