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Meaning of PACKET

Pronunciation:  'pakit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a boat for carrying mail
  2. [n]  a small package or bundle
  3. [n]  (computer science) a message or message fragment
  4. [n]  a collection of things wrapped or boxed together

PACKET is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: bundle, mail boat, mailboat, package, packet boat, parcel
 See Also: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, boat, collection, deck, message, package, parcel, wisp



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pack"et\, n. [F. paquet, dim. fr. LL. paccus, from the
    same source as E. pack. See {Pack}.]
    1. A small pack or package; a little bundle or parcel; as, a
       packet of letters. --Shak.
    2. Originally, a vessel employed by government to convey
       dispatches or mails; hence, a vessel employed in conveying
       dispatches, mails, passengers, and goods, and having fixed
       days of sailing; a mail boat.
    {Packet boat}, {ship}, or {vessel}. See {Packet}, n., 2.
    {Packet day}, the day for mailing letters to go by packet; or
       the sailing day.
    {Packet note} or {post}. See under {Paper}.
  2. \Pack"et\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Packeted}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Packeting}.]
    1. To make up into a packet or bundle.
    2. To send in a packet or dispatch vessel.
             Her husband Was packeted to France.   --Ford.
  3. \Pack"et\, v. i.
    To ply with a packet or dispatch boat.
Computing Dictionary

The unit of data sent across a network. "Packet" is a generic term used to describe a unit of data at any layer of the osi protocol stack, but it is most correctly used to describe application layer data units ("application protocol data unit", APDU).

See also datagram, frame.

Thesaurus Terms
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