verb (used with object), par·celed, par·cel·ing or (especially British) par·celled, par·cel·ling.
- parcel gilding,
- parcel out,
- parcel post,
- parcel tanker,
Origin of parcel
Examples from the Web for parceled
That, of course, was always the plan—Netflix ordered two seasons from the outset, and Willimon parceled out his story accordingly.‘House of Cards’ Season Two Review: Even More Bingeworthy Than the First|Andrew Romano|February 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or perhaps poetic justice demands that the life of an unstoppably prolix author be parceled out in multiple, overlapping volumes.
For companies in the U.S., IP addresses are parceled out by the American Registry for Internet Numbers.
Grant called out the groups of seven and each lodging house, tenement and car on the railroad siding was parceled out to a group.In the Heart of a Fool|William Allen White
And so the division of reporters continues until all the sources of news have been parceled out.News Writing|M. Lyle Spencer
Beneath the skull was lying a heavy braid of auburn hair, which was parceled out among the villagers.Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast|Samuel Adams Drake
To such teachers, education is not parceled out in terms of years but is a continuous process, even as life itself.The Vitalized School|Francis B. Pearson
It had considerable amount of wampum in its belt, which was parceled out to the members in good standing.Redmanship in Kentucky for Fifty Great Suns|Frank L. Smith
verb -cels, -celling or -celled or US -cels, -celing or -celed (tr)
Word Origin for parcel
"to divide into small portions," early 15c. (with out), from parcel (n.). Related: Parceled; parcelled; parceling; parcelling.
late 14c., "a portion of something, a part" (sense preserved in phrase parcel of land, c.1400), from Old French parcele "small piece, particle, parcel," from Vulgar Latin *particella, diminutive of Latin particula "small part, little bit," itself a diminutive of pars (genitive partis) "part" (see part (n.)).
Meaning "package" is first recorded 1640s, earlier "a quantity of goods in a package" (mid-15c.), from late 14c. sense of "an amount or quantity of anything." The expression part and parcel (early 15c.) also preserves the older sense; both words mean the same, the multiplicity is for emphasis.
In addition to the idiom beginning with parcel
- parcel out
- part and parcel