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packet switching


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A method of data transmission in which small blocks of data are transmitted rapidly over a channel dedicated to the connection only for the duration of the packet's transmission.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a means of directing digitally encoded information in a communication network from its source to its destination, in which messages may be divided into smaller entities called packets, each of which travels independently through the network in paths based on moment to moment routing decisions made by the nodes through which they pass.


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