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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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For the analysis of the effect of wrapping bags in ice packs on the rate of warming, we investigated significant differences in the mean temperatures between fluid bags wrapped in ice packs and non-wrapped fluid bags with the Student's independent samples t-test at different time points.
One must not use standard chilled ice packs which might over cool or even freeze the product.
Comparing W1 and W2 which were both without ice packs (refer to table 1), there was a difference of 0.
Traditional ice packs can only be used for 20 minutes to 30 minutes at a time.
Too often the case is that the ice pack leaks, it gets too stiff to apply to a wide area.
After that came the great melt over the next 3,000 or so years as the sprawling ice pack retreated northward.
If there's no serious damage you should recover in three to six weeks as long as you rest, keep your leg up as much as possible and use ice packs and an elastic knee support.
Thoroughly clean coolers, thermal bottles and other portable containers before packing with frozen gel ice packs (or ice) and food.
At a science conference in Cardiff yesterday leading sports physiotherapists unveiled research about the use of ice packs that could spell the end of the sporting panacea.
Only 31% of survey respondents said they always equip lunches with ice packs to help safeguard perishable food items like sandwiches, cheese snacks, yogurt and milk.
Because the open water absorbed more radiation than snow-covered ice would have, the near-shore waters warmed and accelerated melting at the edges of the ice packs.
I brought a two-month supply with me, and I carried my medication in a small cooler with ice packs that I re-froze every chance I got.