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Packet vs. Pocket: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 11, 2023
A Packet is a small container or parcel, while a Pocket is a pouch sewn into clothing or bags for holding items.

Key Differences

At a glance, Packet and Pocket might appear similar due to their phonetic likeness, but they serve different purposes. A Packet often refers to a small container or wrapping that holds items, often used for foodstuffs, documents, or data transmission. Conversely, a Pocket is a specific design feature, typically in clothing or bags, created to store objects.
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When examining functionality, a Packet's primary role is to enclose and protect its contents, whether they be a packet of sugar or a data packet on the internet. A Pocket, while also serving to carry and protect items, is integrated into a larger structure, such as jeans or a backpack.
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From a material perspective, Packets can be made of paper, plastic, or even digital constructs when referring to data transmission. Pockets, however, are predominantly made of fabric, deriving from the material of the garment or bag they're part of.
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Packets are often disposable, especially when they contain consumables. Once you empty a packet of ketchup, for instance, it's typically discarded. In contrast, Pockets are more permanent, repeatedly serving their purpose as long as the clothing or bag lasts.
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Another key difference is mobility. Packets are mobile by design, often transported to different locations, like packets of information sent over a network. Pockets, while they can contain mobile items, are stationary in relation to their attached garment or bag.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

A small container or parcel
A pouch sewn into clothing or bags
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Function

To enclose and protect contents
To store items
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Material

Can be paper, plastic, digital, etc.
Typically fabric
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Duration

Often disposable
Permanent (as long as the garment/bag lasts)
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Mobility

Mobile (transferred to different locations)
Stationary to its garment or bag
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Packet and Pocket Definitions

Packet

A group or collection of things
I have a packet of letters from my grandmother.
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Pocket

A small pouch in clothing
She found coins in her jacket pocket.
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Packet

A small container or wrapping
She opened a packet of mustard.
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Pocket

A small, isolated area or group
A pocket of resistance remained in the captured city.
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Packet

A set of documents or papers
The teacher handed out the information packet.
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Pocket

A sum of money
He made a handsome pocket from the deal.
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Packet

A portioned amount of a product
He poured a packet of sugar into his coffee.
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Pocket

A small baglike attachment forming part of a garment and used to carry small articles, as a flat pouch sewn inside a pair of pants or a piece of material sewn on its sides and bottom to the outside of a shirt.
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Packet

A unit of data transmitted over a network
The server failed to receive the data packet.
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Pocket

A small sack or bag.
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Packet

A small pouch, often consisting of two plastic or foil sheets sealed at the edges, used to distribute single portions of products in the form of liquids, powders, or small pieces
A ketchup packet.
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Pocket

A receptacle, cavity, or opening.
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Packet

A small package or bundle
Sent me a packet of newspaper clippings.
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Pocket

Financial means; money supply
The cost of the trip must come out of your own pocket.
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Packet

(Informal) A sizable sum of money.
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Pocket

A small cavity in the earth, especially one containing ore.
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Packet

A boat or ship, usually a coastal or river steamer, that plies a regular route and carries passengers, freight, and mail.
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Pocket

A small body or accumulation of ore.
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Packet

A short block of data transmitted in a packet-switching network.
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Pocket

A pouch in an animal body, such as the cheek pouch of a rodent or the abdominal pouch of a marsupial.
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Packet

A small pack or package; a little bundle or parcel
Don't throw the crisp packet on the floor!
A packet of letters
A packet of biscuits
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Pocket

(Games) One of the pouchlike receptacles at the corners and sides of a billiard or pool table.
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Packet

(nautical) 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. Packet boat, ship, vessel (Wikipedia).
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Pocket

(Sports) The webbing attached to the head of a lacrosse stick, in which the ball is caught and held.
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Packet

(botany) A specimen envelope containing small, dried plants or containing parts of plants when attached to a larger sheet.
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Pocket

(Baseball) The deepest part of a baseball glove, just below the web, where the ball is normally caught.
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Packet

(networking) A small fragment of data as transmitted on some types of network, notably Ethernet networks (Wikipedia).
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Pocket

(Sports) A racing position in which a contestant has no room to pass a group of contestants immediately to that contestant's front or side.
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Packet

(South Africa) A plastic bag.
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Pocket

A small, isolated, or protected area or group
Pockets of dissatisfied voters.
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Packet

(slang) package
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Pocket

(Football) The area a few yards behind the line of scrimmage that blockers attempt to keep clear so that the quarterback can pass the ball.
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Packet

