filled to capacity; full:
They’ve had a packed theater for every performance.
pressed together; dense; compressed:
abundantly supplied with a specified element (used in combination):
an action-packed movie.
a group of things wrapped or tied together for easy handling or carrying; a bundle, especially one to be carried on the back of an animal or a person:
a mule pack; a hiker’s pack.
a definite quantity or standard measure of something wrapped up or otherwise assembled for merchandising (sometimes used in combination):
a pack of cigarettes; a six-pack of beer.
the quantity of something that is packaged, canned, or the like, at one time, in one season, etc.:
last year’s salmon pack.
a group of people or things:
a pack of fools; a pack of lies.
a group of certain animals of the same kind, especially predatory ones:
a pack of wolves.
Hunting. a number of hounds, especially foxhounds and beagles, regularly used together in a hunt.
a complete set of playing cards, usually 52 in number; deck.
a considerable area of pieces of floating ice driven or packed together.
Metalworking. a pile of metal sheets for hot-rolling together.
a cosmetic material, usually of a pastelike consistency, applied either to the face or to the hair and scalp:
a mud pack; a beauty pack; a henna pack.
2 (def 1).
Obsolete. a plot; conspiracy.
Obsolete. a low or worthless person.
verb (used with object)
to make into a pack or bundle.
to form into a group or compact mass.
to fill with anything compactly arranged:
to pack a trunk.
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.
to press or crowd together within; cram:
The crowd packed the gallery.
to prepare for marketing by putting into containers or :
to pack fruit for shipping.
to make airtight, vaportight, or watertight by stuffing:
to pack the piston of a steam engine.
to cover or envelop with something pressed closely around.
to load, as with packs:
We packed the mules and then set off for the lake.
to carry or wear, especially as part of one’s usual equipment:
to pack a gun.
Informal. 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.
to treat with a therapeutic pack.
verb (used without object)
to pack goods in compact form, as for transportation or storage (often followed by up).
to place clothes and personal items in a suitcase, trunk, etc., preparatory to traveling.
to be capable of or suitable for compact storage or packing for transportation:
articles that pack well.
to crowd together, as persons:
The audience packed into the auditorium.
to become compacted:
Wet snow packs readily.
to collect into a group:
The grouse began to pack.
transporting, or used in transporting, a pack or load:
compressed into a pack; .
used in or adapted for packing:
Chiefly Scot. (of animals) tame.
pack in/up, 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.
pack it in,
verb (used with object)
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.
completely filled; full: a packed theatre
(of a picnic type of meal) prepared and put in a container or containers beforehand; prepacked: a packed lunch
a collected amount of anything
a complete set of similar things, esp a set of 52 playing cards
a group of animals of the same kind, esp hunting animals: a pack of hounds
any group or band that associates together, esp for criminal purposes
(rugby) the forwards of a team or both teams collectively, as in a scrum or in rucking
the basic organizational unit of Cub Scouts and Brownie Guides
(US & Canadian) a small or medium-sized container of cardboard, paper, etc, often together with its contents Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) packet
short for pack ice
the quantity of something, such as food, packaged for preservation
short for backpack, rucksack
(mining) a roof support, esp one made of rubble
short for face pack
a parachute folded and ready for use
(computing) another name for deck (sense 5)
(Austral & NZ, informal) go to the pack, to fall into a lower state or condition
to place or arrange (articles) in (a container), such as clothes in a suitcase
(transitive) to roll up into a bundle
when passive, often foll by out. to press tightly together; cram: the audience packed into the foyer, the hall was packed out
(transitive; foll by in or into) to fit (many things, experiences, etc) into a limited space or time: she packed a lot of theatre visits into her holiday
to form (snow, ice, etc) into a hard compact mass or (of snow, ice, etc) to become compacted
(transitive) to press in or cover tightly: to pack a hole with cement
(transitive) to load (a horse, donkey, etc) with a burden
often foll by off or away. to send away or go away, esp hastily
(transitive) to seal (a joint) by inserting a layer of compressible material between the faces
(transitive) to fill (a bearing or gland) with grease to lubricate it
(transitive) to separate (two adjoining components) so that they have a predetermined gap between them, by introducing shims, washers, plates, etc
(transitive) (med) to treat with a pack
(transitive) (slang) to be capable of inflicting (a blow): he packs a mean punch
(transitive) (US, informal) to carry or wear habitually: he packs a gun
(rugby) (intransitive) often foll by down. to form a scrum
(transitive; often foll by into, to, etc) (US & Canadian, NZ) to carry (goods), esp on the back: will you pack your camping equipment into the mountains?
(informal) pack one’s bags, to get ready to leave
(informal) send packing, to dismiss peremptorily
(transitive) to fill (a legislative body, committee, etc) with one’s own supporters: to pack a jury
“bundle,” early 13c., probably from a Low German word (cf. Middle Dutch pac, pack “bundle,” Middle Low German pak, Middle Flemish pac, attested from late 12c.), originally a term of wool traders in Flanders; or possibly from Old Norse pakki. All are of unknown origin.
Italian pacco is a Dutch loan word; French pacque probably is from Flemish. Meaning “set of persons” (usually of a low character) is c.1300, older than sense of “group of hunting animals” (early 15c.). Extended to collective sets of playing cards (1590s), floating ice (1791), cigarettes (1924), and submarines (1943). Meaning “knapsack on a frame” is attested from 1916. Pack of lies first attested 1763.
c.1300, “to put together in a pack,” from pack (n.), possibly influenced by Anglo-French empaker (late 13c.) and Medieval Latin 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 gun,” underworld slang from 1940s; “to be capable of delivering” (a punch, etc.), from 1921. Related: Packed; packing.
v. packed, pack·ing, packs
Armed, esp with a pistol; carrying: The policeman was packed before he raided the building (packed 1980s+ Teenagers, packing 1990s+)
To carry, esp a weapon (1890+)
nerd pack, rat pack
- Packed-cell volume
packed-cell volume n. The volume of blood cells in a sample of blood after it has been centrifuged.
- Packed decimal
binary coded decimal
- Packed encoding rules
protocol, standard (PER) ASN.1 encoding rules for producing a compact transfer syntax for data structures described in ASN.1, defined in 1994. PER provides a much more compact encoding then BER. It tries to represents the data units using the minimum number of bits. The compactness requires that the decoder knows the complete abstract syntax of […]
- Packed in like sardines
Extremely crowded, as in I could barely breathe—we were packed in like sardines. This term, alluding to how tightly sardines are packed in cans, has been applied to human crowding since the late 1800s.