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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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The few needing urgent ops are now either packed off to other countries with functional health services or the Government spends a fortune buying operations in the private sector.
One doesn't know at first quite what he means, as in his opening two chapters he meanders charmingly through his boyhood experience of being packed off to a Catholic boarding school in London and through the moral ambiguities of having to deliver sex lectures as a young officer in the U.
I would much rather see Philip Laing - currently working hard for his PhD in being a complete witless cretin - packed off to Afghanistan, where young men of his generation are fighting and dying.
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After escaping the clutches of Olaf, the kids are packed off to stay with kindly Uncle Monty and his huge collection of snakes and reptiles.
But only John speaks French,and the kids mutiny when they are packed off to school where no one will talk to them.
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Last summer, the 10 Hertfordshire youngsters were given food and drink - and taught how to prepare it - before being packed off to live together for a week during half-term.