parcel

noun
par·​cel | \ˈpär-səl \

Definition of parcel 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a tract or plot of land a parcel of real estate

2a : a wrapped bundle : package The parcel was shipped today.

b : a unit of salable merchandise a parcel in an auction

3 : a company, collection, or group of persons, animals, or things : lot The whole story was a parcel of lies. a parcel of giddy young kids— Mark Twain

4a : fragment, portion sold his stocks by parcels

b : a volume of a fluid (such as air) considered as a single entity within a greater volume of the same fluid

parcel

verb
parceled or parcelled; parceling or parcelling\ˈpär-​s(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of parcel (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to divide into parts : distribute often used with out

2 : to make up into a parcel : wrap

3 : to cover (something, such as a rope) with strips of canvas or tape

parcel

adjective

Definition of parcel (Entry 3 of 4)

parcel

adverb

Definition of parcel (Entry 4 of 4)

archaic

: partly

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Examples of parcel in a Sentence

Noun

a parcel of real estate her absurd explanation for the collision was a parcel of lies

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The two parcels of land are just a few square kilometers (square miles) that have been used by Israelis for decades. Alon Bernstein, The Seattle Times, "Israeli farmers concerned about Jordan ending land lease," 22 Oct. 2018 The rezoning of Crossroads East will allow 6,969 residential units, which is a 51 percent increase in residential units across the parcel and increase the maximum height of commercial buildings. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Nationwide Insurance project could bring development to 1,000 acres of Scottsdale desert," 21 June 2018 In the morning, dozens of parents descend on a two-acre parcel of grass and erect temporary backstops and dugouts. Jacob Bogage, chicagotribune.com, "The Red Sox and Yankees will play in London. But what do the British actually know about baseball?," 9 May 2018 At issue in the appeal was the value of the entire 19-acre parcel and home on Jan. 1, 2017. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Matt Bevin's Anchorage home now valued at almost twice what he paid in controversial deal," 27 Apr. 2018 Neighbor thoughts During public comments plan commission meeting, residents expressed concerns about the parcel and the plan. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Although on the cusp of rejuvenation, abandoned South Milwaukee bowling alley becoming a trouble spot, neighbors say," 24 Apr. 2018 The land is made up of six parcels and has long been owned by Hi-Oaks LLC, an organization run by the Clayton family, according to state records. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Seminole residents alarmed by re-emergence of plan to build hundreds of homes in rural area," 24 Apr. 2018 Woodbridge bought the one-acre parcel and building for $151,750 in January. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Planned Manchester Mill Conversion Passes Zoning Hurdle," 4 Apr. 2018 One of the most impressive sights is the four miles of stone walls of various shapes and sizes that cross the parcel and travel over hills and ledges. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A Swath Of Land Helping To Preserve 1,000 Acres In Southeastern Connecticut," 1 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The shape of the house is simple—just a rectangular volume—but it’s been cleverly parceled into an interesting flow of rooms and spaces, including a large outdoor patio that feels like an extension of the living room. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern prefab house was constructed in a month," 28 Aug. 2018 As in the Dead Space games, information about the crew and the events that led them to evacuate the Origin are parceled out in the form of recordings and computer data. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "YouTube’s tech-noir series Origin is Lost… in space," 14 Nov. 2018 In the late nineteenth century, many saw physical energy as a finite resource that had to be carefully parceled out, not a power that could be renewed through exercise. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 This week, the Madison-area Democrat will make his legislative push. introducing a bill in the House of Representatives to end ICE and set up a commission to parcel out essential enforcement duties to other agencies. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mark Pocan push to abolish ICE reverberates in Wisconsin U.S. Senate race," 9 July 2018 Rising indebtedness has been accompanied by looser lending standards, leading to a surge in high-risk lending, the central bank said, a large share of which is being parceled into securitized assets sold to investors world-wide. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "BOE Warns of Growing Risks in Global Debt Markets," 27 June 2018 Under California law, local tax increases that contribute to general funding can win with a simple majority vote, while special taxes earmarked for a specific purpose, such as fixing roads, and parcel taxes already require two-thirds. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Soda, oil companies back initiative to limit taxes in California | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Apr. 2018 As a member of the National Indian Defense Association, Weldon was a fierce opponent of the Dawes Act, which sought to divide and conquer Native American tribes by literally parcelling out their land. refinery29.com, "Finally, A Western That's Not About A Dude & His Horse," 26 June 2018 In a meta twist, the way the various revelations are parceled out in episodes of The Staircase has made the series a cultural touchstone in its own right, to the point where it was parodied in an NBC sitcom starring John Lithgow. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Queasy Verdict of The Staircase," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of parcel

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parcel

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French parcele, from Vulgar Latin *particella, from Latin particula small part — more at particle

Verb

see parcel entry 1

Adjective

see parcel entry 1

Adverb

see parcel entry 1

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parcel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of parcel

: a section or area of land

: a box or large envelope that is usually given, sent, or delivered to a person

parcel

noun
par·​cel | \ˈpär-səl \

Kids Definition of parcel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a plot of land

parcel

verb
parceled or parcelled; parceling or parcelling

Kids Definition of parcel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to divide and give out by parts We parceled out the candy.

parcel

noun
par·​cel | \ˈpär-səl \

Legal Definition of parcel 

: a tract or plot of land

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