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pack·et

 (păk′ĭt)
n.
1. A small pouch, often consisting of two plastic or foil sheets sealed at the edges, used to distribute single portions of products in the form of liquids, powders, or small pieces: a ketchup packet.
2. A small package or bundle: sent me a packet of newspaper clippings.
3. Informal A sizable sum of money.
4. A boat or ship, usually a coastal or river steamer, that plies a regular route and carries passengers, freight, and mail.
5. A short block of data transmitted in a packet-switching network.

[Middle English paket, pekette, small package, bundle, probably diminutive of pak, pack; see pack1.]

packet

(ˈpækɪt)
n
1. (Commerce) a small or medium-sized container of cardboard, paper, etc, often together with its contents: a packet of biscuits. Usual US and Canadian word: package or pack
2. a small package; parcel
3. (Nautical Terms) Also called: packet boat a boat that transports mail, passengers, goods, etc, on a fixed short route
4. slang a large sum of money: to cost a packet.
5. (Computer Science) computing a unit into which a larger piece of data is broken down for more efficient transmission. See also packet switching
vb
(tr) to wrap up in a packet or as a packet
[C16: from Old French pacquet, from pacquer to pack, from Old Dutch pak a pack]

pack•et

(ˈpæk ɪt)

n.
1. a small package or parcel of anything: a packet of letters.
2. a small vessel that carries mail, passengers, and goods regularly on a fixed route.
3. Informal. a large amount of money.
4. Computers. a short segment of data transmitted as a unit over a network.
v.t.
5. to bind up in a package or parcel.
[1520–30; < Middle French pacquet=pacqu(er) to pack1 + -et -et]

Packet

 a small pack, package, or parcel; a small collection, set, or lot—Wilkes.
Examples: packet of friends, 1766; of letters, 1530; of lies; of miracles, 1613; of photographs, 1871; of plants, 1803; of rumour, 1828.

parcel

packagepacket
1. 'parcel' and 'package'

A parcel or package is an object or group of objects wrapped in paper, that can be carried somewhere or sent by post. The two words have almost exactly the same meaning in British English, but a parcel usually has a more regular shape than a package.

Charities sent parcels of food and clothes to the refugees.
I am taking this package to the post office.

In American English, package is usually used rather than 'parcel'.

2. 'packet'

In British English, a packet is a small container in which a quantity of something is sold. Packets are either small boxes made of thin cardboard, or bags or envelopes made of paper or plastic.

There was an empty cereal packet on the table.
Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.

In American English, a container like this is usually called a package or pack.

A packet of or a package of something can refer either to the container and its contents, or to the contents only.

The shelf was stacked with packages of rice and dried peas.
He ate a whole a packet of biscuits.

packet


Past participle: packetted
Gerund: packetting

Imperative
packet
packet
Present
I packet
you packet
he/she/it packets
we packet
you packet
they packet
Preterite
I packetted
you packetted
he/she/it packetted
we packetted
you packetted
they packetted
Present Continuous
I am packetting
you are packetting
he/she/it is packetting
we are packetting
you are packetting
they are packetting
Present Perfect
I have packetted
you have packetted
he/she/it has packetted
we have packetted
you have packetted
they have packetted
Past Continuous
I was packetting
you were packetting
he/she/it was packetting
we were packetting
you were packetting
they were packetting
Past Perfect
I had packetted
you had packetted
he/she/it had packetted
we had packetted
you had packetted
they had packetted
Future
I will packet
you will packet
he/she/it will packet
we will packet
you will packet
they will packet
Future Perfect
I will have packetted
you will have packetted
he/she/it will have packetted
we will have packetted
you will have packetted
they will have packetted
Future Continuous
I will be packetting
you will be packetting
he/she/it will be packetting
we will be packetting
you will be packetting
they will be packetting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been packetting
you have been packetting
he/she/it has been packetting
we have been packetting
you have been packetting
they have been packetting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been packetting
you will have been packetting
he/she/it will have been packetting
we will have been packetting
you will have been packetting
they will have been packetting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been packetting
you had been packetting
he/she/it had been packetting
we had been packetting
you had been packetting
they had been packetting
Conditional
I would packet
you would packet
he/she/it would packet
we would packet
you would packet
they would packet
Past Conditional
I would have packetted
you would have packetted
he/she/it would have packetted
we would have packetted
you would have packetted
they would have packetted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.packet - a collection of things wrapped or boxed togetherpacket - a collection of things wrapped or boxed together
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
wisp - a small bundle of straw or hay
2.packet - (computer science) a message or message fragment
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
message - a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled; "he sent a three-word message"
3.packet - a small package or bundle
deck - street name for a packet of illegal drugs
parcel, package - a wrapped container
4.packet - a boat for carrying mailpacket - a boat for carrying mail    
boat - a small vessel for travel on water