(informal) A large amount of money.
It'll cost a packet to fix this.
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Pocket

An air pocket.
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Packet

(transitive) To make up into a packet or bundle.
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Pocket

A bin for storing ore, grain, or other materials.
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Packet

(transitive) To send in a packet or dispatch vessel.
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Pocket

Suitable for or capable of being carried in one's pocket
A pocket handkerchief.
A pocket edition of a dictionary.
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Packet

(intransitive) To ply with a packet or dispatch boat.
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Pocket

Small; miniature
A pocket backyard.
A pocket museum.
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Packet

To subject to a denial-of-service attack in which a large number of data packets are sent.
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Pocket

Designating the two cards that are dealt to a player face down in Texas hold'em
Was holding pocket eights.
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Packet

A small pack or package; a little bundle or parcel; as, a packet of letters.
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Pocket

To place in a pocket
Pocketed her key.
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Packet

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.
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Pocket

To take possession of for oneself, especially dishonestly
Pocketed the receipts from the charity dance.
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Packet

To make up into a packet or bundle.
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Pocket

To accept or tolerate (an insult, for example).
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Packet

To send in a packet or dispatch vessel.
Her husbandWas packeted to France.
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Pocket

To conceal or suppress
I pocketed my pride and asked for a raise.
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Packet

To ply with a packet or dispatch boat.
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Pocket

To prevent (a bill) from becoming law by failing to sign until the adjournment of the legislature.
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Packet

A collection of things wrapped or boxed together
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Pocket

(Sports) To hem in (a competitor) in a race.
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Packet

(computer science) a message or message fragment
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Pocket

(Games) To hit (a ball) into a pocket of a pool or billiard table.
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Packet

A small package or bundle
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Pocket

A bag stitched to an item of clothing, used for carrying small items.
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Packet

A boat for carrying mail
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Pocket

Such a receptacle seen as housing someone's money; hence, financial resources.
I paid for it out of my own pocket.
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Pocket

An indention and cavity with a net sack or similar structure (into which the balls are to be struck) at each corner and one centered on each side of a pool or snooker table.
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Pocket

An enclosed volume of one substance surrounded by another.
The drilling expedition discovered a pocket of natural gas.
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Pocket

(Australia) An area of land surrounded by a loop of a river.
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Pocket

(Australian rules football) The area of the field to the side of the goal posts (four pockets in total on the field, one to each side of the goals at each end of the ground). The pocket is only a roughly defined area, extending from the behind post, at an angle, to perhaps about 30 meters out.
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Pocket

(American football) The area behind the line of scrimmage subject to certain rules regarding intentional grounding, illegal contact, etc., formally extending to the end zone but more usually understood as the central area around the quarterback directly protected by the offensive line.
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Pocket

(military) An area where military units are completely surrounded by enemy units.
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Pocket

(rugby) The position held by a second defensive middle, where an advanced middle must retreat after making a touch on the attacking middle.
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Pocket

(surfing) The unbroken part of a wave that offers the surfer the most power.
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Pocket

A large bag or sack formerly used for packing various articles, such as ginger, hops, or cowries; the pocket of wool held about 168 pounds.
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Pocket

(architecture) A hole or space covered by a movable piece of board, as in a floor, boxing, partitions, etc.
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Pocket

(mining) A cavity in a rock containing a nugget of gold, or other mineral; a small body of ore contained in such a cavity.
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Pocket

(nautical) A strip of canvas sewn upon a sail so that a batten or a light spar can placed in the interspace.
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Pocket

The pouch of an animal.
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Pocket

(bowling) The ideal point where the pins are hit by the bowling ball.
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Pocket

A socket for receiving the base of a post, stake, etc.
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Pocket

A bight on a lee shore.
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Pocket

(dentistry) A small space between a tooth and the adjoining gum, formed by an abnormal separation of the two.
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Pocket

A small, isolated group or area.
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Pocket

(transitive) To put (something) into a pocket.
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Pocket

To cause a ball to go into one of the pockets of the table; to complete a shot.
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Pocket

To take and keep (something, especially money, that is not one's own).
Record executives pocketed most of the young singer's earnings.
The thief was caught on camera pocketing the diamond.
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Pocket

To put up with; to bear without complaint.
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Pocket

Of a size suitable for putting into a pocket.
A pocket dictionary
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Pocket

Smaller or more compact than usual.
Pocket battleship, pocket beach
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Pocket

