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As nouns the difference between pack and gather

is that pack is package, bundle, bunch, (unwieldy) bag or pack can be rabble, mob, vermin, rascals while gather is a plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.

As a verb gather is

to collect; normally separate things.




(pack) (en noun)
  • 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.
  • The horses carried the packs across the plain.
  • A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden.
  • A pack of lies.
  • A number or quantity of connected or similar things; a collective.
  • A full set of playing cards; also, the assortment used in a particular game; as, a euchre pack.
  • We were going to play cards, but nobody brought a pack .
  • A number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together.
  • * 2005 , John D. Skinner and Christian T. Chimimba, The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion?
  • African wild dogs hunt by sight, although stragglers use their noses to follow the pack .
  • A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad design or practice; a gang;
  • a pack of thieves or knaves.
  • A group of Cub Scouts.
  • A shook of cask staves.
  • A bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling simultaneously.
  • A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more or less closely.
  • The ship had to sail round the pack of ice.
  • An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment.
  • (slang): A loose, lewd, or worthless person.
  • (snooker, pool) A tight group of object balls in cue sports. Usually the reds in snooker.
  • (rugby) The team on the field.
  • Synonyms

    (full set of cards) deck

    Derived terms

    * blister pack * bowl pack * daypack * Duluth pack * eight-pack * expansion pack * fanny pack * froth pack * ice pack * jet pack/jetpack/jet-pack * pack animal * pack ice * pack journalism * pack mentality * pack rat * RAM pack * rocket pack * service pack * six-pack


    (en verb)
  • (label) To put or bring things together in a limited or confined space, especially for storage or transport.
  • # (label) 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.
  • #* (Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
  • strange materials packed up with wonderful art
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Wherethe bones / Of all my buried ancestors are packed .
  • # (label) 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.
  • #*{{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=5 , passage=By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed , and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.}}
  • # (label) To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings.
  • # (label) 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.
  • # (label) To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.
  • # (label) 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.
  • # (label) To gather in flocks or schools.
  • (label) To cheat, to arrange matters unfairly.
  • # To sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly.
  • #* (Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • Mighty dukes pack cards for half a crown.
  • # (label) To bring together or make up unfairly and fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result.
  • #* (Francis Atterbury) (1663-1732)
  • The expected council was dwindling intoa packed assembly of Italian bishops.
  • # (label) To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot.
  • #* (Thomas Fuller) (1606-1661)
  • He lost lifeupon a nice point subtilely devised and packed by his enemies.
  • # (label) To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion.
  • #* 1599 , (William Shakespeare), (Much Ado About Nothing) ,
  • This naughty man / Shall face to face be brought to Margaret, / Who, I believe, was pack'd in all this wrong, / Hired to it by your brother.
  • (label) To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • our thighs packed with wax, our mouths with honey
  • To move, send or carry.
  • # (label) To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings; especially, to send away peremptorily or suddenly; – sometimes with off. See pack off.
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Till George be packed with post horse up to heaven.
  • # To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or animals).
  • # (label) To depart in haste; – generally with off'' or ''away .
  • #* (Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
  • Poor Stella must pack off to town.
  • #* (1809-1892)
  • You shall pack , / And never more darken my doors again.
  • # To carry weapons, especially firearms, on one's person.
  • To block a shot, especially in basketball.
  • To wear a simulated penis inside one’s trousers for better verisimilitude.
  • Synonyms

    * stack


    * (make into a pack) unpack

    Derived terms

    * pack away * pack fudge * pack heat * pack horse * pack in * pack off * pack on * pack train * pack up * packer




    (en verb)
  • To collect; normally separate things.
  • I've been gathering ideas from the people I work with.
    She bent down to gather the reluctant cat from beneath the chair.
  • # Especially, to harvest food.
  • We went to gather some blackberries from the nearby lane.
  • # To accumulate over time, to amass little by little.
  • Over the years he'd gathered a considerable collection of mugs.
  • # To congregate, or assemble.
  • People gathered round as he began to tell his story.
  • #* Tennyson
  • Tears from the depth of some divine despair / Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes.
  • # To grow gradually larger by accretion.
  • #* Francis Bacon
  • Their snowball did not gather as it went.
  • To bring parts of a whole closer.
  • She gathered the shawl about her as she stepped into the cold.
  • # (sewing) To add pleats or folds to a piece of cloth, normally to reduce its width.
  • A gown should be gathered around the top so that it will remain shaped.
  • # (knitting) To bring stitches closer together.
  • Be careful not to stretch or gather your knitting.
  • If you want to emphasise the shape, it is possible to gather the waistline.
  • # (architecture) To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as for example where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue.
  • # (nautical) To haul in; to take up.
  • to gather the slack of a rope
  • To infer or conclude; to know from a different source.
  • From his silence, I gathered that things had not gone well.
    I gather from Aunty May that you had a good day at the match.
  • (intransitive, medicine, of a boil or sore) To be filled with pus
  • Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst.
  • (glassblowing) To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.
  • To gain; to win.
  • * Dryden
  • He gathers ground upon her in the chase.


    (en noun)
  • A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
  • The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
  • The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See gather (transitive verb).
  • (glassblowing) A blob of molten glass collected on the end of a blowpipe.
  • Derived terms

    * gathering iron