• WordNet 3.6
    • v parcel make into a wrapped container
    • v parcel cover with strips of canvas "parcel rope"
    • v parcel divide into parts "The developers parceled the land"
    • n parcel the allotment of some amount by dividing something "death gets more than its share of attention from theologians"
    • n parcel a wrapped container
    • n parcel a collection of things wrapped or boxed together
    • n parcel an extended area of land
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The United Parcel Service shipped the killer whale Keiko (star of Disney movie "Free Willy") from Mexico City to Newport, Oregon in 1998
    • Parcel A number or quantity of things put up together; a bundle; a package; a packet. "'Tis like a parcel sent you by the stage."
    • Parcel (Law) A part; a portion; a piece; as, a certain piece of land is part and parcel of another piece.
    • Parcel A portion of anything taken separately; a fragment of a whole; a part. "A parcel of her woe.""Two parcels of the white of an egg.""The parcels of the nation adopted different forms of self-government."
    • Parcel An indiscriminate or indefinite number, measure, or quantity; a collection; a group. "This youthful parcel Of noble bachelors stand at my disposing."
    • a. & adv Parcel Part or half; in part; partially. "The worthy dame was parcel -blind.""One that . . . was parcel -bearded [partially bearded]."
    • Parcel To add a parcel or item to; to itemize. "That mine own servant should Parcel the sum of my disgraces by
      Addition of his envy."
    • Parcel 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.""The broad woodland parceled into farms."
    • Parcel To make up into a parcel; as, to parcel a customer's purchases; the machine parcels yarn, wool, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A United Parcel Service delivery person typically makes up to 300 pickups or deliveries a day. That compares to someone doing 600 sets of step aerobics a day.
    • n parcel A part, either taken separately or belonging to a whole. A share; a portion.
    • n parcel A separable, separate, or distinct part or portion or section, as of land.
    • n parcel A constituent or integral part: used frequently in the phrase part and parcel.
    • n parcel A fragment; piece; bit.
    • n parcel An item or particular; a detail.
    • n parcel An indefinite number, quantity, or measure forming a group, mass, or lot: as, a parcel of fools; a parcel of rubbish.
    • n parcel 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 parcel 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 parcel Same as parceling, 1.
    • parcel To divide into parts or portions: generally with out.
    • parcel To particularize; specify.
    • parcel To cover with strips of canvas; wrap with parceling.
    • parcel Partly; in part; partially; to some extent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Parcel pär′sel a little part: a portion: a quantity, as of single articles: a number forming a group or a lot: a package
    • v.t Parcel to divide into portions:—pr.p. par′celling; pa.t. and pa.p. par′celled
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  • Thomas Mann
    “The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life.”
  • John Webster
    John Webster
    “Fortune's a right whore. If she give ought, she deals it in small parcels, that she may take away all at one swoop.”
  • John Howe
    John Howe
    “What a folly it is to dread the thought of throwing away life at once, and yet have no regard to throwing it away by parcels and piecemeal.”


Part and parcel - If something is part and parcel of your job, say, it is an essential and unavoidable part that has to be accepted.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. parcelle, a small part, fr. (assumed) LL. particella, dim. of L. pars,. See Part (n.), and cf. Particle


In literature:

Ben took his parcel to a table, and, after breaking off the sealing wax, began carefully to examine the knot, and then to untie it.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
There were parcels to take up, parcels to set down, and the horses to water.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
No mail, parcels, writing or exercise was permitted the prisoners during that time, and the already scanty rations were cut.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
Parcel after parcel, daintily wrapped and tied, was given to Patty, and, of course, the Farringtons had many more.
"Patty's Success" by Carolyn Wells
When she was going away, they gave her a small parcel.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
The children were playing on the lawn, when Captain Vallery appeared followed by a man carrying a large parcel.
"Norman Vallery" by W.H.G. Kingston
One day a letter and a parcel came for Juliet.
"Littlebourne Lock" by F. Bayford Harrison
Tanqueray carried the old one in a paper parcel.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
On the deck, a heap of luggage and parcels made a sort of nest for them.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
Griggs took the parcel back to his work-room, and stood by the window looking at the address on the note.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford

