packing

Definitions

  • PACKING WOOD
    PACKING WOOD
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n packing carrying something in a pack on the back "the backpacking of oxygen is essential for astronauts"
    • n packing the enclosure of something in a package or box
    • n packing any material used especially to protect something
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Packing of The Linen and Its Removal to The White Storehouse the Packing of The Linen and Its Removal to The White Storehouse
Pursued by a Pack of Ravenous Wolves 271 Pursued by a Pack of Ravenous Wolves 271
"I would not send 'em Bibles and whiskey packed in one wagon." "I would not send 'em Bibles and whiskey packed in one wagon."
Dick packed up his few things, and set out very early Dick packed up his few things, and set out very early
The Bear in the Ice Pack The Bear in the Ice Pack
American Museum Expedition on the Red Deer River. Fossils secured along the banks were packed and loaded aboard the large scow and floated down the river to the railway station American Museum Expedition on the Red Deer River. Fossils secured along the banks were packed and loaded aboard the...
"Before the hour the hall was packed." "Before the hour the hall was packed."
MR. BONAR LAW PACKS HIS TRUNKS MR. BONAR LAW PACKS HIS TRUNKS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1961, Italian artist Piero Manzoni packed his feces in cans, signed and mounted them, and then sold them as art
    • Packing (Mach) A thin layer, or sheet, of yielding or elastic material inserted between the surfaces of a flange joint.
    • Packing A trick; collusion.
    • Packing (Mach) A yielding ring, as of metal, which surrounds a piston and maintains a tight fit, as inside a cylinder, etc.
    • Packing Any material used to pack, fill up, or make close.
    • Packing (Masonry) Same as Filling.
    • Packing The act or process of one who packs.
    • Packing (Mach) The substance in a stuffing box, through which a piston rod slides.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: President Lyndon Johnson used to smoke three packs of cigarettes a day
    • n packing Any material used for filling an empty space, closing a joint, and the like; stuffing, as the filling of a piston or a well-tube.
    • n packing In printing, the fabric used on printing-presses between the iron platen or cylinder and the sheet to be printed. A soft packing is a blanket of wool or rubber cloth, which equalizes the impression. A hard packing is made of glazed millboard or of smooth hard paper, which prevents indentation.
    • n packing In masonry, small stones embedded in mortar, employed to fill up the vacant spaces in the middle of walls; rubble.
    • n packing The act of bringing together or manipulating to serve one's own purposes. See pack, transitive verb, 8.
    • n packing A system of packing in which metal is used, as metallic rings for piston-packing. Such rings are either so cast as to be elastic, or they are divided into segments and fitted with springs to press them against the interior of the cylinder so as to form a steam-tight contact.
    • n packing Tubes of lead or other soft metal filled with some vegetable material, such as hemp or cotton. The ends of the tubes are either forced or soldered together.
    • n packing Collusion; trickery; cheating.
    • n packing In halma, the stage of the game in which the player gets his men in order on the side of the board farthest from him.
    • n packing In shipbuilding, the pieces of wood used to fill up the space between the bilgeways and the bottom of the ship. A large number of long wooden wedges are placed transversely between the packing and bilgeways, and the weight of the vessel is transferred from the building-blocks to the packing before launching the vessel by driving in the wedges.
    • n packing In telephony, the crowding together or caking of the particles of carbon in a microphonic transmitter, whereby the sensitiveness of the instrument is impaired.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The U.S. army packs Tabasco pepper sauce in every ration kit that they give to soldiers
    • Packing the act of putting into packs or of tying up for carriage: material for packing: anything used to fill an empty space, or to make a joint close, as the elastic ring round a moving rod or piston to make it a tight fit
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Quotations

  • Thomas B. Macaulay
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    “He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.”
  • John Fuqua
    John Fuqua
    “Unless you have some goals, I don't think there's any way to get above the pack. My vision was always well beyond what I had any reason to expect.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.”
  • Farouk I
    Farouk I
    “In a few years there will be only five kings in the world -- the King of England and the four kings in a pack of cards.”
  • Wayne Lukas
    Wayne Lukas
    “The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.”

Idioms

Ahead of the pack - If you are ahead of the pack, you have made more progress than your rivals.
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Packed like sardines - If a place is extremely crowded, people are packed like sardines, or packed in like sardines.
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Send someone packing - If you send someone packing, you send them away, normally when they want something from you.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Celt.; Gael. and Ir. pac, Bret. pak, a bundle; cf. Ger. pack, Dut. pak.

