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[pak-thred] /ˈpækˌθrɛd/
a strong thread or twine for sewing or tying up packages.
Origin of packthread
First recorded in 1300-50, packthread is from the Middle English word pakthrede. See pack1, thread
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packthreaded, adjective Unabridged
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  • Well, Sir, that imp there winds her round her finger like a piece of packthread.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • Now, if we could get rid of the bonds of self first, we could snap the other fetters like packthread.

    Piccadilly Laurence Oliphant
  • The carpet and furniture are strewed with long, straggling pieces of packthread.

    Autumn Leaves

  • Rights and rules, which are bonds of iron to a little man, are packthread to a giant.

    Phineas Redux

    Anthony Trollope
  • The barbed-wire obstructions before the German positions were cut like packthread.

  • On the night of the 22d of September a violent storm drove the Centurion from her anchorage, sundering her cables like packthread.

  • Harrison substituted inkle in 1587 for packthread in 1577, a curious flight backward for modern readers.

    Elizabethan England William Harrison
  • The inkle was a favourite pedlar-sold tape of the day, probably more at hand and more to the purpose than packthread.

    Elizabethan England William Harrison
  • Cut open the sweet-breads and stuff them with it, fastening them afterwards with a skewer, or tying them round with packthread.

  • Fill them with the above mixture, and secure the ends by tying them with packthread or fine twine.

British Dictionary definitions for packthread


a strong twine for sewing or tying up packages
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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