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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

packet \pack"et\ (p[a^]k"[e^]t), n. [F. paquet, dim. fr. LL. paccus, from the same source as E. pack. See Pack.] [1913 Webster] 1. A small pack or package; a little bundle or parcel; as, a packet of letters. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Packet boat, Packet ship, or Packet vessel. See Packet, n., 2. Packet day, the day for mailing letters to go by packet; or the sailing day. Packet note or Packet post. See under Paper. [1913 Webster]