Sack n. A name formerly given to various dry Spanish wines. “Sherris sack.”
Sack posset, a posset made of sack, and some other ingredients.
1. A bag for holding and carrying goods of any kind; a receptacle made of some kind of pliable material, as cloth, leather, and the like; a large pouch.
2. A measure of varying capacity, according to local usage and the substance. The American sack of salt is 215 pounds; the sack of wheat, two bushels.
3. Originally, a loosely hanging garment for women, worn like a cloak about the shoulders, and serving as a decorative appendage to the gown; now, an outer garment with sleeves, worn by women; as, a dressing sack. [Written also sacque.]
4. A sack coat; a kind of coat worn by men, and extending from top to bottom without a cross seam.
5. Biol. See 2d Sac, 2.
Sack bearer Zool.. See Basket worm, under Basket.
Sack tree Bot., an East Indian tree (Antiaris saccidora) which is cut into lengths, and made into sacks by turning the bark inside out, and leaving a slice of the wood for a bottom.
To give the sack to or get the sack, to discharge, or be discharged, from employment; to jilt, or be jilted. [Slang]
To hit the sack, to go to bed. [Slang]
Sack, v. t.
1. To put in a sack; to bag; as, to sack corn.
Bolsters sacked in cloth, blue and crimson. --L. Wallace.
2. To bear or carry in a sack upon the back or the shoulders. [Colloq.]
Sack, n. The pillage or plunder, as of a town or city; the storm and plunder of a town; devastation; ravage.
The town was stormed, and delivered up to sack, -- by which phrase is to be understood the perpetration of all those outrages which the ruthless code of war allowed, in that age, on the persons and property of the defenseless inhabitants, without regard to sex or age. --Prescott.
Sack, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sacked p. pr. & vb. n. Sacking.] To plunder or pillage, as a town or city; to devastate; to ravage.
The Romans lay under the apprehensions of seeing their city sacked by a barbarous enemy. --Addison.
n 1: a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's
purchases [syn: poke, paper bag, carrier bag]
2: an enclosed space; "the trapped miners found a pocket of
air" [syn: pouch, sac, pocket]
3: the quantity contained in a sack [syn: sackful]
4: any of various light dry strong white wine from Spain and
Canary Islands (including sherry)
5: a woman's full loose hiplength jacket [syn: sacque]
6: a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended
between two trees); swing easily [syn: hammock]
7: a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders
without a waist [syn: chemise, shift]
8: the plundering of a place by an army or mob; usually
involves destruction and slaughter; "the sack of Rome"
9: the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free
to depart) [syn: dismissal, dismission, discharge, firing,
liberation, release, sacking]
v 1: plunder (a town) after capture; "the barbarians sacked Rome"
2: terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary
today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers" [syn:
fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send
away, force out, give the sack, terminate] [ant: hire]
3: make as a net profit; "The company cleared $1 million" [syn:
net, sack up, clear]
4: put in a sack; "The grocer sacked the onions"