Definition of packing in English:


Line breaks: pack|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈpakɪŋ


[mass noun]
  • 1The action or process of packing something: she finished her packing
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    • People were of course prepared to some degree, those whose homes flooded annually were well into the process of packing and moving.
    • She was in the process of packing but she had left a box of clothes that she had planned to give away open in the middle of the room.
    • She finished her hasty packing and zipped up the bag.
  • 1.1A charge made when delivering goods to cover the cost of packing them: £2 (plus 50p postage and packing)
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    • Weighing in at 580 tonnes the postage and packing is going to cost a few bob.
    • You can download this software for £24.95, or get it on CD for an extra £4.99 to cover postage and packing.
    • Remember also that you may be charged for postage and packing, which for small, lighter items should be minimal.
  • 1.2Material used to protect fragile goods in transit: polystyrene packing
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    • The company specialised in the manufacture of corrugated and protective packing.
    • With early farmers came seeds, some imported intentionally but others carried over unwittingly in animal fodder and packing.
    • I must find a source of fibre or some inert packing.
  • 1.3Material used to seal a join or assist in lubricating an axle.
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    • Packing for lubricating purposes comprising a mixture of wool and horsehair spun together is made into pad form by banding a length of the yarn in zig-zag form and then bending the sheet so formed into zigzag form until a pad of the required dimensions is obtained.
    • This packing is self lubricating, mechanically strong and widely used in chemicals, petrochemicals, power plants, paper, pulp and food industries.

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