pack·​ing ˈpa-kiŋ How to pronounce packing (audio)
: the action or process of packing something
also : a method of packing
: the processing of food and especially meat for future sale
: 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
US politics : a form of gerrymandering in which election districts are drawn in such a way that voters likely to support the opposing party are concentrated into a single district to limit the influence of their votes in other districts
… it calculates the impact of the two mechanisms that create gerrymandering. The first of these is "packing," which means one side's votes have been overconcentrated so they win by huge margins in a small number of districts (creating a surplus of votes).G. Terry Madonna and Michael Young
compare cracking sense 2

Examples of packing in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of packing was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Packing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


pack·​ing ˈpak-iŋ How to pronounce packing (audio)
: the therapeutic application of a pack
hemorrhage … could not be controlled by suture or packingJournal of the American Medical Association
: the material used in packing
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