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Pack vs. Unpack — What's the Difference?

Pack vs. Unpack — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Pack and Unpack

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Pack

A collection of items tied up or wrapped; a bundle.

Unpack

To remove the contents of (a suitcase, for example).

Pack

A container made to be carried on the body of a person or animal.

Unpack

To remove from a container, from packaging, or from packing.

Pack

The amount, as of food, that is processed and packaged at one time or in one season.
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Unpack

To remove a pack from (a pack animal).

Pack

A small package containing a standard number of identical or similar items
A pack of matches.

Unpack

To elucidate or interpret (the meanings implicit in an utterance or text, for example).

Pack

A complete set of related items
A pack of cards.

Unpack

To unpack objects from a container.

Pack

(Informal) A large amount; a heap
Earned a pack of money.

Unpack

(transitive) To remove from a package or container, particularly with respect to items that had previously been arranged closely and securely in a pack.
They didn't have time to unpack their bags before going out to dinner.

Pack

A group of animals, such as dogs or wolves, that run and hunt together.

Unpack

(intransitive) To empty containers that had been packed.
They didn't have time to unpack before going to dinner.

Pack

A gang of people
A pack of hoodlums.

Unpack

To analyze a concept or a text; to explain.

Pack

An organized troop having common interests
A Cub Scout pack.

Unpack

To undergo separation of its features into distinct segments.

Pack

A mass of large pieces of floating ice driven together.

Unpack

To unzip, decompress.

Pack

Material, such as towels, sheets, or blankets that are used to swathe a patient or body part.

Unpack

To separate and remove, as things packed; to open and remove the contents of; as, to unpack a trunk.

Pack

A material, such as gauze, that is therapeutically inserted into a body cavity or wound.

Unpack

To relieve of a pack or burden.

Pack

An ice pack used to reduce pain and inflammation.

Unpack

Remove from its packing;
Unpack the presents

Pack

A cold pack.

Pack

A hot pack.

Pack

A cosmetic paste that is applied to the skin, allowed to dry, and then rinsed off.

Pack

Variant of pac.

Pack

To fold, roll, or combine into a bundle; wrap up.

Pack

To put into a receptacle for transporting or storing
Pack one's belongings.

Pack

To fill up with items
Pack one's trunk.

Pack

To process and put into containers in order to preserve, transport, or sell
Packed the fruit in jars.

Pack

To bring together (persons or things) closely; crowd together
Managed to pack 300 students into the lecture hall.

Pack

To fill up tight; cram.

Pack

To wrap (a patient) in a pack.

Pack

To insert a pack into (a body cavity or wound).

Pack

To wrap tightly for protection or to prevent leakage
Pack a valve stem.

Pack

To press together; compact firmly
Packed the clay and straw into bricks.

Pack

(Informal) To carry, deliver, or have available for action
A thug who packed a pistol.
A fighter who packs a hard punch.

Pack

To send unceremoniously
The parents packed both children off to bed.

Pack

To constitute (a voting panel) by appointment, selection, or arrangement in such a way that it is favorable to one's purposes or point of view; rig
"In 1937 Roosevelt threatened to pack the court" (New Republic).

Pack

To place one's belongings in boxes or luggage for transporting or storing.

Pack

To be susceptible of compact storage
Dishes pack more easily than glasses.

Pack

To form lumps or masses; become compacted.

Pack

A bundle made up and prepared to be carried; especially, a bundle to be carried on the back, but also a load for an animal, a bale.
The horses carried the packs across the plain.

Pack

A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack

Pack

A multitude.
A pack of lies
A pack of complaints

Pack

A number or quantity of connected or similar things; a collective.

Pack

A full set of playing cards
We were going to play cards, but nobody brought a pack.

Pack

The assortment of playing cards used in a particular game.
Cut the pack

Pack

A group of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together.

Pack

A wolfpack: a number of wolves, hunting together.

Pack

A flock of knots.

Pack

A group of people associated or leagued in a bad design or practice; a gang.
A pack of thieves

Pack

A group of Cub Scouts.

Pack

A shook of cask staves.

Pack

A bundle of sheet iron plates for rolling simultaneously.

Pack

A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more or less closely.
The ship had to sail round the pack of ice.

Pack

(medicine) An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment.

Pack

(slang) A loose, lewd, or worthless person. en

Pack

A tight group of object balls in cue sports. Usually the reds in snooker.

Pack

(rugby) The forwards in a rugby team (eight in Rugby Union, six in Rugby League) who with the opposing pack constitute the scrum.
The captain had to take a man out of the pack to replace the injured fullback.

Pack

(roller derby) The largest group of blockers from both teams skating in close proximity.

Pack

(physical) To put or bring things together in a limited or confined space, especially for storage or transport.

Pack

(transitive) To make a pack of; to arrange closely and securely in a pack; hence, to place and arrange compactly as in a pack
To pack goods in a box;
To pack fish

Pack

(transitive) To fill in the manner of a pack, that is, compactly and securely, as for transportation; hence, to fill closely or to repletion; to stow away within; to cause to be full; to crowd into.
To pack a trunk;
The play, or the audience, packs the theater

Pack

(transitive) To wrap in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings.
The doctor gave Kelly some sulfa pills and packed his arm in hot-water bags.

Pack

(transitive) To make impervious, such as by filling or surrounding with suitable material, or to fit or adjust so as to move without allowing air, water, or steam inside.
To pack a joint;
To pack the piston of a steam engine;
Pack someone's arm with ice.

