|1.||a. a bundle or load, esp one carried on the back|
|b. (as modifier): a pack animal|
|2.||a collected amount of anything|
|3.||a complete set of similar things, esp a set of 52 playing cards|
|4.||a group of animals of the same kind, esp hunting animals: a pack of hounds|
|5.||any group or band that associates together, esp for criminal purposes|
|6.||rugby the forwards of a team or both teams collectively, as in a scrum or in rucking|
|7.||the basic organizational unit of Cub Scouts and Brownie Guides|
|8.||a. a small package, carton, or container, used to retail commodities, esp foodstuffs, cigarettes, etc|
|b. (in combination): pack-sealed|
|9.||(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): packet a small or medium-sized container of cardboard, paper, etc, often together with its contents|
|10.||short for pack ice|
|11.||the quantity of something, such as food, packaged for preservation|
|a. a sheet or blanket, either damp or dry, for wrapping about the body, esp for its soothing effect|
|b. a material such as cotton or gauze for temporarily filling a bodily cavity, esp to control bleeding|
|13.||backpack short for rucksack|
|14.||mining a roof support, esp one made of rubble|
|15.||short for face pack|
|16.||a parachute folded and ready for use|
|17.||computing another name for deck|
|18.||informal (Austral), (NZ) go to the pack to fall into a lower state or condition|
|—vb (when passive, |
|19.||to place or arrange (articles) in (a container), such as clothes in a suitcase|
|20.||(tr) to roll up into a bundle|
|21.||to press tightly together; cram: the audience packed into the foyer; the hall was packed out|
|23.||to form (snow, ice, etc) into a hard compact mass or (of snow, ice, etc) to become compacted|
|24.||(tr) to press in or cover tightly: to pack a hole with cement|
|25.||(tr) to load (a horse, donkey, etc) with a burden|
|26.||to send away or go away, esp hastily|
|27.||(tr) to seal (a joint) by inserting a layer of compressible material between the faces|
|28.||(tr) to fill (a bearing or gland) with grease to lubricate it|
|29.||(tr) to separate (two adjoining components) so that they have a predetermined gap between them, by introducing shims, washers, plates, etc|
|30.||(tr) med to treat with a pack|
|31.||slang (tr) to be capable of inflicting (a blow): he packs a mean punch|
|32.||informal (US) (tr) to carry or wear habitually: he packs a gun|
|33.||rugby to form a scrum|
|34.||(US), (Canadian), (NZ) (tr; |
|35.||informal pack one's bags to get ready to leave|
|36.||informal send packing to dismiss peremptorily|
|[C13: related to Middle Low German pak, of obscure origin]|
v. packed, pack·ing, packs
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 a 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.