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English definition of “packet”


noun [C]     /ˈpækɪt/
UK COMMERCE a small paper or cardboard container used to hold goods , or the contents of the container : an empty cigarette packet He ate a whole packet of biscuits .
US COMMERCE a very small container for holding a small amount of a liquid , sugar , etc.: a packet of ketchup → Compare sachet
( US also mailer, UK also postal packet) COMMUNICATIONS a special envelope or container for sending things that can easily break , have an unusual shape , or are very small : In general , cigarettes , alcohol , and aerosols must not be included in postal packets .
US ( UK pack) a collection of documents that have been put together as a set: An information packet is available for customers on request .
IT a collection of data that has been put together as a set: The X .25 interface breaks the datagrams up into 128-byte packets. All data sent over the internet goes in data packets.
cost/pay/make a packet UK informal to cost , pay , or earn a lot of money : The advertising campaign must have cost them a packet. He dropped out of university but now he's making a packet in banking .
→ See also pay packet, postal packet, wage packet
(Definition of packet noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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