- 1A paper or cardboard container, typically one in which goods are sold: a packet of crispsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [in singular] • informal , chiefly British A large sum of money: a hectic social life could cost a packetMore example sentences
a fortune, a considerable/vast/large sum of money, a king's ransom• informal a small fortune, millions, billions, lots/pots/heaps of money, a mint, a bundle, a wad, a pile, a stack, a heap, a tidy sum, a killing, a pretty penny, telephone numbers
- And, in keeping with Netgear's philosophy that technology shouldn't cost a packet, it comes at an affordable price, writes Dave Mitchell.
- It may cost a packet, but devolution should provide far greater powers of scrutiny to give ministers and civil service chiefs the chance to enact change more quickly.
- This training trip must have cost a packet, but all the Bolton lads not on international duty are over here in Spain for the week - even the young pros.
- 3 (also packet boat) • dated A ship travelling at regular intervals between two ports, originally for the conveyance of mail.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 piesMore example sentences
- 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.