• The Sir John Franklin. American Transatlantic sailing-packet. 1840
    The Sir John Franklin. American Transatlantic sailing-packet. 1840
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n packet a boat for carrying mail
    • n packet a small package or bundle
    • n packet (computer science) a message or message fragment
    • n packet a collection of things wrapped or boxed together
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A one kilogram packet of sugar will have about 5 million grains of sugar
    • packet A small pack or package; a little bundle or parcel; as, a packet of letters.
    • packet 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 To make up into a packet or bundle.
    • v. i Packet To ply with a packet or dispatch boat.
    • Packet To send in a packet or dispatch vessel. "Her husband
      Was packeted to France."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n packet A small pack or package; a parcel; a mail of letters.
    • n packet A despatch-vessel; a ship or other vessel employed to convey letters from country to country or from port to port; a vessel employed in carrying mails, goods, and passengers at stated intervals; hence, a vessel starting on regular days, or at an appointed time. Also called packet-boat, packet-ship, packet-vessel.
    • n packet The panel of a packhorse.
    • n packet A pack (250 leaves) of leaf-metal.
    • packet To bind up in a package or parcel.
    • packet To despatch or send in a packet-vessel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Packet a small package: a ship or vessel employed in carrying packets of letters, passengers, &c.: a vessel plying regularly between one port and another (also Pack′et-boat, Pack′et-ship, &c.)
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  • Shirley Williams
    Shirley Williams
    “No test tube can breed love and affection. No frozen packet of semen ever read a story to a sleepy child.”
  • Katharine Whitehorn
    Katharine Whitehorn
    “There are some circles in America where it seems to be more socially acceptable to carry a hand-gun than a packet of cigarettes.”
  • Rex Steven Sikes
    Rex Steven Sikes
    “What stops people in their tracks is a small mental packet of energy. It is called a thought. They think I can't.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. paquet, dim. fr. LL. paccus, from the same source as E. pack,. See Pack
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Celt.; Gael. and Ir. pac, Bret. pak, a bundle; cf. Ger. pack, Dut. pak.


In literature:

The packet returns so speedily that it is next to impossible to answer letters the same day.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez, Vol. I" by Sir John Ross
Then he felt in the linings, and in fact in all places where the packet might have become concealed.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
It was no place for the packet he had taken from Jose Quintana.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Our one aim in treating wounds is to keep out germs, and we accomplish this by means of the first aid packet.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
About a century since Lord Byron was at Falmouth, waiting a favourable wind that would enable the sailing of the Lisbon packet.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
Grant stretched out his hand and took the packet, then laid it upon the table with the address downwards.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
In my room I opened the packet with nervous haste.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
He is now with me, and by him I send this with a packet of letters.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I" by Various
I received, the 12th of April, a packet of newspapers, which I believe was from your office.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
Then I thought of the packet he had been to fetch from the post-office.
"Major Frank" by A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint

In poetry:

Then Walter took from next his heart
A packet small and thin,
'Now give you this to the Princess Anne,
The Singing Leaves are therein.'
"The Singing Leaves" by James Russell Lowell
'Tis a call to the strong and the rugged
As they plough through the snow in brakes
Searching for gold-dust and brick-dust
And packets of Motza cakes.
"Call Of The Yukon" by Billy Bennett
Yankee packet's down the river -- Blow, my bully boys, blow; Fifteen hundred bales to give her --
Blow, my bully boys, blow. Wey-hey-ho! Wey-hey-ho!
Fill her up and let her go --
Blow, blow, my bully boys, blow!
"Yankee Packet " by Edwin James Brady
YANKEE packet's down the water --
Blow, my bully boys, blow;
Third mate loved the skipper's daughter -- Blow, my bully boys, blow.
Fill her up and let her go --
Wey-hey-ho! Wey-hey-ho! Blow, blow, my bully boys, blow!
"Yankee Packet " by Edwin James Brady
How'd you know 'twas a Yankee packet?
Blow, my bully boys, blow;
Know'd her by the awful racket --
Blow, my bully boys, blow.
Wey-hey-ho, the cook was jealous, Spiled the soup and bust his bellus --
Blow, my bully boys, blow!
"Yankee Packet " by Edwin James Brady
Did you say there are no clippers? Did you say them days is done?
Days of packet rats an' packets, an' stars an' moon an' sun?
O' lights upon the water, a-shinin' on the sea?
My God, but I'm a packet rat!
What will become of me?
"I've Been Dreamin'" by Bill Adams

In news:

If you think a child has been exposed to a detergent packet, call poison control at 800-222-1222 immediately.
Mix in a packet of Splenda and sprinkle with cinnamon.
The heroin, which had been divided into 20 individual packets called "bindles," were stamped with "Overdose", the distributor 's logo, according to the release.
Some let the ketchup packets pile up, while it batteries and hardware for others.
According to Declan McCullagh of CNET, the ITU has voted to adopted a standard for deep packet inspection, otherwise known as DPI, paving the way for unfettered surveillance of information transmitted over the Internet.
Complete system for packaging edible , water soluble food packets.
Wendell Samson, the school's Jostens representative, pumped up the seniors by distributing information packets on ordering their senior items.
New pink packets of a saccharin-based version of Equal this year will go head-to-head with Sweet'N Low, years past its patent.
Wedbush cites Acme Packet, NetScout, BroadSoft and F5.
The packets contain heroin ready for street sale.
The Boilermaker Expo is where all of the runners pick up their race packets.
480 heroin packets, Ruger handgun seized in Egg Harbor Township search.
Pitch the condiment packets after six months.
People who already are entered in the Turkey Trot are invited to ride the bus as well, and the Flamingos can pick up their race packet Wednesday in order to save them time.
T he Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents to be careful with those little single-load liquid laundry packets.

In science:

Then ps and xs characterize the wave packet, and since the waves in the packet describe pions, it is natural to put ms = mπ .
Inferences from Bose-Einstein correlations in multiple particle production processes
It is thus esirable for the receiver to be able to approximately reconstruct the information sent to him from whatever packets he receives, despite the loss of some packets.
Frame expansions with erasures: an approach through the non-commutative operator theory
These coefficients are sent over the network in m packets, each in its own packet.
Frame expansions with erasures: an approach through the non-commutative operator theory
Here, we can assume that the processors have enough local memory to store a copy of all the packets they have seen so far and that they choose the packet to send according to any strategy or algorithm.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
Take a packet pi such that i ∈ P′ (a0 ) and mark the packet.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks