the way in which something is packed.
an act or instance of transporting supplies, goods, etc., on the backs of horses, mules, or persons.
material used to cushion or protect goods packed in a container.
material, often in the form of a grease-impregnated fibrous ring, compressed inside a stuffing box or the like to prevent leakage around the moving shaft of an engine, pump, or valve.
Printing. rubber, paper, or other material fastened to the tympan or cylinder of a press to provide pressure to produce a printed impression.
- un·der·pack·ing, noun
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How to use packing in a sentence
In your home, you can use crumpled paper or packing material.The safest ways to stay warm during a power outage | John Kennedy | February 18, 2021 | Popular-Science
Recyclable packing is something we want a brand to have whenever possible.The online grocery startup betting big on the pandemic shift in grocery shopping | Rachel King | January 3, 2021 | Fortune
The phrase “court packing” is a pejorative—stacking the deck, changing the rules.Beyond Court Packing: The Supreme Court Has Always Been Political | James D. Zirin | November 2, 2020 | Time
They have a square base, which is important for optimal packing.How (and Why) to Execute the Perfect Canoe Portage | Alex Hutchinson | September 9, 2020 | Outside Online
Fishman says it’s cheaper for him to sell his products in brick and mortar stores than to sell them on Amazon, because of the cut Amazon takes for packing and shipping.Many Companies Won't Survive the Pandemic. Amazon Will Emerge Stronger Than Ever | Alana Semuels | July 28, 2020 | Time
The West is packing up, victorious in battle but defeated in war.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Last weekend a family slipped out at four in the morning, packing their bags and leaving out the side door without a word.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House? | Nina Strochlic | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Any Miss America contestant who betrays herself to be a sexually autonomous being will be quickly sent packing.
The logistics are a pain in the ass, packing stuff for two days spending time at his place—will it rain, should I take boots?
Instead of packing the courts with judges, it had packed the courthouses with defendants.
Their method of curing the leaves was to air-dry them and then packing them until wanted for use.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Nothing doubtful or "reputed" ever arrived in the huge packing-cases consigned to Walls End Castle.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
The engine did not answer very well, for the packing in the pole stuffing box used to burn out, and a cloud of steam escaped.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
While we were packing grub and bedding on Piegan's extra horse, Lyn joined us, wrapped from head to heel in a yellow slicker.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
He was soon very quick in separating the fibres from the pulp and spreading them out to dry before packing.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
British Dictionary definitions for packing
material used to cushion packed goods
(as modifier): a packing needle
the packaging of foodstuffs
the application of a medical pack
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
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