pack

A pack is a container of something, especially one made of sturdy paper. You might run to the store for a pack of batteries for your new clock and a pack of crayons for your new coloring book.

As a noun, pack might seem like a shortened form of package, but it actually comes from a Germanic root that means "bundle." You can also use this word to mean "group of animals" or "group of criminals," while the verb pack means "fill a bag for a trip." You might pack a pack of cards when you travel across the country by train, since you'll have a lot of hours to fill.

Primary Meanings of pack

1.
nv
a convenient package or parcel (as of cigarettes or film)
arrange in a container
2.
n
a complete collection of similar things
3.
vn
treat the body or any part of it by wrapping it, as with blankets or sheets, and applying compresses to it, or stuffing it to provide cover, containment, or therapy, or to absorb blood
a sheet or blanket (either dry or wet) to wrap around the body for its therapeutic effect
4.
vn
have with oneself; have on one's person
a bundle (especially one carried on the back)
5.
v
set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome
Full Definitions of pack
1

n a convenient package or parcel (as of cigarettes or film)

Type of:
package, parcel
a wrapped container

v arrange in a container

pack the books into the boxes”
Antonyms:
take out, unpack
remove from its packing
Types:
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containerise, containerize
package in a container
bag
put into a bag
bundle, bundle up, roll up
make into a bundle
stow
fill by packing tightly
pouch
put into a small bag
Type of:
case, encase, incase
enclose in, or as if in, a case

v have the property of being packable or of compacting easily

“Such odd-shaped items do not pack well”
Synonyms:
compact
bundle, compact, wad
compress into a wad
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v compress into a wad

Synonyms:
bundle, compact, wad
compact
have the property of being packable or of compacting easily
Types:
puddle
work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud
Type of:
arrange, set up
put into a proper or systematic order

v press down tightly

Synonyms:
tamp, tamp down
Type of:
compact, compress, pack together
make more compact by or as if by pressing

v press tightly together or cram

“The crowd packed the auditorium”
Synonyms:
jam, mob, pile, throng
Type of:
crowd, crowd together
to gather together in large numbers

v seal with packing

pack the faucet”
Type of:
seal, seal off
make tight; secure against leakage

v fill to capacity

“This singer always packs the concert halls”
“The murder trial packed the court house”
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense
2

n a complete collection of similar things

Types:
disc pack, disk pack
(computer science) a portable pack of magnetic disks used in a disk storage device
deck, deck of cards, pack of cards
a pack of 52 playing cards
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

n a large indefinite number

Synonyms:
battalion, large number, multitude, plurality
Type of:
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude

n a group of hunting animals

Types:
wolf pack
a group of wolves hunting together
Type of:
animal group
a group of animals

n an association of criminals

“a pack of thieves”
Synonyms:
gang, mob, ring
Types:
nest
a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality
youth gang
a gang whose members are teenagers
sleeper nest
a nest of sleepers awaiting a prearranged signal
Type of:
association
a formal organization of people or groups of people

n an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

Synonyms:
camp, clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle
Types:
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Bloomsbury Group
an inner circle of writers and artists and philosophers who lived in or around Bloomsbury early in the 20th century and were noted for their unconventional lifestyles
bohemia
a group of artists and writers with real or pretended artistic or intellectual aspirations and usually an unconventional life style
brain trust, kitchen cabinet
an inner circle of unofficial advisors to the head of a government
loop
an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan)
cabal, camarilla, faction, junto
a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
junta, military junta
a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power
maffia, mafia
any tightly knit group of trusted associates
faction, sect
a dissenting clique
galere, rogue's gallery
a coterie of undesirable people
hard core
the most dedicated and intensely loyal nucleus of a group or movement
splinter group
a faction or sect that has broken away from its parent organization
left, left wing
those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare
right, right wing
those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
old guard
a faction that is unwilling to accept new ideas
pro-choice faction
those who argue that the decision to have an induced abortion should be made by the mother
pro-life faction
those who argue that induced abortion is killing and should be prohibited
Type of:
band, circle, lot, set
an unofficial association of people or groups
3

v treat the body or any part of it by wrapping it, as with blankets or sheets, and applying compresses to it, or stuffing it to provide cover, containment, or therapy, or to absorb blood

“The nurse packed gauze in the wound”
“You had better pack your swollen ankle with ice”
Type of:
care for, treat
provide treatment for

n a sheet or blanket (either dry or wet) to wrap around the body for its therapeutic effect

Type of:
corrective, restorative
a device for treating injury or disease

n a cream that cleanses and tones the skin

Synonyms:
face pack
Type of:
corrective, restorative
a device for treating injury or disease
4

v have with oneself; have on one's person

“She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains”
Synonyms:
carry, take
carry
have or possess something abstract
Type of:
feature, have
have as a feature

v carry, as on one's back

Pack your tents to the top of the mountain”
Type of:
carry, transport
move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

v load with a pack

Synonyms:
load down
Type of:
lade, laden, load, load up
fill or place a load on

v hike with a backpack

Synonyms:
backpack
Type of:
hike
walk a long way, as for pleasure or physical exercise

n a bundle (especially one carried on the back)

Type of:
bundle, sheaf
a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing
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v set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome

pack a jury”
Type of:
appoint, constitute, name, nominate
create and charge with a task or function

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