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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.
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It was not my fault that Polina had thrown a packet in my face, and preferred Mr.
The old contracts (they will be revised at the end of the year) allow twelve hours for a run which any packet can put behind her in ten.
She took the little local packet at Cairo, and now she was on the homestretch.
Can you identify him as your fellow-passenger on board the packet, or speak to his conversation with your daughter?
Come, come," continued he, patting Edmond's shoulder kindly, "you did very right, Dantes, to follow Captain Leclere's instructions, and touch at Elba, although if it were known that you had conveyed a packet to the marshal, and had conversed with the emperor, it might bring you into trouble.
THE regiment was standing at order arms at the side of a lane, waiting for the command to march, when suddenly the youth remembered the little packet enwrapped in a faded yellow envelope which the loud young soldier with lugu- brious words had intrusted to him.
She laughed, and promising to wait for his company re-entered the house, making her appearance again, holding in her hand a packet that was secured by several large and important seals, just in time to meet the gentleman.
On the envelope of this packet were these words: -- Monsieur Michel Letellier, etc.
There is a crack packet - crack packet o' fame, She hails from Noo York, an' the Dreadnought's her name.
Letterblair unlocked a drawer and drew out a packet.
If you keep His laws I don't think He can care a packet of pins whether you believe in Him or not.
Nastasia Philipovna seized the packet of bank-notes.