from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strong two-ply or three-ply twine for sewing or tying packages or bundles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A strong thread or twine used in tying up parcels.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A strong three-ply thread or small twine used to sew or tie packs or packages.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Strong thread or twine used for sewing up packages or bales, or for tying up parcels.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a strong three-ply twine used to sew or tie packages
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"I would advise you Sir, to study algebra, if you are not already an adept in it: your head would be less muddy, and you will leave off tormenting your neighbours about paper and packthread ..."
His nerves had previously been ``made of packthread . . . proof against weather, ingratitude, meat-under-done, every weapon of fate'', according to a letter written to one of his other enthusiasms, William Wordsworth.
In lieu of buckles at his knees, he wore unequal loops of packthread; and in his grimy hands he held a knotted stick, the knob of which was carved into a rough likeness of his own vile face.
His shoes were newly greased, and ornamented with a pair of rusty iron buckles; the packthread at his knees had been renewed; and where he wanted buttons, he wore pins.
Immediately below is Fairmilehead, a spot of roof and a smoking chimney, where two roads, no thicker than packthread, intersect beside a hanging wood.
The early part of Monte Cristo, down to the finding of the treasure, is a piece of perfect story-telling; the man never breathed who shared these moving incidents without a tremor; and yet Faria is a thing of packthread and Dantes little more than a name.
But when I take up the end of a web, and find it packthread, I do not expect, by looking further, to find embroidery.
Beaumanoir, being thus possessed of the tablets, inspected the outside carefully, and then proceeded to undo the packthread which secured its folds.
Rights and rules, which are bonds of iron to a little man, are packthread to a giant.
You must know, I made a second excursion to these antient ruins, and measured the arena of the amphitheatre with packthread.