Definition of packing in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpakiNG/ /ˈpækɪŋ/

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  • 1The action or process of packing something.

    ‘the handling, packing, and shipping of products’
    • ‘People were of course prepared to some degree, those whose homes flooded annually were well into the process of packing and moving.’
    • ‘She was in the process of packing but she had left a box of clothes that she had planned to give away open in the middle of the room.’
    • ‘She finished her hasty packing and zipped up the bag.’
    • ‘Thank goodness I finished all my packing yesterday, she thought as she began to get everything ready for the day ahead.’
    • ‘I had to pick up Michael from his caretaker, finish my necessary last-minute packing, and get on the road.’
    • ‘The next morning Britt woke me up and told me she had already finished my packing since I had everything already laid out for it.’
    • ‘Donella had finished her packing, but couldn't locate where Tony had put her last suitcase.’
    • ‘Thousands of girls and women are employed gainfully in the weaving, finishing and packing of the products.’
    • ‘The packing continues, as I once again go through the process of winnowing out the dross that I have collected over the past dozen or so years.’
    • ‘I was unable to take off from work much so he handled most of the packing; upon our arrival at our new home we discovered most of our plates were broken.’
    • ‘I had only just finished the enervating task of packing.’
    • ‘I still remember the day the tape was made, but before I could dwell on it, I tossed it out the window and finished the rest of my packing in a state of fuming.’
    • ‘I finished up some last minute packing and then carried my bags down to the door.’
    • ‘My plan was to leave in secret, but just as I was finishing the packing, Father John stepped into the attic, saw what I was doing, and stopped me.’
    • ‘Then he realized that Stacy was still in Colorado, packing, and he was only there a week, then he'd go back home and finish the packing.’
    • ‘Jada finished the packing and the suitcases were neatly placed side by side in her bedroom.’
    • ‘So, after I peered into the vent for awhile with the flashlight, and after finding nothing, I went back to my packing and puttering around the house.’
    • ‘The lead had severely decomposed during its one hundred year history, and its fragility was exacerbated by poor packing for shipment.’
    • ‘Processes used included rebuilding the pots with modern, sympathetic materials and providing specialist packing for each vessel.’
    • ‘In addition to a better mix of cartons in the kits, we have supplementary packs of portarobes to be delivered with the standard or mini kits, to assist in the packing of your clothes.’
    • ‘A bundle of straw for packing lies on the cobbles.’
    1. 1.1Material used to protect fragile goods in transit.
      ‘polystyrene packing’
      • ‘The company specialised in the manufacture of corrugated and protective packing.’
      • ‘With early farmers came seeds, some imported intentionally but others carried over unwittingly in animal fodder and packing.’
      • ‘I must find a source of fibre or some inert packing.’
      • ‘Flatten all packing paper thoroughly when unpacking - small items can easily be overlooked and thrown out with the rubbish’
      • ‘The shredded paper was the packing from a Lush parcel.’
      • ‘But I then decided that this shredded paper would make ideal packing material for fragile items and was on the verge of putting the bags of shreds back into the bedroom or possibly in the attic.’
      • ‘The Cube is wrapped in plastic, surrounded by a good amount of packing foam to protect it during shipping.’
      • ‘The packing the phone was protected by, splayed out across the floor’
      • ‘At least I cleaned up the cardboard boxes and the packing material, and I worked up a sweat.’
      • ‘Grass pulp, he says, can be used for everything from packing material to animal feed.’
      • ‘Instead I've gone for some ripped up pieces of chucky cardboard packing material and some of those air-filled plastic pockets that get used as packing material too.’
      • ‘He proceeded to carefully prepare a packing tube to protect the poster for transport.’
      • ‘Our dining room is filled with huge plastic bags filled with the packing papers, so it seems like things are much more cramped and unorganized than they really are.’
      • ‘In front of the incinerator is a huge pile of garbage, including packing bags, plastic bottles and foam boards.’
      • ‘The thing is, I should be forced to live in a big giant ball of those plastic packing bubbles that are so fun to pop.’
      • ‘The removals company dropped off the boxes, packing tape and paper last night - 50 boxes, all told.’
      • ‘They had an ineffable smell that escaped even the plastic packing.’
      • ‘The pottery jars required considerable packing (heather, straw, etc.) to cushion them against breakages.’
      • ‘Without lingering on the box too much, it was nice to see that all the packing inside is folded cardboard.’
      • ‘Maybe if I go and tell him that, maybe he could charge more for the packing and pay us.’
    2. 1.2Material used to seal a joint or assist in lubricating an axle.
      ‘Packing for lubricating purposes comprising a mixture of wool and horsehair spun together is made into pad form by banding a length of the yarn in zig-zag form and then bending the sheet so formed into zigzag form until a pad of the required dimensions is obtained.’
      • ‘This packing is self lubricating, mechanically strong and widely used in chemicals, petrochemicals, power plants, paper, pulp and food industries.’


informal in combination
  • Carrying a gun, especially on a regular or habitual basis.

    • ‘gun-packing drug dealers have turned the area into a war zone’
    • ‘a rifle-packing sheriff’