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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.
References in classic literature ?
Many of the wolves that looked thee over when thou wast brought to the Council first are old too, and the young wolves believe, as Shere Khan has taught them, that a man-cub has no place with the Pack.
It is in my heart that when Akela misses his next kill--and at each hunt it costs him more to pin the buck--the Pack will turn against him and against thee.
There he checked, for he heard the yell of the Pack hunting, heard the bellow of a hunted Sambhur, and the snort as the buck turned at bay.
Akela the Lone Wolf lay by the side of his rock as a sign that the leadership of the Pack was open, and Shere Khan with his following of scrap-fed wolves walked to and fro openly being flattered.
He has kept our Law"; and at last the seniors of the Pack thundered: "Let the Dead Wolf speak.
There shall be no war between any of us in the Pack.
Results: Mean nasal obstruction with ventilated nasal pack was 45.
Likewise, newly introduced 3-day voice pack offers 50 minutes of talk time at Rs 30 including taxes.
Flexibility is a key advantage of the new flowrapper that can pack poultry ranging from whole birds to single portions.
This pack will include Soap Multiplayer Character and Personalization Pack (themed weapon camo, reticle, patch, playercard, and background).
With the dog pack, you get a dog guard, waterproof cargo tray and a rear bumper protector.