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packing

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noun pack·ing \ˈpa-kiŋ\

Simple Definition of packing

  • : the act or process of putting things into bags or boxes

  • : material that is used to hold or protect things so that they can be moved or sent somewhere

Full Definition of packing

  1. 1 a :  the action or process of packing something; also :  a method of packing b :  the processing of food and especially meat for future sale

  2. 2 :  material (as a covering or stuffing) used to protect packed goods (as for shipping); also :  material used for making airtight or watertight <packing for a faucet>

Examples of packing

  1. We finished all our packing yesterday.

  2. I used some old newspapers for packing.



14th Century

First Known Use of packing

14th century


Medical Dictionary

packing

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noun pack·ing \ˈpak-iŋ\

Medical Definition of packing

  1. 1:  the therapeutic application of a pack <hemorrhage…could not be controlled by suture or packingJournal of the American Medical Association>

  2. 2:  the material used in packing






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