• WordNet 3.6
    • n packthread a strong three-ply twine used to sew or tie packages
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n packthread Strong thread or twine used for sewing up packages or bales, or for tying up parcels.
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In literature:

The cable was about as thick as packthread and the bars of the length and size of a knitting-needle.
"Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift
In building the nest, a long piece of packthread had been somewhat loosely woven in.
"My Garden Acquaintance" by James Russell Lowell
Perhaps the English will pacify the Russian CATIN for me; tie her, with packthreads, bribes and intrigues, from stirring?
"History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVII. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--The Seven-Years War: First Campaign--1756-1757." by Thomas Carlyle
You must know, I made a second excursion to these antient ruins, and measured the arena of the amphitheatre with packthread.
"Travels Through France and Italy" by Tobias Smollett
Like the piece of packthread in the barrister's hands, he turns and twists it all ways, and cannot proceed a step without it.
"Table-Talk" by William Hazlitt
The patron saint, thought I to myself, can make gold lace out of packthread.
"The Robbers A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
It is stitched round with packthread.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Then (having tied on the pieces with packthread) put them into strong salt and water for two days.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
Our sole mode of summoning our attendants is by a packthread bell-rope suspended in the sitting-room.
"Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation" by Frances Anne Kemble
Twigs are wattled between the pickets like ordinary basket-work, and fastened at the ends by withs or packthread.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck