1. A portion of anything taken separately; a fragment of a whole; a part. [Archaic] “A parcel of her woe.”
Two parcels of the white of an egg. --Arbuthnot.
The parcels of the nation adopted different forms of self-government. --J. A. Symonds.
2. Law A part; a portion; a piece; as, a certain piece of land is part and parcel of another piece.
3. An indiscriminate or indefinite number, measure, or quantity; a collection; a group.
This youthful parcel
Of noble bachelors stand at my disposing. --Shak.
4. A number or quantity of things put up together; a bundle; a package; a packet.
'Tis like a parcel sent you by the stage. --Cowper.
Bill of parcels. See under 6th Bill.
Parcel office, an office where parcels are received for keeping or forwarding and delivery.
Parcel post, that department of the post office concerned with the collection and transmission of parcels; also, the transmission through the parcel post deparment; as, to send a package by parcel post. See parcel post in the vocabulary.
Part and parcel. See under Part.
Par·cel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Parceled or Parcelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Parceling or Parcelling.]
1. To divide and distribute by parts or portions; -- often with out or into. “Their woes are parceled, mine are general.”
These ghostly kings would parcel out my power. --Dryden.
The broad woodland parceled into farms. --Tennyson.
2. To add a parcel or item to; to itemize. [R.]
That mine own servant should
Parcel the sum of my disgraces by
Addition of his envy. --Shak.
3. To make up into a parcel; as, to parcel a customer's purchases; the machine parcels yarn, wool, etc.
To parcel a rope Naut., to wind strips of tarred canvas tightly arround it. --Totten.
To parcel a seam Naut., to cover it with a strip of tarred canvas.
Par·cel, a. & adv. Part or half; in part; partially. --Shak. [Sometimes hyphened with the word following.]
The worthy dame was parcel-blind. --Sir W. Scott.
One that . . . was parcel-bearded [partially bearded]. --Tennyson.
Parcel poet, a half poet; a poor poet. [Obs.]
n 1: a wrapped container [syn: package]
2: the result of parcelling out or sharing; "death gets more
than its share of attention from theologicans" [syn: portion,
3: an extended area of land [syn: tract, piece of land, piece
of ground, parcel of land]
4: a collection of things wrapped or boxed together [syn: package,
v 1: divide into parts; "The developers parceled the land"
2: cover with strips of canvas; "parcel rope"
3: make into a wrapped container
[also: parcelling, parcelled]