General English

  • noun a set of things put together in a box
  • noun a set of playing cards
  • noun a group of wild animals together
  • verb to put things into a suitcase ready for travelling
  • verb to put a lot of people or things into something

General Science

  • noun a group of predatory animals which live and hunt together


  • noun a detachable system
  • noun a small package containing a set number of items


  • noun items put together in a container or shrink-wrapped for selling
  • noun a folder containing documents about something
  • verb to put things into a container for selling or sending


  • noun a number of disks sold or kept together
  • verb to store a quantity of data in a reduced form, often by representing several characters of data with one stored character


  • The bundling in which shakes and shingles are shipped. In shakes, the most prevalent pack is a 9/9. This describes a bundle packed on an 18" wide frame with nine courses, or layers, at each end. The most common pack for shingles is 20/20. Because of their smoother edges, shingles can be packed tighter than shakes, a bundle of shakes usually contains a net of about 16" of wood across the 18" width of the frame.


  • verb to concentrate fielders on a particular side of the wicket, especially in close catching positions; the bowler then bowls towards the ‘packed’ side of the wicket, with the aim of preventing the batsman from scoring and inducing close catches
    Citation ‘As runs came Larwood packed his leg field; and now had seven men on the leg side’ (Melbourne Argus 3 December 1932)
    Citation ‘This [restriction] was not welcomed by the off-spinning contingent on tour as we are accustomed to bowling to a packed onside field’ (Vic Marks, Cricketer April 1983)


  • To convert data into a more compact form making use of characteristics, or the current state, of the data and/or storage medium. For instance, to store two digits per octet, as opposed to one digit per octet. It is a form of compression.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a packet of information containing items such as leaflets or maps relevant to a particular topic
  • verb to put things into containers or parcels so that they can be sent to another address


  • verb to fill a group such as a committee or a jury with members who are sympathetic to your views


  • noun a tampon of gauze or cotton wool, used to fill an orifice such as the nose or vagina
  • noun a piece of wet material folded tightly, used to press on the body
  • noun a treatment in which a blanket or sheet is used to wrap round the body


  • noun a large fabric container, designed to be carried on a person’s back.
  • noun a paper or cardboard or plastic container


  • noun the main body of competitors in a race or competition
  • noun the forwards playing for a rugby team, or the forwards from both teams in a match, especially when involved in a scrum or maul


  • noun a rucksack, a bag carried on the back.

Origin & History of “pack”

The ultimate origins of pack are unknown. English borrowed it from one of the Germanic languages of northeastern Europe (both middle Dutch and Middle Low German had pak), but where they got it from is not clear. Its derivatives package (16th c.) and packet (16th c.) are both English formations.