In poetry:

I am a parcel of vain strivings tied
By a chance bond together,
Dangling this way and that, their links
Were made so loose and wide,
For milder weather.
"I Am A Parcel Of Vain Strivings Tied" by Henry David Thoreau
"In thy sacred and perfect year,
The souls that were parcel of thee
In the labour and life of us here
Shall be rays of thy sovereign sphere,
Springs of thy motion shall be.
"Tenebrae" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
How we'd know when the parcels were hid in a drawer,
Or things taken out that one never sees more;
What people come in and go out of the door,
That we never see from the window!
"What Miss Edith Saw From Her Window" by Francis Bret Harte
The little parcel, which Patriarch bought,
Better than Joram's sin-stain'd kingdom throve,
And those few sheep which Jacob justly got,
Than all the flocks the guileful Laban drove.
"An Admonition To A Sick Person, To Make His Will In Time, And To Dispose Of His Effects In The Fear " by Rees Prichard
And the feller said 'Eh, but what's more
I've just heard that the old Baron up at the Castle
Says, him as kills Dragon can marry his daughter,
She's lovely and she's worth a parcel.'
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee
Of these hills the little vessel
Henceforth is part and parcel;
And on Bearcamp shall her log
Be kept, as if by George’s
Or Grand Menan, the surges
Tossed her skipper through the fog.
"Voyage of the Jettie" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The parcel is now open to offers from any interested buyers.
A 12-acre parcel of land in Los Angeles' ritzy Bel-Air neighborhood is up for sale, making it potentially the highest-priced single family home site in America.
In 1979, Bill Parcells was hired as the New York Giants' linebackers coach.
Yes, Parcells has been backing in and out of jobs for two decades.
That slogan might now be saturating the advertising landscape if United Parcel Service co-founder James Casey had gotten his way in 1915.
IT has nothing to do with his generous waistline, but Bill Parcells seems to be two people.
Issue 16 asked voters to rezone three parcels, totaling less than 1 acre, from C-3 office space to A-1 residential.
Oakland Zoo's Measure A1 parcel tax falls short of two-thirds majority to pass.
The Oakland Zoo's Measure A1 parcel tax -- one of the fiercest battles on the Nov 6 ballot -- appears to have come up short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass.
One of last big 'privately held, timber, recreational' parcels.
Large undeveloped parcels being sold in online auction.
These parcels are just a few of the latest purchased by Amway.
Pittsburg would then apply to the Local Agency Formation Commission to annex the parcel.
It appears the long-awaited clean up of arsenic -contaminated soil from a 26-acre parcel at that address is poised to begin any day now.
The board approved the transfer of three parcels of property to the state Department of Transportation, in order to make improvements to the intersection of US 119 and State Route 705 on the Mileground in Morgantown.

In science:

The collision of gas parcels causes shock and the collided gas parcels are arbitrarily assumed to merge with each other (actually move together side by side with very small fixed distances in the simu lation, sticky particles).
Envelope density pattern around wide binary AGB stars: a dynamical model
The velocity of the merged gas parcels is determined by conservation of momentum.
Envelope density pattern around wide binary AGB stars: a dynamical model
The spatial distribution of all gas parcels represents the 3D density distribution of out- flowing material in the AGB envelope.
Envelope density pattern around wide binary AGB stars: a dynamical model
Projection of the 3 D distribution of gas parcels onto any specified sky plane prod uces a column density pattern.
Envelope density pattern around wide binary AGB stars: a dynamical model
In the numerical simulation, each gas parcel is ejected at normalized position ˜l( ˜t) with the constant normalized speed γ + ˜Vl ( ˜t) (with γ = Ve /ωap being a velocity ratio).
Envelope density pattern around wide binary AGB stars: a dynamical model