Meaning of PACK in English


I. ˈpak noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, of Low German or Dutch origin; akin to Middle Low German & Middle Dutch pak pack

Date: 13th century


a. : a bundle arranged for convenience in carrying especially on the back

b. : a group or pile of related objects


(1) : a number of individual components packaged as a unit

a pack of gum

(2) : container

(3) : a compact unitized assembly to perform a specific function

(4) : a stack of magnetic disks in a container for use as a storage device


a. : the contents of a bundle

b. : a large amount or number : heap

a pack of lies

c. : a full set of playing cards


a. : an act or instance of packing

b. : a method of packing


a. : a set of persons with a common interest : clique

b. : an organized unit (as of Cub Scouts)



(1) : a group of domesticated animals trained to hunt or run together

(2) : a group of often predatory animals of the same kind

a wolf pack

(3) : a large group of individuals massed together (as in a race)

b. : wolf pack

6. : a concentrated or compacted mass (as of snow or ice)

7. : wet absorbent material for therapeutic application to the body


a. : a cosmetic paste for the face

b. : an application or treatment of oils or creams for conditioning the scalp and hair

9. : material used in packing

II. verb

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


a. : to make into a compact bundle

b. : to fill completely

fans pack ed the stadium

c. : to fill with packing

pack a joint in a pipe

d. : to load with a pack

pack a mule

e. : to put in a protective container

goods pack ed for shipment


a. : to crowd together

b. : to increase the density of : compress


a. : to cause or command to go without ceremony

pack ed him off to school

b. : to bring to an end : give up — used with up or in

might pack up the assignment

— used especially in the phrase pack it in

4. : to gather into tight formation : make a pack of (as hounds)

5. : to cover or surround with a pack


a. : to transport on foot or on the back of an animal

pack a canoe overland

b. : to wear or carry as equipment

pack a gun

c. : to be supplied or equipped with : possess

a storm pack ing hurricane winds

d. : to make or be capable of making (an impact)

a book that pack s a man-sized punch — C. J. Rolo

intransitive verb


a. : to go away without ceremony : depart

simply pack ed up and left

b. : quit , stop — used with up or in

why don't you pack in, before you kill yourself — Millard Lampell


a. : to stow goods and equipment for transportation

b. : to be suitable for packing

a knit dress pack s well


a. : to assemble in a group : congregate

b. : to crowd together

4. : to become built up or compacted in a layer or mass

the ore pack ed into a stony mass


a. : to carry goods or equipment

b. : to travel with one's baggage (as by horse)

• pack·abil·i·ty ˌpa-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē noun

• pack·able ˈpa-kə-bəl adjective

III. transitive verb

Etymology: obsolete pack to make a secret agreement

Date: 1587

1. : to influence the composition of so as to bring about a desired result

pack a jury

2. archaic : to arrange (the cards in a pack) so as to cheat

IV. adjective

Etymology: perhaps from obsolete pack to make a secret agreement

Date: 1701

chiefly Scottish : intimate

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.