packing

[ pak-ing ]
/ ˈpæk ɪŋ /

noun


Nearby words

  1. packet,
  2. packet switched system,
  3. packet switching,
  4. packframe,
  5. packhorse,
  6. packing box,
  7. packing case,
  8. packing density,
  9. packing fraction,
  10. packing plant

Origin of packing

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

Related formsun·der·pack·ing, noun

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

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

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

pack

1
/ (pæk) /

noun

verb

See also pack in, pack up

Derived Formspackable, adjective

Word Origin for pack

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

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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Word Origin and History for packing
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Medicine definitions for packing

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.

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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