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packing

[pak-ing] /ˈpæk ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or work of a person or thing that packs.
2.
the preparation and packaging of foodstuffs, especially to be sold at wholesale.
3.
the way in which something is packed.
4.
an act or instance of transporting supplies, goods, etc., on the backs of horses, mules, or persons.
5.
material used to cushion or protect goods packed in a container.
6.
material, often in the form of a grease-impregnated fibrous ring, compressed inside a stuffing box or the like to prevent leakage around the moving shaft of an engine, pump, or valve.
7.
Printing. rubber, paper, or other material fastened to the tympan or cylinder of a press to provide pressure to produce a printed impression.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English pakking (gerund). See pack1, -ing1
Related forms
underpacking, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for underpacking

packing

/ˈpækɪŋ/
noun
1.
  1. material used to cushion packed goods
  2. (as modifier): a packing needle
2.
the packaging of foodstuffs
3.
(med)
  1. the application of a medical pack
  2. gauze or other absorbent material for packing a wound
4.
(printing) sheets of material, esp paper, used to cover the platen or impression cylinder of a letterpress machine
5.
any substance or material used to make watertight or gastight joints, esp in a stuffing box
6.
(engineering) pieces of material of various thicknesses used to adjust the position of a component or machine before it is secured in its correct position or alignment
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underpacking in Medicine

packing n.

  1. The insertion of gauze or other material into a body cavity or wound for therapeutic purposes.

  2. The material so used; a pack.

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Slang definitions & phrases for underpacking

packing

modifier

Armed, esp with a pistol; carrying: The policeman was packed before he raided the building (packed 1980s+ Teenagers, packing 1990s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for underpacking

packing

in mathematics, a type of problem in combinatorial geometry that involves placement of figures of a given size or shape within another given figure-with greatest economy or subject to some other restriction. The problem of placement of a given number of spheres within a given volume of space is an example of a packing problem.

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