Usage

In literature:

Blankets are rolled and strapped; the pack-ponies groan and try to roll their packs off.
"Tenting To-night" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
The sudden attack of Elliot had opened the pack.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
There were extra gill-packs, and all of the settlers were good swimmers.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
Crucible steel can be annealed either in muffled furnace or by being packed.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
I wasn't good enuf fur yer ole tan-yard pack.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Although seventy-five pounds was the order, all the boys resorted to some fine packing.
"The Delta of the Triple Elevens" by William Elmer Bachman
Two large leather bags, packed but still open, stood at the side of the bed.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
The cabins of the boats were packed as one packs a trunk.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
Pedro was an Italian peddler, carrying two large packs.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
Put a little olive oil on before and after such a packing.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
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In poetry:

Some paragon with but one head
And no more brains than is allowed;
And between his legs, where once was love,
Monsters to pack the future with.
"War Resisters' Song" by Thomas McGrath
She danced, she skipped, she kissed ``good—bye,''
She frolicked round and round:
The pair resumed their packs, and I
Sate rooted to the ground.
"At San Giovanni Del Lago" by Alfred Austin
From everything a little remained.
From the bombed-out bridge,
from the two blades of grass,
from the empty pack
of cigarettes a little remained.
"Residue" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
The afternoon's wander to windward,
To meet the dear boy coming back;
And to catch, down the turns of the valley,
The last weary chime of the pack.
"The Delectable Day" by Charles Kingsley
The sea is black as night; it roars
From lips afoam with cruel spray,
Like some fierce, many-throated pack
Of wolves, which scents and chases prey.
"Outward Bound" by Susan Coolidge
One of the dismal prophet-pack, it seems,
That hunt the trail of blood. But here at fault--
This is no den of slaughter, but the house
Of Agamemnon.
"The Vision Of Cassandra" by Aeschylus

In news:

Coach Don Hay sticks to Wes or Vandy, as Vannieuwenhuizen packs a punch on WHL team's blue line.
An ex-lover of Bronx state Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera said that after he dumped her, she made his life a living hell — and finally had him booted as head of her crony-packed.
Alessandro Trovati/Associated Press A fan dressed up as a devil runs ahead of the pack during today's sixth stage of the Tour of Italy, which started the day in Bressanone to and ended in Mayrhofen Im Zillertal, Austria.
In the time since the release of their album Bring on the Comets in 2007, the two core members of VHS or Beta packed up and moved from Louisville, Kentucky to Brooklyn, New York.
Mercedes' bantam C250 still packs a road thrill.
Many of the worst attacks were perpetrated by suicide bombers, often driving vehicles packed with explosives.
First lady Michelle Obama steps out to the loud applause Friday before she speaking to supporters in a packed Memorial Hall in Racine.
One good reason is the fact that bathing suits and Kimbers generally don't mix without gun packs.
This is because any proper comparison between two plans has to be done against the same baseline — and as soon as you say the word " baseline ," you might as well just pack up your bags and go home.
This is because any proper comparison between two plans has to be done against the same baseline — and as soon as you say the word "baseline," you might as well just pack up your bags and go home.
After going undefeated in the Senior Legion State Tournament in Selah, the team packed it up and went to Billings, Mont.
Not only is The Poor Bastard 's SF Almanac a calendar, but it is also is packed with supervisoral district maps, last-BART-of-the-night times, guides to where to find fair trade coffee, free museum and zoo visits, eight (.
With fewer flights and more people traveling this Thanksgiving holiday, expect planes to be packed.
Columbus Avenue was packed on Saturday for the 10th annual Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.
Eddie Bauer packs up - again.
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In science:

While the polydisperse method has huge advantage in the calculation cost, the method is restricted up to the packing fraction φfinal /φSC = 1.214 for the fastest packing speed x = 0.99.
Heat Transport in a Random Packing of Hard Spheres
The packings obtained by the monodisperse and the polydisperse packing method show the same properties analyzed below.
Heat Transport in a Random Packing of Hard Spheres
Figure 11 shows the packing fraction dependence of thermal conductivity both for random packing and FCC.
Heat Transport in a Random Packing of Hard Spheres
In the range φ/φSC > 1.15, thermal conductivities of the random packing and FCC shows diverging behavior around distinct packing fractions of RCP and the closest packing, respectively.
Heat Transport in a Random Packing of Hard Spheres
FIG. 11: Thermal conductivities of the random packing (RP) and FCC with N = 6000 against the packing fraction.
Heat Transport in a Random Packing of Hard Spheres
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