packet

packet

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English

Alternative forms

  • pacquet (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English pacquet; either from Middle French pacquet, or formed independently from pak and -et.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpak.ɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpæk.ɪt/

Noun

packet (plural packets)

  1. A small pack or package; a little bundle or parcel
    (archaic) a travel bag containing clothing, nightwear and other accessories.
  2. (nautical) 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 (Wikipedia).
  3. (botany) A specimen envelope containing small, dried plants or containing parts of plants when attached to a larger sheet.
  4. (networking) A small fragment of data as transmitted on some types of network, notably Ethernet networks (Wikipedia).
  5. (South Africa) A plastic bag.
    • 2012 August 6, Wendy Knowler, Plastic packets: who bags the profits?
  6. (colloquial) A manbulge.
  7. (informal) A large amount of money.

Derived terms

  • fag packet

Translations

Verb

packet (third-person singular simple present packets, present participle packeting, simple past and past participle packeted)

  1. (transitive) To make up into a packet or bundle.
  2. (transitive) To send in a packet or dispatch vessel.
    • 1636, John Ford, The Fancies Chaste and Noble
      Her husband was packeted to France.
  3. (intransitive) To ply with a packet or dispatch boat.
  4. (transitive, Internet) To subject to a denial-of-service attack in which a large number of data packets are sent.
    • 2007, Committee on Improving Cybersecurity Research in the United States, Toward a Safer and More Secure Cyberspace
      Typically, one hacker will annoy another; the offended party replies by launching a denial-of-service attack against the offender. These attacks—known as packeting—tend to be of limited duration []

Translations

See also

  • datagram
  • packetlike
  • packet radio
  • packet switching, packet-switching

Further reading

  • packet in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • packet on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • Ptacek, peck at

German

Alternative forms

  • packt

Pronunciation

Verb

packet

  1. imperative plural of packen

Portuguese

Noun

packet m (plural packets)

  1. (networking) packet (small fragment of data)

Swedish

Noun

packet

  1. definite singular of pack

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