• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Packing-needle a strong needle for sewing up packages
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Celt.; Gael. and Ir. pac, Bret. pak, a bundle; cf. Ger. pack, Dut. pak.


In literature:

So they gave their sister some needles and put her in a sack and put the sack on one of the pack-bullocks.
"Folklore of the Santal Parganas" by Cecil Henry Bompas
Next comes a pedlar, with all sorts of small wares in his pack, and Matt gets from him two needles.
"The Book of Noodles" by W. A. Clouston
The cable was about as thick as pack-thread, and the bars of the length and size of a knitting-needle.
"The Children's Hour, v 5. Stories From Seven Old Favorites" by Eva March Tappan
I scooped up an armful of the pine-needles, while he watched me lazily, and packed it over and between the roots of the pine-tree.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
Rachel began filling the huswife with needles, and John went on with his packing.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Dey toted big packs on dey backs filled wid everythin' from needles an' thimbles to bed spreads an' fryin' pans.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
He was sitting cross-legged on the grass, mending the hood of his cloak with a packing needle.
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
You wear, sir, an intent commercial air; have you thread and needles in your pack?
"Rosalind at Red Gate" by Meredith Nicholson
A rush of frosty needles came over the pack for several hours each day.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
Put plenty of packing on top, and with a darning needle and stout twine sew on a cover of stout cotton cloth.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 12, March 22, 1884" by Various

In news:

The sexiest booties rely on a needle-thin heel to pack a punch.