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packet

1. a small or medium-sized container of cardboard, paper, etc., often together with its contents
2. a boat that transports mail, passengers, goods, etc., on a fixed short route
3. Computing a unit into which a larger piece of data is broken down for more efficient transmission

packet

[′pak·ət]
(biology)
A cluster of organisms in the form of a cube resulting from cell division in three planes.
(communications)
A short section of data of fixed length that is transmitted as a unit.
(physics)

packet

i. A single pulse of radar, digitized signal, or other ECM (electronic countermeasures) coded transmission.
ii. The prepackaged quantity of chaff for loading into the dispenser.
iii. A form of digital data transfer.

packet

The unit of data sent across a network. "Packet" is a generic term used to describe a unit of data at any layer of the OSI protocol stack, but it is most correctly used to describe application layer data units ("application protocol data unit", APDU).

See also datagram, frame.

packet

A block of data transmitted over a packet-switched network, which is the common architecture of all local area networks (LANs) and most wide area networks (WANs) such as the Internet. Packets are mostly TCP/IP packets, because TCP/IP is the global networking standard. The terms frame, packet and datagram generally refer to the same entity. See packet switching, frame and datagram.
References in classic literature ?
How do you know he had a packet to leave at Porto-Ferrajo?
He loosened two buttons of his coat, thrust in his hand, and brought forth the packet.
cried the impatient gentleman, snatching the packet from her hand; “there is no such office in the county.
Now, although I was honestly sorry for Polina, it is a fact that, from the moment when, the previous night, I had approached the gaming-table, and begun to rake in the packets of bank-notes, my love for her had entered upon a new plane.
Whilst saying these words, with perfectly Italian subtlety he snatched the packet from the hands of Colbert, and re-entered his apartments.
We dropped to the Heights Receiving Towers twenty minutes ahead of time, and there hung at ease till the Yokohama Intermediate Packet could pull out and give us our proper slip.
No sooner did a tongue of flame burst out than she threw the packet of notes upon it.
Then she opened the packet which Norman of Torn had handed her, and within found two others.
Oh, thank you -- thank you," cried Anne, clasping the packet rapturously.
He remained behind the partition, gripping the packet tightly.
And for thyself, Alleyne, if there be any dear friend to whom you would fain give greeting, I can send it for thee within this packet.
Sedley, and asked permission to come and see her--and he had seen her, and Amelia too, yesterday, before he came down to Chatham; and, what is more, he had brought that farewell letter and packet which had so moved them.