Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a convenient package or parcel (as of cigarettes or film)
  2. (noun, artifact) a bundle (especially one carried on the back)
  3. (noun, artifact) a sheet or blanket (either dry or wet) to wrap around the body for its therapeutic effect
  4. (noun, artifact) a cream that cleanses and tones the skin
  5. (noun, group) a complete collection of similar things
  6. (noun, group) a group of hunting animals
  7. (noun, group) an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
  8. (noun, group) an association of criminals
    a pack of thieves
  9. (noun, quantity) a large indefinite number
    a multitude of TV antennas
    a plurality of religions
  10. (verb, body) 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
    You had better pack your swollen ankle with ice
  11. (verb, contact) carry, as on one's back
  12. (verb, contact) arrange in a container
  13. (verb, contact) load with a pack
  14. (verb, contact) compress into a wad
  15. (verb, contact) have the property of being packable or of compacting easily
    Such odd-shaped items do not pack well
  16. (verb, contact) seal with packing
  17. (verb, contact) press down tightly
  18. (verb, motion) hike with a backpack
  19. (verb, motion) press tightly together or cram
  20. (verb, motion) fill to capacity
    The murder trial packed the court house
  21. (verb, social) set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome
  22. (verb, stative) have with oneself; have on one's person
    I always carry money
    She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Pack


Origin of the word Pack

  1. "bundle," early 13c., probably from a Low Ger. word (cf. M.Du. pac, pack "bundle," M.L.G. pak, M.Flem. pac, attested from 1199), originally a term of wool traders in Flanders; or possibly from O.N. pakki, all of unknown origin. Italian pacco is a Du. loan word. Meaning "set of persons" (usually of a low character" is c.1300, older than sense o… more
  2. c.1300, "to put together in a pack," from pack (n.), possibly influenced by Anglo-Fr. empaker (1294) and M.L. paccare "pack." Some senses suggesting "make secret arrangement" are from an Elizabethan mispronunciation of pact. Sense of "to carry or convey in a pack" (1805) led to general sense of "to carry in any manner;" hence to pack heat "carry a gu… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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