packet

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Either from Middle French pacquet, or formed independently from pack + -et.

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Noun[edit]

packet (plural packets)

  1. A small pack or package; a little bundle or parcel; as, a packet of letters, a packet of crisps, a packet of biscuits.
  2. (nautical) Originally, a vessel employed by government to convey dispatches or mails; hence, a vessel employed in conveying dispatches, mails, passengers, and goods, and having fixed days of sailing; a mail boat. Packet boat, ship, vessel (Wikipedia).
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price[1]:
      With just the turn of a shoulder she indicated the water front, where, at the end of the dock on which they stood, lay the good ship, Mount Vernon, river packet, the black smoke already pouring from her stacks.
  3. (botany) A specimen envelope containing small, dried plants or containing parts of plants when attached to a larger sheet.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page vii
      With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get []
  4. (networking) A small fragment of data as transmitted on some types of network, notably Ethernet networks (Wikipedia).
  5. (South Africa) A plastic bag ([2]).

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packet (third-person singular simple present packets, present participle packeting, simple past and past participle packeted)

  1. (transitive) To make up into a packet or bundle.
  2. (transitive) To send in a packet or dispatch vessel.
    • Ford
      Her husband was packeted to France.
  3. (intransitive) To ply with a packet or dispatch boat.

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German[edit]

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packet

  1. Imperative plural of packen

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packet m (plural packets)

  1. (networking) packet (small fragment of data)

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packet

  1. definite singular of pack