Par"cel (?), n. [F. parcelle a small part, fr. (assumed) LL. particella, dim. of L. pars. See Part, n., and cf. Particle.]


A portion of anything taken separately; a fragment of a whole; a part.

[Archaic] "A parcel of her woe."


Two parcels of the white of an egg. Arbuthnot.

The parcels of the nation adopted different forms of self-government. J. A. Symonds.

2. Law

A part; a portion; a piece; as, a certain piece of land is part and parcel of another piece.


An indiscriminate or indefinite number, measure, or quantity; a collection; a group.

This youthful parcel Of noble bachelors stand at my disposing. Shak.


A number or quantity of things put up together; a bundle; a package; a packet.

'Tis like a parcel sent you by the stage. Cowper.

Bill of parcels. See under 6th Bill. -- Parcel office, an office where parcels are received for keeping or forwarding and delivery. -- Parcel post, that department of the post office concerned with the collection and transmission of parcels. -- Part and parcel. See under Part.


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Par"cel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Parceled (?) or Parcelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Parceling or Parcelling.]


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.


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. Shak.


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.


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Par"cel, a. & adv.

Part or half; in part; partially. Shak. [Sometimes hyphened with the word following.]

The worthy dame was parcel-blind. Sir W. Scott.

One that . . . was parcel-bearded [partially bearded]. Tennyson.

Parcel poet, a half poet; a poor poet. [Obs.]

B. Jonson.


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