pack·​ing | \ ˈpa-kiŋ How to pronounce packing (audio) \

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
3 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.
Recent Examples on the Web And then, of course, there’s her equally unapologetic, PDA-packing, internet-breaking romance and exceedingly extra engagement—complete with claims of mutual blood drinking—with rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly. Emily Maddick, Glamour, 28 Apr. 2022 In sometimes acrimonious back and forth, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Jackson about her views of court packing, critical race theory and gender. Dylan Wells, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 During the day, the employees are busy procuring food, cooking, packing, and delivering lunch boxes across the city. Johnny O'reilly, Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2022 Some of the best character work that Chastain and Isaac do comes not in their blow-ups but in quiet moments: the careful and calm packing of a suitcase, a glance in another direction when eye contact is needed. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 10 Sep. 2021 Jorge Mateo nearly lost his helmet on two of his swings, but he was sent packing by Brewers right-hander Devin Williams, too. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2022 Three offensive line coaches had already come and gone during his tenure, each promising to put his stamp on the Trojans’ maligned line, only to be sent packing soon after. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 With first Michigan and then Purdue sent packing, there will be none in the Elite Eight. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2022 Jackson turned to the conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett as an example to follow on at least one subject — her views on Court packing. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of packing

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

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15 May 2022

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“Packing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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pack·​ing | \ ˈpak-iŋ How to pronounce packing (audio) \

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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