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packet

[pak-it] /ˈpæk ɪt/
noun
1.
a small group or package of anything:
a packet of letters.
2.
Also called packet boat, packet ship. a small vessel that carries mail, passengers, and goods regularly on a fixed route, especially on rivers or along coasts.
3.
Cards. a part of a pack of cards after being cut.
4.
Informal. a large amount of money.
5.
British Slang.
  1. a painful blow or beating.
  2. misfortune or failure.
verb (used with object)
6.
to bind up in a package or parcel.
Origin of packet
1520-1530
1520-30; < Middle French pacquet, equivalent to pacqu(er) to pack1 + -et -et
Synonyms
1. See package.
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  • For answer Thad drew forth the packet, and held it out to the officer.

  • She thrust the packet into a side pocket and started to the garage with the coat.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • He had inclosed the packet in a clean wrapper, but now, a thought striking him, he took it out again.

    Helmet of Navarre Bertha Runkle
  • You see me in the plight in which I came out of the packet within this half-hour.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • In a few days the packet received her cargo, consisting chiefly of tobacco and molasses.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
British Dictionary definitions for packet

packet

/ˈpækɪt/
noun
1.
a small or medium-sized container of cardboard, paper, etc, often together with its contents: a packet of biscuits Usual US and Canadian word package, pack
2.
a small package; parcel
3.
Also called packet boat. a boat that transports mail, passengers, goods, etc, on a fixed short route
4.
(slang) a large sum of money: to cost a packet
5.
(computing) a unit into which a larger piece of data is broken down for more efficient transmission See also packet switching
verb
6.
(transitive) to wrap up in a packet or as a packet
Word Origin
C16: from Old French pacquet, from pacquer to pack, from Old Dutch pak a pack
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Word Origin and History for packet
n.

mid-15c., from Middle English pak "bundle" (see pack (n.)) + diminutive suffix -et; perhaps modeled on Anglo-French pacquet (Middle French pacquet), which ultimately is a diminutive of Middle Dutch pak. A packet boat (1640s) originally was one that carried mails. Packet-switching attested from 1971.

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packet in Technology


The unit of data sent across a network. "Packet" is a generic term used to describe a unit of data at any layer of the OSI protocol stack, but it is most correctly used to describe application layer data units ("application protocol data unit", APDU).
See also datagram, frame.
(1994-11-30)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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