Referring to the two initial hole cards.
A pocket pair of kings
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Pocket

Any hollow place suggestive of a pocket in form or use;
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Pocket

A bag or pouch; especially; a small bag inserted in a garment for carrying small articles, particularly money; hence, figuratively, money; wealth.
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Pocket

One of several bags attached to a billiard table, into which the balls are driven.
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Pocket

A large bag or sack used in packing various articles, as ginger, hops, cowries, etc.
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Pocket

A hole or space covered by a movable piece of board, as in a floor, boxing, partitions, or the like.
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Pocket

A cavity in a rock containing a nugget of gold, or other mineral; a small body of ore contained in such a cavity.
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Pocket

A strip of canvas, sewn upon a sail so that a batten or a light spar can placed in the interspace.
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Pocket

Same as Pouch.
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Pocket

Any hollow place suggestive of a pocket in form or use;
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Pocket

An isolated group or area which has properties in contrast to the surrounding area; as, a pocket of poverty in an affluent region; pockets of resistance in a conquered territory; a pocket of unemployment in a booming ecomony.
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Pocket

The area from which a quarterback throws a pass, behind the line of scrimmage, delineated by the defensive players of his own team who protect him from attacking opponents; as, he had ample time in the pocket to choose an open receiver.
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Pocket

The part of a baseball glove covering the palm of the wearer's hand.
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Pocket

The space between the head pin and one of the pins in the second row, considered as the optimal point at which to aim the bowling ball in order to get a strike.
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Pocket

To put, or conceal, in the pocket; as, to pocket the change.
He would pocket the expense of the license.
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Pocket

To take clandestinely or fraudulently.
He pocketed pay in the names of men who had long been dead.
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Pocket

A small pouch inside a garment for carrying small articles
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Pocket

An enclosed space;
The trapped miners found a pocket of air
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Pocket

A supply of money;
They dipped into the taxpayers' pockets
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Pocket

(bowling) the space between the headpin and the pins next bnehind it on the right or left;
The ball hit the pocket and gave him a perfect strike
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Pocket

A hollow concave shape made by removing something
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Pocket

A local region of low pressure or descending air that causes a plane to lose height suddenly
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Pocket

A small isolated group of people;
They were concentrated in pockets inside the city
The battle was won except for cleaning up pockets of resistance
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Pocket

(anatomy) saclike structure in any of various animals (as a marsupial or gopher or pelican)
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Pocket

An opening at the corner or on the side of a billiard table into which billiard balls are struck
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Pocket

Put in one's pocket;
He pocketed the change
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Pocket

Take unlawfully
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Pocket

A hollow place or cavity
The pool balls rolled into the pockets of the table.
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Pocket

An enclosed or secluded space
A quaint café was tucked in a little pocket of the city.
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FAQs

Can pockets be on things other than clothes?

Yes, pockets can be on bags, backpacks, and other items.
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Is a pocket always for storing things?

Primarily, yes. Pockets are designed to hold items.
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Can packets hold liquids?

Yes, like packets of sauces or condiments.
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Are packets always tangible?

No, data packets in networks are intangible.
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Are data packets only for the internet?

No, they can be for any digital network.
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Are packets environment-friendly?

It depends on the material. Many are recyclable, but others aren't.
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Is a packet resealable?

Not always, but some packets are designed to be resealed.
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Do all jackets have pockets?

No, some jackets may not have pockets.
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Can a pocket be on the inside of a garment?

Yes, many garments have inner pockets.
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Do packets ensure freshness?

Many packets, especially for food, are designed to preserve freshness.
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Is "packet" used in British English?

Yes, but it can have different connotations, like "packet of crisps."
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Are all pockets visible?

No, some are hidden or designed to be discreet.
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Is "packet" used in nautical terms?

Yes, historically a packet referred to a ship that carried mail.
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Why are some pants without pockets?

It might be for style, cost-saving, or the design of the garment. Some also criticize it as a gendered design choice.
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Can you add pockets to a garment?

Yes, a tailor or seamstress can add pockets.
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What's a "pocketbook"?

It's another term for a purse or small book.
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Can packets be harmful to the environment?

Yes, especially single-use plastic packets can contribute to pollution.
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Can a packet transmit information?

Yes, especially in the context of data packets in networks.
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What's a "pocket watch"?

It's a watch designed to be carried in a pocket, not worn on the wrist.
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Can pockets be decorative and non-functional?

Yes, some pockets are sewn shut and serve a decorative purpose.
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