I. parcel par‧cel 1 [ˈpɑːsl ǁ ˈpɑːr-] noun [countable]
1. TRANSPORT an object or objects, packed together and wrapped up ready to be sent somewhere ; = PACKAGE:

• The next lot of parcels is being delivered tomorrow.

• the train company's parcel service.

parcel post (= a mail service for collecting and delivering parcels )

2. PROPERTY a piece of land that is one of several parts of a larger area of land:

• The company owns 76 parcels of industrial land in 23 states.

• HTV is redeveloping a 21-acre parcel of land close to its studios.

3. FINANCE a set of related shares etc that are all sold or bought at the same time:

• They sold a big parcel of shares last week for £82.6 million.

  [m0] II. parcel parcel 2 verb parcelled PTandPPX parcelling PRESPARTX parceled PTandPPX parceling PRESPARTX
parcel something → out phrasal verb [transitive]
to divide something into several parts, especially in order to share it between several people:

• Farmers argue that parcelling out commercial farmland into small plots will reduce productivity.

• Savers may withdraw up to $600 from their accounts and any balances will be parceled out in 12 monthly instalments.

parcel something → up phrasal verb [transitive] TRANSPORT
to make something into a parcel by wrapping it, usually to send it somewhere

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parcel UK US /ˈpɑːsəl/ noun [C]
(UK an object or collection of objects wrapped in paper, especially so that it can be sent by post: »

There were several parcels waiting for her in the post room.

FINANCE a collection of things, for example investments, that are sold and bought together: »

The parcel of shares is worth between €2,000 and €3,000.

PROPERTY, MEASURES a unit representing an area of land that is made up of smaller parts, usually acres: »

A 100-acre parcel in Texas was one of five sites selected for development.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Parcel — Par cel, n. [F. parcelle a small part, fr. (assumed) LL. particella, dim. of L. pars. See {Part}, n., and cf. {Particle}.] 1. A portion of anything taken separately; a fragment of a whole; a part. [Archaic] A parcel of her woe. Chaucer. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Parcel — Par cel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Parceled}or {Parcelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Parceling} or {Parcelling}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To divide and distribute by parts or portions; often with out or into. Their woes are parceled, mine are general. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parcel up — ˌparcel ˈup [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they parcel up he/she/it parcels up present participle parcelling up past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • parcel — par·cel / pär səl/ n: a tract or plot of land Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. parcel I …   Law dictionary

  • Parcel — Par cel, a. & adv. Part or half; in part; partially. Shak. [Sometimes hyphened with the word following.] [1913 Webster] The worthy dame was parcel blind. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] One that . . . was parcel bearded [partially bearded]. Tennyson …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • parcel — [pär′səl] n. [ME < MFr parcelle < LL * particella, for L particula: see PARTICLE] 1. a small, wrapped bundle; package 2. a quantity or unit of some commodity put up for sale 3. a group or collection; pack; bunch [a parcel of fools] 4. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Parcel — may refer to: * Lot (real estate), a piece of land * Air parcel, a concept in atmospheric thermodynamics * A package, sent through the mail * An object used in the game Pass the parcel …   Wikipedia

  • parcel — ► NOUN 1) an object or collection of objects wrapped in paper in order to be carried or sent by post. 2) a quantity or amount of something, in particular land. ► VERB (parcelled, parcelling; US parceled, parceling) 1) make (something) into a par …   English terms dictionary

  • parcel# — parcel n 1 *part, portion, piece, detail, member, division, section, segment, sector, fraction, fragment 2 *bundle, bunch, pack, package, packet, bale 3 *group, cluster, bunch, lot Analogous words: collection, assemblage (see under GATHER): * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • parcel — Mail that does not meet the mail processing category of letter size mail or flat size mail. It is usually enclosed in a mailing container such as a carton. (Also see irregular parceland machinable parcel.) …   Glossary of postal terms

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