Definition of packing in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action or process of packing something.

    ‘she finished her packing’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 to pick up Michael from his caretaker, finish my necessary last-minute packing, and get on the road.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Processes used included rebuilding the pots with modern, sympathetic materials and providing specialist packing for each vessel.’
    • ‘Jada finished the packing and the suitcases were neatly placed side by side in her bedroom.’
    • ‘A bundle of straw for packing lies on the cobbles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lead had severely decomposed during its one hundred year history, and its fragility was exacerbated by poor packing for shipment.’
    • ‘Thank goodness I finished all my packing yesterday, she thought as she began to get everything ready for the day ahead.’
    • ‘Donella had finished her packing, but couldn't locate where Tony had put her last suitcase.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She finished her hasty packing and zipped up the bag.’
    • ‘I finished up some last minute packing and then carried my bags down to the door.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 had only just finished the enervating task of packing.’
    • ‘People were of course prepared to some degree, those whose homes flooded annually were well into the process of packing and moving.’
    • ‘Thousands of girls and women are employed gainfully in the weaving, finishing and packing of the products.’
    1. 1.1 A charge made when delivering goods to cover the cost of packing them.
      ‘£2 (plus 50p postage and packing)’
      • ‘The calendar runs from March 2005 to February 2006 and costs £5.99 plus £2.50 postage and packing.’
      • ‘Remember also that you may be charged for postage and packing, which for small, lighter items should be minimal.’
      • ‘The price of each is £6 plus £1.50 each for postage and packing.’
      • ‘It costs just £19.99, including postage and packing - and what it will do is tell you whether your chronic health problems are caused by a food intolerance, or not.’
      • ‘Trust membership costs £7.50 a year and whistles are £7.50 with 50p postage and packing.’
      • ‘Each one bought at £6.95 plus postage and packing will include a donation to children's charity National Children's Homes.’
      • ‘Prices start at 9.95 for four saplings, including packing, posting and delivery within 14 days.’
      • ‘And I once got the promise of a digital camera, but only if I sent off £70 for postage and packing.’
      • ‘It is available by post from Mrs Williams at a cost of £3.50, including postage and packing.’
      • ‘Even adding postage and packing costs the offers were a real bargain and it didn't take long for the offer to go viral.’
      • ‘The tape itself costs E3.50 plus postage and packing.’
      • ‘You can download this software for £24.95, or get it on CD for an extra £4.99 to cover postage and packing.’
      • ‘The price (credit cards not accepted) includes postage and packing.’
      • ‘Until now, punters returning goods have not been able to claim back the original charges made for postage and packing.’
      • ‘This is available via our Fool Shop for £17.99, with no charge for postage and packing.’
      • ‘Users who run into trouble are offered a replacement handheld and cradle, with postage and packing charges picked up by Palm.’
      • ‘This delicious three track CD is free for the taking for the cost of a few stamps for postage and packing.’
      • ‘Weighing in at 580 tonnes the postage and packing is going to cost a few bob.’
      • ‘People are selling these things on E-Bay, some sellers are obviously making a profit on the wristbands, and then charging up to £2.99 for postage and packing on each band.’
      • ‘The T-shirts are available from the website and selected outlets and cost 7.50 and 1.50 postage and packing.’
    2. 1.2 Material used to protect fragile goods in transit.
      ‘polystyrene packing’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With early farmers came seeds, some imported intentionally but others carried over unwittingly in animal fodder and packing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The pottery jars required considerable packing (heather, straw, etc.) to cushion them against breakages.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Cube is wrapped in plastic, surrounded by a good amount of packing foam to protect it during shipping.’
      • ‘Grass pulp, he says, can be used for everything from packing material to animal feed.’
      • ‘The company specialised in the manufacture of corrugated and protective packing.’
      • ‘Flatten all packing paper thoroughly when unpacking - small items can easily be overlooked and thrown out with the rubbish’
      • ‘I must find a source of fibre or some inert packing.’
      • ‘The shredded paper was the packing from a Lush parcel.’
      • ‘The removals company dropped off the boxes, packing tape and paper last night - 50 boxes, all told.’
      • ‘At least I cleaned up the cardboard boxes and the packing material, and I worked up a sweat.’
      • ‘Without lingering on the box too much, it was nice to see that all the packing inside is folded cardboard.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They had an ineffable smell that escaped even the plastic packing.’
      • ‘Maybe if I go and tell him that, maybe he could charge more for the packing and pay us.’
      • ‘He proceeded to carefully prepare a packing tube to protect the poster for transport.’
      • ‘The packing the phone was protected by, splayed out across the floor’
    3. 1.3 Material used to seal a join 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.’