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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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BEIRUT: Safa exited the AFC Cup Wednesday despite edging Al-Kuwait 1-0, while Ansar were also sent packing after a 2-0 loss to Irbil.
SENT PACKING: Sgt Westmoreland gives three-year-old Brandon Swann a helping hand Picture by MICHELLE MADDISON
In the past few months, a number of high-caliber auto executive have been sent packing: Helmut Panke of BMW, Jean-Martin Folz of PSA and, most recently, Bernd Pischetsrieder of Volkswagen.
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They tell your mortgage lender at what interest rate they'll approve your loan; they also tell your auto insurance provider whether you should be given substantial discounts, if your premium should double, or if you should be sent packing.
And, most important, there was still, at that moment, despite the horrors, a belief among leftists and liberals in the romance of American democracy, which meant that a British filmmaker who presented himself as the only person capable of mounting a critique of "Amerika" would be sent packing. In the long run, however, it seems that Watkins had the clearer vision of the future.
My favorite, if you can call it that, was when three teachers in Oregon were sent packing from a Bush rally for wearing shirts that said "Protect Our Civil Liberties."
After being sent packing Dunc careered towards 18-year-old singer JOSS STONE and started groping her bum.
Residents want unauthorised snack vans sent packing from their village.
They were outed by a Toronto Star journalist and proved to be biased in favour of the defendant, but not sent packing.
Without swallowing whole this dissent of these dissenters, it might be worth considering whether a precious baby may have been sent packing when the bathwater was so gleefully thrown out by the reformers.
It wasn't as if Andy Halliday did a Cantona the other night at Cappielow when he was sent packing for doing nothing more offensive than waving a clenched fist in the air.