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Dictionary Definition

packet

Noun

1 a collection of things wrapped or boxed together [syn: package, bundle, parcel]
2 (computer science) a message or message fragment
3 a small package or bundle
4 a boat for carrying mail [syn: mailboat, mail boat, packet boat]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Either from etyl frm pacquet, or formed independently from pack + -et.

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈpakɪt/

Noun

  1. A small pack or package; a little bundle or parcel; as, a packet of letters, a packet of crisps, a packet of biscuits.
  2. 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 boat, ship, vessel.
  3. A small fragment of data as transmitted on some types of network, notably Ethernet networks.

Translations

small pack
vessel to convey mail
small fragment of data

Verb

  1. To make up into a packet or bundle.
  2. To send in a packet or dispatch vessel.
  3. To ply with a packet or dispatch boat.

Translations

(transitive) make into a packet
(transitive) send in a packet vessel
(intransitive) to ply with a packet or dispatch boat

References

German

Verb

packet
  1. Imperative plural of packen. Short form: packt

Swedish

Noun

packet
  1. see pack

Extensive Definition

Packet may refer to:
packet in Hebrew: Packet

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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