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- noun A method of data transmission in which data is broken into small blocks that are transmitted over different channels and are reassembled into their original order at their destination.
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- noun computing a means of
directing digitally encoded informationin a communication networkfrom its sourceto its destination, in which messagesmay be dividedinto smaller entitiescalled packets, each of which travels independently through the network in paths based on moment to moment routingdecisions made by the nodesthrough which they pass.
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