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

Carlson is proposing to divide the land into eight lots: six house lots ranging from 0.58 to 1.4 acres; a 3.7-acre parcel containing an existing home and barns; and 2.84 acres as open space. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Housing Development Proposed In Manchester Near Glastonbury Line," 12 July 2018 Parcel by parcel, land trusts such as Natural Lands have become a force in the region, cobbling together large, complex deals such as Bryn Coed. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "With thousands of acres, millions of dollars, land trusts are a force in local development," 14 June 2018 In Manhattan, the park district paid $701,500 for the 78-acre parcel on Smith Road, and Spiess Farms purchased 100 acres at 16462 W. Manhattan Road for $1,250,000. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "No sale on Lincoln-Way high school property," 21 May 2018 Pressure on Israel to solve its conflict with the Palestinians, who share the same small parcel of land between the Mediterranean and Jordan river, has eased. The Economist, "Israel at 70," 17 May 2018 Lazenby acquired the first parcel, which included the adobe house, roughly 40 years ago, records show. Neal J. Leitereg, Jack Flemming And Lauren Beale, sacbee, "Taylor Swift is selling this midcentury home in Beverly Hills. It's yours for $2.95 million | The Sacramento Bee," 13 May 2018 The city annexed the land, along with several other parcels, in an Aug. 31 vote. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "H-E-B plans distribution center on San Antonio’s East Side, adding 300 jobs," 10 May 2018 In addition to the Hastings parcel, the city is also to transfer unimproved park space near Kirk Avenue and Kramer Street. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin may soon finalize deal to transfer land to Hanover Township for park use," 3 May 2018 The warehouse parcel is about 43 acres, but the southern 12 acres are zoned for manufacturing. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora council approves final part of West Corporate Center," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 That’s because users are not parceled out individually, but rather as constituents of large populations—tuba players, or owners of diabetic cats. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Much Money Facebook Gets From Selling Your Data," 19 June 2018 Harms said, after the district bought the hotel parcel outright. Marci Shatzman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Demolitions to make way for new public golf course in Boca," 19 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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