from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something wrapped up or packaged; a package.
- n. A plot of land, usually a division of a larger area.
- n. A quantity of merchandise offered for sale.
- n. A group or company; a pack: "this youthful parcel of noble bachelors” ( Shakespeare).
- transitive v. To divide into parts and distribute: parceled out the land to their three children.
- transitive v. To make into a parcel; package.
- transitive v. Nautical To wind protective strips of canvas around (rope).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A package wrapped for shipment.
- n. An individual consignment of cargo for shipment, regardless of size and form.
- n. A division of land bought and sold as a unit.
- n. A group of birds.
- n. A group of people.
- n. A small amount of food that has been wrapped up, for example a pastry.
- v. To wrap something up into the form of a package.
- v. To wrap a strip around the end of a rope.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A portion of anything taken separately; a fragment of a whole; a part.
- n. A part; a portion; a piece.
- n. An indiscriminate or indefinite number, measure, or quantity; a collection; a group.
- n. A number or quantity of things put up together; a bundle; a package; a packet.
- transitive v. To divide and distribute by parts or portions; -- often with out or into.
- transitive v. To add a parcel or item to; to itemize.
- transitive v. To make up into a parcel
- Part or half; in part; partially.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A part, either taken separately or belonging to a whole.
- n. A separable, separate, or distinct part or portion or section, as of land.
- n. A constituent or integral part: used frequently in the phrase part and parcel.
- n. A fragment; piece; bit.
- n. An item or particular; a detail.
- n. An indefinite number, quantity, or measure forming a group, mass, or lot: as, a parcel of fools; a parcel of rubbish.
- n. A number of things wrapped or otherwise put up together; a package, containing a number of articles or a single one; a small bundle.
- n. plural In law, that part of a deed or conveyance which describes the property conveyed, together with the boundaries thereof, in order to its easy identification.
- n. Same as parceling, 1.
- To divide into parts or portions: generally with out.
- To particularize; specify.
- To cover with strips of canvas; wrap with parceling.
- Partly; in part; partially; to some extent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an extended area of land
- v. cover with strips of canvas
- n. the allotment of some amount by dividing something
- n. a collection of things wrapped or boxed together
- n. a wrapped container
- v. make into a wrapped container
- v. divide into parts
Middle English, from Old French, portion, from Vulgar Latin *particella, diminutive of Latin particula, diminutive of pars, part-, part; see perə-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French parcelle ("a small piece or part, a parcel, a particle"), from Medieval Latin particella, contr. parcella ("a parcel"), dim. of Latin particula ("particle"), diminutive of pars ("part, piece"). (Wiktionary)