- A pact.
- A bundle made up and prepared to be carried; especially, a
bundle to be carried on the back; a load for an animal; a bale, as of
- A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack; hence,
a multitude; a burden.
- A number or quantity of connected or similar things
- A full set of playing cards; also, the assortment used in a
particular game; as, a euchre pack.
- A number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together.
- A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad design or
practice; a gang; as, a pack of thieves or knaves.
- A shook of cask staves.
- A bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling simultaneously.
- A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more
or less closely.
- An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic
practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the
method of treatment.
- A loose, lewd, or worthless person. See Baggage.
- To make a pack of; to arrange closely and securely in a pack;
hence, to place and arrange compactly as in a pack; to press into close
order or narrow compass; as to pack goods in a box; to pack fish.
- To fill in the manner of a pack, that is, compactly and
securely, as for transportation; hence, to fill closely or to
repletion; to stow away within; to cause to be full; to crowd into; as,
to pack a trunk; the play, or the audience, packs the theater.
- To sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the
- Hence: To bring together or make up unfairly and
fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result; as, to pack a jury
or a causes.
- To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot.
- To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber; as, to pack
- To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings;
esp., to send away peremptorily or suddenly; -- sometimes with off; as,
to pack a boy off to school.
- To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on
the backs of men or beasts).
- To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings.
See Pack, n., 5.
- To render impervious, as by filling or surrounding with
suitable material, or to fit or adjust so as to move without giving
passage to air, water, or steam; as, to pack a joint; to pack the
piston of a steam engine. - To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles
securely for transportation.
- To admit of stowage, or of making up for transportation or
storage; to become compressed or to settle together, so as to form a
compact mass; as, the goods pack conveniently; wet snow packs well.
- To gather in flocks or schools; as, the grouse or the
perch begin to pack.
- To depart in haste; -- generally with off or away.
- To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes;
to join in collusion.