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noun (wikipedia, packet, packet (information technology))
  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.
paper Tweet Definition of paper Like Definition of paper on Facebook
noun
  1. A sheet material used for write, writing on or printing on (or as a non-waterproof container), usually made by draining cellulose fibres from a suspension in water.
  2. A newspaper or anything used as such (such as a newsletter or listing magazine).
  3. (uncountable) Wallpaper.
  4. (uncountable) Wrapping paper.
  5. A written document, generally shorter than a book (white paper, term paper), in particular one written for the Government.
  6. A written document that reports scientific or academic research and is usually subjected to peer review before publication in a scientific journal or in the proceedings of a scientific or academic meeting (such as a conference, a workshop or a symposium).
verb (transitive)
  1. To wallpaper.
to paper over the cracks
adjective
  1. Made of paper.
paper bag
paper plane
petty officer Tweet Definition of petty officer Like Definition of petty officer on Facebook
noun
  1. A non-commissioned officer in the US and UK Navy and the US Coast Guard; roughly equivalent to a sergeant in the army
pillar Tweet Definition of pillar Like Definition of pillar on Facebook
noun
  1. A large post, often used as supporting architecture.
pilot Tweet Definition of pilot Like Definition of pilot on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who is in charge of the controls of an aircraft.
  2. A person who steers a ship, a helmsman
  3. (nautical) A person who knows well the depths and currents of a harbor or coastal area, who is hired by a vessel to help navigate the harbor or coast.
  4. A sample episode of a proposed TV series
adjective
  1. Made or used as a test or demonstration of capability. (pilot run, pilot plant)
  2. Used to control or activate another device. (pilot light)
  3. Used to indicate operation ("pilot lamp")
pilotage Tweet Definition of pilotage Like Definition of pilotage on Facebook
noun
  1. the use of landmarks to guide a vessel or aircraft to its destination
  2. the occupation of a pilot
  3. the fee paid to a pilot
pinky Tweet Definition of pinky Like Definition of pinky on Facebook
noun (pinkies)
  1. The smallest finger or toe of a hand or foot.
  2. (context, historical, slang, Australia, uncountable) methylated spirits, Methylated spirits mixed with red wine or Condy's crystals.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 262:
    • :"Here," Nigel greeted him, "do try a spot of "," it's ever so much fun, really."
pipe Tweet Definition of pipe Like Definition of pipe on Facebook
noun ]]
  1. A hollow tube that transports water, steam, or other liquid; usually made of metal, ceramic, wood, or plastic.
  2. A hollow stem with bowl at one end used for smoking (see also water pipe or bong)
  3. (geology) A vertical conduit through the Earth's crust below a volcano, through which magma has passed; often filled with volcanic breccia
  4. A type of pasta, similar to macaroni
  5. Decorative edging stitched to the hems or seams of an object made of fabric (clothing, hats, pillows, curtains, etc.); often a contrasting color
  6. (music) A hollow tube used to produce sound, such as an organ pipe.
  7. (music) A wind instrument making a whistling sound. (see pan pipes, bagpipe, boatswain's pipe)
  8. (lacrosse) One of the goalposts of the goal.
  9. (computing) The ASCII character at position 124 (decimal), 7C (hex), 01111100 (binary): " , "
  10. (computing) In Unix, the pipe character signifies that the output of one program feeds directly as input to another program.
  11. (context, computing, slang) A data backbone, or broadband Internet access (e.g., a "fat pipe" refers to a high-bandwidth connection).
  12. (obsolete) An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallons; half a ton.
    • 1882: Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p. 205.
      1. (context, AU, colloquial, obsolete) An anonymous satire or essay, insulting and frequently libelous, written on a piece of paper and left somewhere public where it could be found and thus spread, to embarrass the author's enemies.
      1818: yet, it is much to be hoped, that from his example pipe-making will in future be reposed solely in the hands of Mr. William Cluer of the Brickfield Hill. — w:Sydney Gazette, Sydney Gazette, 26 September 1818, on w:William Bland, William Bland convicted of libelling w:Lachlan Macquarie, Governor Macquarie in a pipe (William Cluer was an earthenware pipe manufacturer). Quoted in More Pig Bites Baby! Stories from Australia's First Newspaper, volume 2, ed. Micahel Connor, Duffy and Snellgrove, 2004, ISBN 1-876631-91-0.
verb (pip, ing)
  1. To convey or transport something by means of pipes.
  2. To install or configure pipes.
  3. To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe.
  4. (nautical) To signal or order by a note pattern on a bosun's pipe.
  5. To decorate a cake using a pastry bag a flexible bag from which icing is forced through a small nozzle to make various designs
pratique Tweet Definition of pratique Like Definition of pratique on Facebook
noun
  1. permission to use a port given to a ship after compliance with a quarantine or on conviction that she is free of contagious disease.
punt Tweet Definition of punt Like Definition of punt on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical): A pontoon; a narrow shallow boat propelled by a pole.
verb
  1. To kick a ball dropped from the hands before it hits the ground.
  2. (figurative) To make a highly speculative investment or other commitment, or take a wild guess.
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