packing

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From pack (partly from the verb, partly from the noun) + -ing.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

packing

  1. Present participle of pack.

Noun[edit]

packing (plural packings)

  1. The action of the verb.
    1. The action of putting things together, especially of putting clothes into a suitcase for a journey.
    2. (sciences, mathematics) The spatial arrangement of objects, items or constituent parts.
    3. The gathering of birds, animals etc. into a pack.
    4. (rugby) The forming of players into a scrum.
  2. As a concrete noun.
    1. Material used to fill in the space around something, especially to make a piston etc. watertight or airtight.
    2. Material used to wrap a product for sale etc.; packaging.
    3. A fee charged to cover the costs of packaging.
    4. Special material used to fill containers or vessels for certain chemically related applications.
  • Examples: Packing in a packed bed, or a column such as a distillation column or a chromatography column

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