Definition of packet in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpakɪt


  • 1A paper or cardboard container, typically one in which goods are sold: a packet of crisps
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    • We were surprised to receive a bowl containing individual paper packets of sugar with our coffee.
    • A big pint mug came out of one, a packet of loose tea and a bag of sugar out of another.
    • No problem, said Jim as he reached for a big mixing bowl and a packet of flour.
    pack, carton, box, cardboard box, container, case, package, parcel, padded bag
    trademark Jiffy bag
  • 3 (also packet boat) dated A ship travelling at regular intervals between two ports, originally for the conveyance of mail.
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    • It was built to serve the mail packet boat from Milford Haven.
    • His shipboard view of a Dutch packet boat crossing the Channel conveys vividly both the exhilaration and the discomfort inherent in such a crossing.
    • Pittsford has a number of retail stores and restaurants that are built around an old lumber mill and it is the home of the Sam Patch, an excursion and charter boat that is a replica of an old canal packet boat.
  • 4 Computing A block of data transmitted across a network.
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    • Packet switching involves dividing messages into packets and individually transmitting them across the network to their destination.
    • But the method can also be used for other applications, as traffic control of data packets on a communication network.
    • Packet loss describes an error condition in which data packets appear to be transmitted correctly at one end of a connection, but never arrive at the other end.

verb (packets, packeting, packeted)

[with object] (often as adjective packeted) Back to top  
  • Wrap up in a packet: packeted fruit pies
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    • We spent afternoons picking wild strawberries and raspberries and wildflowers, which were carefully packeted up and sent home to cheer everyone up.
    • On Fridays the cashier used to come down into the room with a tray holding the wages all packeted up.


mid 16th century: diminutive of pack1, perhaps from Anglo-Norman French; compare with Anglo-Latin paccettum.

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