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'Packing'

Definition of 'packing'
From: WordNet
noun
Any material used especially to protect something [syn: packing material, packing, wadding]
noun
The enclosure of something in a package or box [syn: packing, boxing]
noun
Carrying something in a pack on the back; "the backpacking of oxygen is essential for astronauts" [syn: packing, backpacking]
Definition of 'Packing'
From: GCIDE
Pack \Pack\ (p[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Packed (p[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Packing.] [Akin to D. pakken, G. packen, Dan. pakke, Sw. packa, Icel. pakka. See Pack, n.]
1. To make a pack of; to arrange closely and securely in a pack; hence, to place and arrange compactly as in a pack; to press into close order or narrow compass; as, to pack goods in a box; to pack fish. [1913 Webster]
Strange materials packed up with wonderful art. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
Where . . . the bones Of all my buried ancestors are packed. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
2. To fill in the manner of a pack, that is, compactly and securely, as for transportation; hence, to fill closely or to repletion; to stow away within; to cause to be full; to crowd into; as, to pack a trunk; the play, or the audience, packs the theater. [1913 Webster]
3. To shuffle, sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly; to stack[3] (the deck). [1913 Webster +PJC]
And mighty dukes pack cards for half a crown. --Pope. [1913 Webster]
4. Hence: To bring together or make up unfairly and fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result; to stack[3]; as, to pack a jury or a caucus. [1913 Webster]
The expected council was dwindling into . . . a packed assembly of Italian bishops. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]
5. To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
He lost life . . . upon a nice point subtilely devised and packed by his enemies. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]
6. To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber; as, to pack a horse. [1913 Webster]
Our thighs packed with wax, our mouths with honey. --Shack. [1913 Webster]
7. To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings; esp., to send away peremptorily or suddenly; to {send packing}; -- sometimes with off; as, to pack a boy off to school. [1913 Webster]
He . . . must not die Till George be packed with post horse up to heaven. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
8. To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or beasts). [Western U.S.] [1913 Webster]
9. (Hydropathy) To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings. See Pack, n., 5. [1913 Webster]
10. (Mech.) To render impervious, as by filling or surrounding with suitable material, or to fit or adjust so as to move without giving passage to air, water, or steam; as, to pack a joint; to pack the piston of a steam engine. [1913 Webster]
11. To cover, envelop, or protect tightly with something; specif. (Hydropathy), to envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Definition of 'Packing'
From: GCIDE
Packing \Pack"ing\, n.
1. The act or process of one who packs. [1913 Webster]
2. Any material used to pack, fill up, or make close. Specifically (Mach.): A substance or piece used to make a joint impervious; as: (a) A thin layer, or sheet, of yielding or elastic material inserted between the surfaces of a flange joint. (b) The substance in a stuffing box, through which a piston rod slides. (c) A yielding ring, as of metal, which surrounds a piston and maintains a tight fit, as inside a cylinder, etc. [1913 Webster]
3. (Masonry) Same as Filling. [Rare in the U. S.] [1913 Webster]
4. A trick; collusion. [Obs.] --Bale. [1913 Webster]
Cherd packing (Bridge Building), the arrangement, side by side, of several parts, as bars, diagonals, a post, etc., on a pin at the bottom of a chord. --Waddell.
Packing box, a stuffing box. See under Stuffing.
Packing press, a powerful press for baling cotton, wool, hay, etc.
Packing ring. See Packing, 2 (c), and Illust. of Piston.
Packing sheet. (a) A large cloth for packing goods. (b) A sheet prepared for packing hydropathic patients. [1913 Webster]
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