parceling

[ pahr-suh-ling ]
/ ˈpɑr sə lɪŋ /

noun

the act of separating or dividing into parts and distributing; allotting or apportioning.
Nautical. strips of canvas, usually coated with tar, for wrapping around a rope to protect it.

Origin of parceling

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at parcel, -ing1

Related forms

un·par·cel·ing, adjective

Definition for parceling (2 of 2)

parcel

[ pahr-suh l ]
/ ˈpɑr səl /

noun

verb (used with object), par·celed, par·cel·ing or (especially British) par·celled, par·cel·ling.

adverb

Archaic. in part; partially.

Origin of parcel

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French parcelle < Late Latin *particella, fresh formation for Latin particula; see particle, passel

SYNONYMS FOR parcel

1 See package.
3 batch, assortment.
6 mete, apportion, deal, allot.

Related forms

un·par·celed, adjectiveun·par·celled, adjectiveun·par·cel·ling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for parceling

parcel

/ (ˈpɑːsəl) /

noun

verb -cels, -celling or -celled or US -cels, -celing or -celed (tr)

adverb

an archaic word for partly

Word Origin for parcel

C14: from Old French parcelle, from Latin particula particle
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Idioms and Phrases with parceling

parcel


In addition to the idiom beginning with parcel

  • parcel out

also see:

  • part and parcel
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