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packing

  

      n  
1   
a    material used to cushion packed goods  
b    (as modifier)  
a packing needle     
2    the packaging of foodstuffs  
3      (Med)  
a    the application of a medical pack  
b    gauze or other absorbent material for packing a wound  
4      (Printing)   sheets of material, esp. paper, used to cover the platen or impression cylinder of a letterpress machine  
5    any substance or material used to make watertight or gastight joints, esp. in a stuffing box  
6      (Engineering)   pieces of material of various thicknesses used to adjust the position of a component or machine before it is secured in its correct position or alignment  


packing box  
      n      another name for       stuffing box  
packing density  
      n     (Computing)   a measure of the amount of data that can be held by unit length of a storage medium, such as magnetic tape  
packing fraction  
      n   a measure of the stability of a nucleus, equal to the difference between its mass in amu and its mass number, divided by the mass number  
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