Pack

(intransitive) To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.

Pack

(intransitive) To form a compact mass, especially in order for transportation.
The goods pack conveniently;
Wet snow packs well

Pack

To gather together in flocks, herds, schools or similar groups of animals.
The grouse or the perch begin to pack

Pack

To combine (telegraph messages) in order to send them more cheaply as a single transmission.

Pack

(social) To cheat.

Pack

To sort and arrange (the cards) in the pack to give oneself an unfair advantage

Pack

(transitive) To bring together or make up unfairly, in order to secure a certain result.
To pack a jury

Pack

(transitive) To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot.

Pack

(intransitive) To put together for morally wrong purposes; to join in cahoots.

Pack

(transitive) To load with a pack
To pack a horse

Pack

To load; to encumber.

Pack

To move, send or carry.

Pack

(transitive) To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings; especially, to send away peremptorily or suddenly; – sometimes with off. See pack off.
To pack a boy off to school

Pack

To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (on the backs of men or animals).

Pack

(intransitive) To depart in haste; – generally with off or away.

Pack

To carry weapons, especially firearms, on one's person.
Packing heat

Pack

To block a shot, especially in basketball.

Pack

To play together cohesively, specially with reference to their technique in the scrum.

Pack

To wear an object, such as a prosthetic penis, inside one’s trousers to appear more male or masculine.

Pack

A pact.

Pack

A bundle made up and prepared to be carried; especially, a bundle to be carried on the back; a load for an animal; a bale, as of goods.

Pack

A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden.

Pack

A group or quantity of connected or similar things; as, a pack of lies

Pack

A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more or less closely.

Pack

An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment.

Pack

A loose, lewd, or worthless person. See Baggage.

Pack

In hydropathic practice, a wrapping of blankets or sheets called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the condition of the blankets or sheets used, put about a patient to give him treatment; also, the fact or condition of being so treated.

Pack

The forwards who compose one half of the scrummage; also, the scrummage.

Pack

To make a pack of; to arrange closely and securely in a pack; hence, to place and arrange compactly as in a pack; to press into close order or narrow compass; as, to pack goods in a box; to pack fish.
Strange materials packed up with wonderful art.
Where . . . the bonesOf all my buried ancestors are packed.

Pack

To fill in the manner of a pack, that is, compactly and securely, as for transportation; hence, to fill closely or to repletion; to stow away within; to cause to be full; to crowd into; as, to pack a trunk; the play, or the audience, packs the theater.

Pack

To shuffle, sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly; to stack{3} (the deck).
And mighty dukes pack cards for half a crown.

Pack

To bring together or make up unfairly and fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result; to stack{3}; as, to pack a jury or a caucus.
The expected council was dwindling into . . . a packed assembly of Italian bishops.

Pack

To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot.
He lost life . . . upon a nice point subtilely devised and packed by his enemies.

Pack

To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber; as, to pack a horse.
Our thighs packed with wax, our mouths with honey.

Pack

To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings; esp., to send away peremptorily or suddenly; to send packing; - sometimes with off; as, to pack a boy off to school.
He . . . must not dieTill George be packed with post horse up to heaven.

Pack

To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or beasts).

Pack

To render impervious, as by filling or surrounding with suitable material, or to fit or adjust so as to move without giving passage to air, water, or steam; as, to pack a joint; to pack the piston of a steam engine.

Pack

To cover, envelop, or protect tightly with something;

Pack

To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.

Pack

To admit of stowage, or of making up for transportation or storage; to become compressed or to settle together, so as to form a compact mass; as, the goods pack conveniently; wet snow packs well.

Pack

To gather in flocks or schools; as, the grouse or the perch begin to pack.

Pack

To depart in haste; - generally with off or away.
Poor Stella must pack off to town
You shall pack,And never more darken my doors again.

Pack

To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion.

Pack

A large indefinite number;
A battalion of ants
A multitude of TV antennas
A plurality of religions

Pack

A complete collection of similar things

Pack

A small parcel (as of cigarettes or film)

Pack

An association of criminals;
Police tried to break up the gang
A pack of thieves

Pack

An exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

Pack

A group of hunting animals

Pack

A cream that cleanses and tones the skin

Pack

A sheet or blanket (either dry or wet) to wrap around the body for its therapeutic effect

Pack

A bundle (especially one carried on the back)

Pack

Arrange in a container;
Pack the books into the boxes

Pack

Fill to capacity;
This singer always packs the concert halls
They murder trial packed the court house

Pack

Compress into a wad;
Wad paper into the box

Pack

Carry, as on one's back;
Pack your tents to the top of the mountain

Pack

Set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome;
Pack a jury

Pack

Have with oneself; have on one's person;
She always takes an umbrella
I always carry money
She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains

Pack

Press tightly together or cram;
The crowd packed the auditorium

Pack

Hike with a backpack;
Every summer they are backpacking in the Rockies

Pack

Press down tightly;
Tamp the coffee grinds in the container to make espresso

Pack

Seal with packing;
Pack the faucet

Pack

Have the property of being packable or compactable or of compacting easily;
This powder compacts easily
Such odd-shaped items do not pack well

Pack

Load with a pack

Pack

Treat the body or any part of it by wrapping it, as with blankets or sheets, and applying compresses to it, or stuffing it to provide cover, containment, or therapy, or to absorb blood;
The nurse packed gauze in the wound
You had better pack your swollen ankle with ice

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