packet

noun
1. container, box, package, wrapping, poke (dialect), carton, wrapper He wrote the number on the back of a cigarette packet.
2. package, parcel the cost of sending letters and packets abroad
3. (Slang) a fortune, lot(s), pot(s) (informal), a bomb (Brit. slang), a pile (informal), big money, a bundle (slang), big bucks (informal, chiefly U.S.), a small fortune, top dollar (informal), a mint, a wad (U.S. & Canad. slang), megabucks (U.S. & Canad. slang), an arm and a leg (informal), a bob or two (Brit. informal), a tidy sum (informal), a king's ransom (informal), a pretty penny (informal) You could save yourself a packet.
Translations
حُزْمَه، عُلْبَهرُزْمَةٌ
balíčekkrabice
pakkeæske
paketti
omot
kis csomag
pakki
小さな包み
작은 꾸러미
sainītis
škatlazavojzavojček
paket
ห่อของเล็กๆ
gói nhỏ

packet

[ˈpækɪt]
A. N
1. (= carton) → cajita f; [of cigarettes] → cajetilla f; [of seeds, needles] → sobre m; [of crisps etc] → bolsa f; (= small parcel) → paquete m
2. (fig) a new packet of proposalsun paquete de nuevas propuestas
a whole packet of troublela mar de disgustos
3. (Brit) (= large sum) → dineral m
to make a packetganar un dineral or una fortuna
that must have cost a packeteso habrá costado un dineral
4. (Naut) (also packet boat) → paquebote m
B. CPD packet switching N (Comput) → conmutación f de paquetes

packet

[ˈpækɪt] n
[cigarettes, seeds, biscuits, crisps, tea, sweets] → paquet m
a packet of cigarettes → un paquet de cigarettes
(= parcel) [photographs, letters] → paquet m
(British) (= fortune) a packet → un bon paquet
to cost a packet → coûter un bon paquet
to make a packet → se faire un paquet d'argentpacket switching n (COMPUTING)commutation f de paquetspack horse ncheval m de sommepack ice nbanquise f

packet

n
(esp Brit) → Paket nt; (of cigarettes)Päckchen nt, → Schachtel f, → Packung f; (= small box)Schachtel f
(Naut) → Paketboot nt
(Brit inf: = lot of money) to make a packetein Schweinegeld verdienen (inf); that must have cost a packetdas muss ein Heidengeld gekostet haben (inf)

packet

:
packet boat
nPaketboot nt
packet soup
n (esp Brit) → Tütensuppe f
packet switching
n (Telec, Comput) → Paketvermittlung f

packet

[ˈpækɪt] n (gen) → pacchetto; (of sweets, crisps) → sacchetto; (of needles, seeds) → bustina
to make a packet (fam) → fare un mucchio or un sacco di soldi
that must have cost a packet (fam) → dev'essere costato un sacco di soldi

packet

(ˈpӕkit) noun
a small often flat, usually paper or cardboard container, especially one in which food is sold or in which small objects are sent through the post. a packet of biscuits.

packet

رُزْمَةٌ balíček pakke Päckchen πακέτο paquete paketti paquet omot pacchetto 小さな包み 작은 꾸러미 pakje pakke pakiet pacote упаковка продаваемого товара paket ห่อของเล็กๆ paket gói nhỏ 小包

packet

n. paquete, envoltura, envase.
References in classic literature ?
Enough now to show you an old map I found, or, rather, a copy of it, and some of the papers that tell of the idol," and he spread out his packet of papers on the table in front of him, his eyes shining with excitement and pleasure.
I don't think much of her, whosoever she is," said Christie, tossing the intact packet back into the corner.
I could write to my man and enclose the key; he could send down the packet as he finds it.
Much was I disappointed upon learning that the little packet for Nantucket had already sailed, and that no way of reaching that place would offer, till the following Monday.
Smyth, "that there have been men down, warning all the packet captains against a man and woman, with a little boy.
During eight years she served three parts of the year on that boat, and the winters on a Vicksburg packet.
and the packet landed exactly as it was intended, on the corn husk mat in front of the screen door.
An' th' woman in th' shop threw in a packet o' white poppy an' one o' blue larkspur when I bought th' other seeds.
The first thing she took out, on opening it, was a lock of Frank's hair, tied with a morsel of silver thread; the next was a sh eet of paper containing the extracts which she ha d copied from her father's will and her father's letter; the last was a closely-folded packet of bank-notes, to the value of nearly two hundred pounds -- the produce (as Miss Garth had rightly conjectured) of the sale of her jewelry and her dresses, in which the servant at the boarding-school had privately assisted her.
There will be a packet to Calais, tomorrow, drawer?
Murdstone and Grinby's trade was among a good many kinds of people, but an important branch of it was the supply of wines and spirits to certain packet ships.
And the Mayor took from his pocket a little tissue-paper packet, and opening it, he handed to the Doctor a perfectly beautiful watch with real diamonds in the back.