packing

[ pak-ing ]
/ ˈpæk ɪŋ /

noun

Origin of packing

1350–1400; Middle English pakking (gerund). See pack1, -ing1

Related forms

un·der·pack·ing, noun

Definition for packing (2 of 3)

Origin of pack

1
1175–1225; (noun) Middle English pak, packe < Middle Dutch pac or perhaps Middle Low German pak; (v.) Middle English pakken < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German

SYNONYMS FOR pack

1 See package.
4 band, company, crew.
5 See flock1

Definition for packing (3 of 3)

pack

2
[ pak ]
/ pæk /

verb (used with object)

to choose, collect, arrange, or manipulate (cards, persons, facts, etc.) so as to serve one's own purposes: to pack the deck; to pack a jury.

Origin of pack

2
First recorded in 1520–30; perhaps variant of pact
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British Dictionary definitions for packing (1 of 3)

packing

/ (ˈpækɪŋ) /

noun

  1. material used to cushion packed goods
  2. (as modifier)a packing needle
the packaging of foodstuffs
med
  1. the application of a medical pack
  2. gauze or other absorbent material for packing a wound
printing sheets of material, esp paper, used to cover the platen or impression cylinder of a letterpress machine
any substance or material used to make watertight or gastight joints, esp in a stuffing box
engineering pieces of material of various thicknesses used to adjust the position of a component or machine before it is secured in its correct position or alignment

British Dictionary definitions for packing (2 of 3)

pack

1
/ (pæk) /

noun

verb

See also pack in, pack up

Derived Forms

packable, adjective

Word Origin for pack

C13: related to Middle Low German pak, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for packing (3 of 3)

pack

2
/ (pæk) /

verb

(tr) to fill (a legislative body, committee, etc) with one's own supportersto pack a jury

Word Origin for pack

C16: perhaps changed from pact
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Medicine definitions for packing (1 of 2)

packing

[ păkĭng ]

n.

The insertion of gauze or other material into a body cavity or wound for therapeutic purposes.
The material so used; a pack.

Medicine definitions for packing (2 of 2)

pack

[ păk ]

v.

To fill, stuff, plug, or tampon.
To enwrap or envelop the body in a sheet, blanket, or other covering.
To apply a dressing or covering to a surgical site.

n.

The swathing of a patient or body part in hot, cold, wet, or dry materials, such as cloth towels, sheets, or blankets.
The materials so used.
An ice pack; an ice bag.
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Idioms and Phrases with packing

pack


In addition to the idioms beginning with pack

  • pack a punch
  • packed in like sardines
  • pack it in
  • pack off
  • pack them in

also see:

  • Joe six-pack
  • send someone about his or her business (packing)
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