parcel out


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

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. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
parcel (ˈpɑːsəl)
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)
9.  an archaic word for partly
[C14: from Old French parcelle, from Latin particulaparticle]

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Word Origin & History

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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Idioms & Phrases

parcel out

Divide into parts and distribute, as in She parceled out the remaining candy among the children. This idiom uses parcel in the sense of "divide into small portions." [Mid-1500s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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