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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 ?
He could not take his eyes off the smouldering packet.
He could not take his eyes off the smouldering packet; but it appeared that something new had come to birth in his soul--as though he were vowing to himself that he would bear this trial.
The fire, choked between a couple of smouldering pieces of wood, had died down for the first few moments after the packet was thrown upon it.
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.
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.
"I was passing close to the door of the captain's cabin, which was half open, and I saw him give the packet and letter to Dantes."
At her own home, both at Southdown and at Trottermore Castle, this tall and awful missionary of the truth rode about the country in her barouche with outriders, launched packets of tracts among the cottagers and tenants, and would order Gaffer Jones to be converted, as she would order Goody Hicks to take a James's powder, without appeal, resistance, or benefit of clergy.
(Chorus.) She's the Liverpool packet - O Lord, let her go!
"Now, then, if Jim is agreeable, we'll open the packet"; and he laid it before him on the table.
The young man was silent: he had not opened the packet in his hand.
Three years had elapsed since the sailing of the emigrant ship; when, at that same hour of sunset, and in the same place, I stood on the deck of the packet vessel that brought me home, looking on the rosy water where I had seen the image of that ship reflected.
"Oh, thank you -- thank you," cried Anne, clasping the packet rapturously.