- the act or work of a person or thing that packs.
- the preparation and packaging of foodstuffs, especially to be sold at wholesale.
- 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.
Origin of packing
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- 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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- The insertion of gauze or other material into a body cavity or wound for therapeutic purposes.
- The material so used; a pack.
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