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 ..."

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Immediately below is Fairmilehead, a spot of roof and a smoking chimney, where two roads, no thicker than packthread, intersect beside a hanging wood.

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  • 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.

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  • But when I take up the end of a web, and find it packthread, I do not expect, by looking further, to find embroidery.

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  • 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.

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  • You must know, I made a second excursion to these antient ruins, and measured the arena of the amphitheatre with packthread.

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