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pack

1. a complete set of similar things, esp a set of 52 playing cards
2. a group of animals of the same kind, esp hunting animals
3. Rugby the forwards of a team or both teams collectively, as in a scrum or in rucking
4. a small package, carton, or container, used to retail commodities, esp foodstuffs, cigarettes, etc.
5. short for pack ice
6. Med
a. a sheet or blanket, either damp or dry, for wrapping about the body, esp for its soothing effect
b. a material such as cotton or gauze for temporarily filling a bodily cavity, esp to control bleeding
7. a parachute folded and ready for use
8. Computing another name for deck

pack

[pak]
(computer science)
To reduce the amount of storage required to hold information by changing the method of encoding the data.
(industrial engineering)
To provide protection for an article or group of articles against physical damage during shipment; packing is accomplished by placing articles in a shipping container, and blocking, bracing, and cushioning them when necessary, or by strapping the articles or containers on a pallet or skid.
(mining engineering)
A pillar built in the waste area or roadside within a mine to support the mine roof; constructed from loose stones and dirt.
Waste rock or timber used to support the roof or underground workings or used to fill excavations. Also known as fill.
(oceanography)
(ordnance)
Part of a parachute assembly in which the canopy and shroud lines are folded and carried. Also known as pack assembly.

pack

(1) To compress data in order to save space. Unpack refers to decompressing data. See data compression.

(2) An instruction that converts a decimal number into a packed decimal format. Unpack converts a packed decimal number into decimal.

(3) In database programs, a command that removes records that have been marked for deletion.
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Relieve them with a cold pack and the headache should disappear.
plastic cup containers of Heluva Good Port Wine Cold Pack Cheese Food Sell by date between 11/15/2010 through 12/15/2010
Dunlap products include cold packs and water bottles in addition to its heating pads.
Cold pack for 25 to 30 minutes for pints and 45 minutes for quarts.
Use a hot/ cold pack on the most painful areas, and an elastic support or splint.
Although the risk from cold pack ingredients was known to police and security services, this was the first time it was used as part of a terror plot in the UK.
But when a cold pack was applied, the rate was just 9 percent.
JUSTICE DENIED First let the trail go stone cold Pack the bloodhounds off to bed Put all urgent calls on hold Deal the cards, black and red.
In the event the plug needs to dissolve sooner, the surgeon can dissolve the gel plug by applying a cold pack or cold saline to the blood vessel.
If it doesn't, put a cold pack on your leg and then apply a compression bandage.
According to an April 4, 1938 article in the Wenatchee Daily World: "The cold pack, which in reality amounts to a quick-freezing process, was a hundred-million-dollar industry last year over the nation and is expected to double in value this year.