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.