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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 ?
The packet had been wrapped in a threefold covering of newspaper, and the, notes were safe.
It's all his--the whole packet is for him, do you hear--all of you?
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.
By way of compromise, Lady Emily sent in a packet in the evening for the latter lady, containing copies of the "Washerwoman," and other mild and favourite tracts for Miss B.
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.
The young man was silent: he had not opened the packet in his hand.
The average packet waiting time is an average evaluated over the number of incoming requests which are not distributed equally over time (during the state [S.
The packet was deliberately dropped by a router and/or switch because of WAN congestion.
SwitchCore AB, developer of integrated switching devices for Internet and data communications, has announced that World Wide Packets, Inc.
Acme Packet took the lead in defining the role of session border controllers in the IMS functional architecture," said Seamus Hourihan, Acme Packet vice president of marketing and product management.
If the newly formed packet is bigger than the MTU (maximum transmission unit) size of any of the links between CPE A and CPE B then the packet will need to be fragmented into two packets.
Resilient Packet Rings--Foundation For Advanced Data Services