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parcel

[pahr-suhl]
noun
1.
an object, article, container, or quantity of something wrapped or packed up; small package; bundle.
2.
a quantity or unit of something, as of a commodity for sale; lot.
3.
a group, collection, or assemblage of persons or things.
4.
a distinct, continuous portion or tract of land.
5.
a part, portion, or fragment.
verb (used with object), parceled, parceling or (especially British) parcelled, parcelling.
6.
to divide into or distribute in parcels or portions (usually followed by out ).
7.
to make into a parcel or wrap as a parcel.
8.
Nautical. to cover or wrap (a rope) with strips of canvas.
adverb
9.
Archaic. in part; partially.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French parcelle < Late Latin *particella, fresh formation for Latin particula; see particle, passel

unparceled, adjective
unparcelled, adjective
unparcelling, adjective


1. See package. 3. batch, assortment. 6. mete, apportion, deal, allot.
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parcel (ˈpɑːsəl)
 
n
1.  something wrapped up; package
2.  a group of people or things having some common characteristic
3.  a quantity of some commodity offered for sale; lot
4.  a distinct portion of land
5.  an essential part of something (esp in the phrase part and parcel)
 
vb , -cels, -celling, -celled, -cels, -celing, -celed
6.  (often foll by up) to make a parcel of; wrap up
7.  (often foll by out) to divide (up) into portions
8.  nautical to bind strips of canvas around (a rope)
 
adv
9.  an archaic word for partly
 
[C14: from Old French parcelle, from Latin particulaparticle]

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parcel
c.1300, "part" (sense preserved in phrase parcel of land), from O.Fr. parcelle "small piece, particle, parcel," from V.L. *particella, dim. of L. particula, dim. of pars (gen. partis) "part" (see part). Meaning "package" is first recorded c.1645. The verb meaning "to divide
into small portions" is from 1584.
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