pack·ing | \ ˈpa-kiŋ \

Definition of packing 

1a : the action or process of packing something also : a method of packing

b : the processing of food and especially meat for future sale

2 : material (such 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 in a Sentence

We finished all our packing yesterday. I used some old newspapers for packing.

Recent Examples on the Web

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy wrote meticulous packing lists for her trip to Texas in 1963. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Jackie Kennedy’s Never-Before-Seen Packing List Reveals Heartbreaking Details of Her Final Trip with JFK," 9 July 2018 Scott Pask’s bare-boards set, lighted with nowhere-to-hide clarity by Adam Honoré, consists of some sheets of parachute silk and olive-drab packing crates, which are put to multifarious use. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Bad Girl Makes Good in a Glorious ‘Carmen Jones’," 27 June 2018 Don't forget the necessities with this helpful packing list. Editors, USA TODAY, "NBA Draft, immigration legislation, Kate Spade's funeral: 5 things to know Thursday," 21 June 2018 Needless to say, both of my packing lists ended up longer—and better—after writing this story. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "51 Travel Essentials Travel Experts Never Go on Vacation Without," 21 May 2018 Today, thousands move around the world every day—by ship and plane and freight and pallet and packing crate, by business meetings in Switzerland and military deployments in Pakistan and tourism in Hawaii. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, "When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home," 8 Aug. 2011 Its snorkel also folds for easy packing ($60, Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Are Full-Face Snorkels Actually Better than Traditional Masks?," 8 June 2018 Michael Rotondo, 30, of Camillus, was preparing his move by going to Lowe’s to buy boxes for packing. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "New York millennial ordered to vacate parents' home packs up his room and finalizes moving plans," 31 May 2018 Below, Bruna shares her top tips for packing, beating jet lag, and making the most of any trip. Vogue, "Supermodel Cindy Bruna Shares Her 4 Ultimate Packing Tips," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of packing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners 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


pack·ing | \ ˈpak-iŋ \

Medical Definition of packing 

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

2 : the material used in packing

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