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definition of the word packet

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Either from Middle French pacquet, or formed independently from pack + -et.

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Packet (information technology)

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Singular
packet

Plural
packets

packet (plural packets)

  1. A small pack or package; a little bundle or parcel; as, a packet of letters, a packet of crisps, a packet of biscuits.
  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, vessel.
  3. (networking) A small fragment of data as transmitted on some types of network, notably Ethernet networks.

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