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.
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]
n : the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning;
distribution according to a plan; "the apportionment of
seats in the House of Representatives is based on the
relative population of each state" [syn: allotment, apportionment,
apportioning, allocation, parceling, assignation]