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Meaning of pack

pack

Pronunciation: (pak), [key]
—v.t.
  1. to make into a pack or bundle.
  2. to form into a group or compact mass.
  3. to fill with anything compactly arranged: to pack a trunk.
  4. to put into or arrange compactly in a trunk, valise, etc., as for traveling or storage: I packed a two-week supply of clothes for the trip.
  5. to press or crowd together within; cram: The crowd packed the gallery.
  6. to prepare for marketing by putting into containers or packages: to pack fruit for shipping.
  7. to make airtight, vaportight, or watertight by stuffing: to pack the piston of a steam engine.
  8. to cover or envelop with something pressed closely around.
  9. to load, as with packs: We packed the mules and then set off for the lake.
  10. to carry or wear, esp. as part of one's usual equipment: to pack a gun.
  11. to deliver (a powerful blow, strong message, etc.): He packs a better punch than any heavyweight in years. His speech packed a powerful plea for peace.
  12. to treat with a therapeutic pack.
—v.i.
  1. to pack goods in compact form, as for transportation or storage (often fol. by up).
  2. to place clothes and personal items in a suitcase, trunk, etc., preparatory to traveling.
  3. to be capable of or suitable for compact storage or packing for transportation: articles that pack well.
  4. to crowd together, as persons: The audience packed into the auditorium.
  5. to become compacted: Wet snow packs readily.
  6. to collect into a group: The grouse began to pack.
  7. to relinquish or give up; quit: One failure was no reason to pack the whole experiment in. After thirty years of touring, the violinist packed his career up and retired.
    1. to give up; abandon one's efforts: In 1972 we packed it in and moved back to Florida.
    2. to cease being a nuisance.
    1. to dispatch: We packed the kids off to camp for the summer.
    2. to leave hastily.
—adj.
  1. transporting, or used in transporting, a pack or load: pack animals.
  2. compressed into a pack; packed.
  3. used in or adapted for packing: pack equipment.
  4. (of animals) tame.

pack

Pronunciation: (pak), [key]
  1. to choose, collect, arrange, or manipulate (cards, persons, facts, etc.) so as to serve one's own purposes: to pack the deck; to pack a jury.

pack

Pronunciation: (pak), [key]
  1. very friendly or intimate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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