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PA-CIF-IC-A'TION, n. [L. pacificatio. See Pacify.]

  1. The act of making peace between nations or parties at variance. – Bacon. South.
  2. The act of appeasing or pacifying wrath. – Hooker.

PA-CIF'IC-A-TOR, n. [L.]

A peace-maker; one that restores amity between contending parties or nations. – Bacon.


Tending to make peace; conciliatory. – Barrow.

PAC'I-FI-ED, pp.

Appeased; tranquilized.


One who pacifies.

PAC'I-FY, v.t. [Fr. pacifier; Sp. pacificar; It. pacificare; L. pacifico; pax, pacis, peace, and facio, to make.]

  1. To appease, as wrath or other violent passion or appetite; to calm; to still; to quiet; to allay agitation or excitement; as, to pacify a man when angry, or to pacify his wrath or rage; the word being applied both to the person, and to the passion. So we say, to pacify hunger, to pacify importunate demands.
  2. To restore peace to; to tranquilize; as, to pacify countries in contention. – Bacon.

PAC'I-FY-ING, ppr.

Appeasing; tranquilizing.

PAC'ING, ppr.

Measuring by steps.

PACK, n. [D. pak; G. and Sw. pack. See the Verb.]

  1. A bundle of any thing inclosed in a cover or bound fast with cords; a bale; as, a pack of goods or cloth. The soldier bears a pack on his back.
  2. A burden or load; as, a pack of sorrows. – Shak.
  3. A number of cards, or the number used in games; so called from being inclosed together. – Addison.
  4. A number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together, that is, a crowd or assemblage united. – Dryden.
  5. A number of persons united in a bad design or practice; as, a pack of thieves or knaves. – Swift.
  6. A great number crowded together; as, a pack of troubles. [Not used.] – Ainsworth.
  7. A loose or lewd person. [Sax. pæcan, to deceive.] [Not used.] – Skelton.

PACK, v.i.

  1. To be pressed or close; as, the goods pack well.
  2. To close; to shut. – Cleaveland.
  3. To depart in haste; with off. Poor Stella must pack off to town. – Swift.
  4. To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion. Go, pack with him. – Shak.

PACK, v.t. [D. pakken; G. packen; Sw. packa; L. pango, pactum, pactus; impingo, compingo; Gr. πηγνυω, παχυς, πηγος; Dan. pagt, a covenant, a farm; hence dispatch, to send away. The sense is to send, to drive, whence to press, to make compact. Hence we say, to pack off, Sw. packa, that is, to depart with speed; Ar. 9بَك bakka, to be compressed, to press, Ch. אבק. Class Bg, No. 18. See also No. 33, 66, 32.]

  1. To place and press together; to place in close order; as, to pack goods in a box or chest.
  2. To put together and bind fast; as, to pack any thing for carriage with cords or straps.
  3. To put in close order with salt intermixed; as, to pack meat or fish in barrels.
  4. To send in haste. – Shak.
  5. To put together, as cards, in such a manner as to secure the game; to put together in sorts with a fraudulent design, as cards; hence, to unite persons iniquitously, with a view to some private interest; as, to pack a jury, that is, to select persons for a jury who may favor a party; to pack a parliament; to pack an assembly of bishops. – Pope. Butler. Atterbury.


  1. A bundle or bale; a quantity pressed or bound together; as, a package of cloth.
  2. A charge made for packing goods.


A cloth for packing goods, or in which they are tied.

PACK'ED, pp.

Put together and pressed; tied or bound in a bundle; put down and salted, as meat; sent off; united iniquitously.


One that packs; an officer appointed to pack meat, as beef, pork, fish, &c. – Stat. of Conn.

PACK'ET, n. [Fr. paquet; Sp. and Port. paquete; from pack.]

  1. A small pack or package; a little bundle or parcel; as, a packet of letters. – Bacon.
  2. A dispatch-vessel; a ship or other vessel employed by government to convey letters from country to country or from port to port. [Originally, packet-boat, Sp. paque-bote, Fr. paquebot.]
  3. A vessel employed in conveying dispatches and passengers from place to place, or to carry passengers and goods coastwise. – United States.

PACK'ET, v.i.

To ply with a packet or dispatch-vessel. – United States.



A ship that sails regularly between distant countries for the conveyance of dispatches, letters, passengers, &c.


The Chinese name of the alloy called white copper or German silver. – Ure.


  1. A horse employed in carrying packs or goods and baggage. – Locke.
  2. A beast of burden.


A trick; collusion. – Bale.

PACK'ING, ppr.

Laying together in close order; binding in a bundle; putting in barrels with salt, &c.; uniting, as men for a fraudulent purpose.


A peddler.


A saddle on which packs or burdens are laid for conveyance.