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pack (n.)

early 13c., pak, pake, "a bundle or package (of cloth, merchandise, etc.)," also "a bag or purse for carrying things," probably from a Low German word (compare Middle Dutch pac, pack "bundle," Middle Low German pak, Middle Flemish pac, attested from late 12c.) and taken into English from the 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.

Especially a bundle enclosed in a wrapping and bound fast with cords. Meaning "set of persons" (usually of a low character) is from late 14c. and is older than sense of "group of instinctively herding hunting animals" (mid-15c.). Extended to "complete set of playing cards" (1590s), floating ice (1791), bundled cigarettes (1924), and submarines (1943).

Meaning "knapsack on a frame" is attested from 1916. Pack of lies is attested from 1763. Meaning "a person of low character" (usually with naughty) is by 1520s.

pack (v.)

late 14c., pakken, "to put together in a pack, bundle (something) up," from pack (n.), possibly influenced by Anglo-French empaker (late 13c.) and Medieval Latin paccare "pack," both of which are from Germanic (compare Middle Dutch packen).

Meaning "pack compactly, cram or crowd together" is from mid-15c. Sense of "to fill (a container) with things arranged more or less methodically" is from late 15c. Meaning "to go away, leave" is from mid-15c. Meaning "to force or press down or together firmly" (of dirt, snow, etc.) is by 1850.

Some senses suggesting "make secret arrangement, manipulate so as to serve one's purposes" are from an Elizabethan mispronunciation of pact, as in pack the cards (1590s) "arrange the deck so as to give one undue advantage." The sense of "to carry or convey in a pack" (1805) led to the general sense of "to carry in any manner;" hence "to be capable of delivering" (a punch, etc.), attested from 1921, and  pack heat "carry a gun," 1940s underworld slang. To pack it up "give up, finish" is by 1942. Related: Packed; packing.

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Definitions of pack from WordNet
1
pack (v.)
arrange in a container;
pack the books into the boxes
pack (v.)
fill to capacity;
This singer always packs the concert halls
The murder trial packed the court house
pack (v.)
compress into a wad;
Synonyms: bundle / wad / compact
pack (v.)
carry, as on one's back;
pack (v.)
set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome;
pack a jury
pack (v.)
have with oneself; have on one's person;
She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains
Synonyms: carry / take
pack (v.)
press tightly together or cram;
The crowd packed the auditorium
Synonyms: throng / mob / pile / jam
pack (v.)
hike with a backpack;
Synonyms: backpack
pack (v.)
press down tightly;
Synonyms: tamp down / tamp
pack (v.)
seal with packing;
pack the faucet
pack (v.)
have the property of being packable or of compacting easily;
Such odd-shaped items do not pack well
Synonyms: compact
pack (v.)
load with a pack;
Synonyms: load down
pack (v.)
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
The nurse packed gauze in the wound
2
pack (n.)
a large indefinite number;
Synonyms: battalion / large number / multitude / plurality
pack (n.)
a complete collection of similar things;
pack (n.)
a convenient package or parcel (as of cigarettes or film);
pack (n.)
an association of criminals;
a pack of thieves
Synonyms: gang / ring / mob
pack (n.)
an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose;
Synonyms: clique / coterie / ingroup / inner circle / camp
pack (n.)
a group of hunting animals;
pack (n.)
a cream that cleanses and tones the skin;
Synonyms: face pack
pack (n.)
a sheet or blanket (either dry or wet) to wrap around the body for its therapeutic effect;
pack (n.)
a bundle (especially one carried on the back);
From wordnet.princeton.edu