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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
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Even if the intention really was to shoot the quarry as soon as it was flushed from cover, having a full pack milling around the area would surely make that much harder and more dangerous.
To allow the use of full packs for "flushing" will largely neutralise the Hunting Act, which is precisely their intention.
Just one cigarette a day carries nearly half the risk for heart attack and stroke as smoking a full pack of 20, according to a large-scale study published Thursday.
Barry-Murphy basically has a full pack to choose from and he has decided to name his strongest possible line-up with Patrick Horgan, Paudie O'Sullivan and Alan Cadogan forming a formidable full-forward line.
"These people were easily buying single sticks for ten to 15 rupees (16 to 24 cents), but now they will have to shell out some 200 rupees ($3) for the full pack, which will not be so easy," said Mathew.
An amendment could allow a full pack of up to 40 dogs to be used.
Young audiences in Huddersfield will have a chance to watch online and submit questions to the line-up while parents, teachers and librarians can download a full pack of resources and ideas to help the children.
For example there was a miniature playing card issued with each packet of certain brands of cigarettes and on completing the collection of a full pack of 52 cards you would send them away to W H Wills.
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ISAW him - and I see him now - as the kind of doughty and reliable figure who puts you in mind of a curly haired, barrel-chested British Tommy going on up the line in the driving rain with tin hat, full pack and cape and a shrug of the shoulders as if to say, 'What comes, comes.' There were many players I saw in this way, villains as well as heroes, and for a time nothing would have pleased me more than to have become some kind of sporting journalist, but I would have been very unsatisfactory since I was often so carried away with my enthusiasms for certain players that I almost ignored games just to watch them.
A top removal company not only arranges the move but also offers home buyers a full pack service, wrapping and packing their belongings for them.
RICS, in its latest attack on the measures, said regulation required that an energy performance certificate be in place by the exchange of contracts, but not a full pack. Sellers only needed to show a HIP has been ordered, RICS added.