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1. Something wrapped up or packaged; a package.
2. A plot of land, usually a division of a larger area.
3. A quantity of merchandise offered for sale.
4. A group or company; a pack: "this youthful parcel of noble bachelors" (Shakespeare).
tr.v. par·celed, par·cel·ing, par·cels also par·celled or par·cel·ling
1. To divide into parts and distribute: parceled out the land to their three children.
2. To make into a parcel; package.
3. Nautical To wind protective strips of canvas around (rope).

[Middle English, from Old French, portion, from Vulgar Latin *particella, diminutive of Latin particula, diminutive of pars, part-, part; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parcelling - the act of distributing by allotting or apportioningparcelling - the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan; "the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state"
grant, subsidisation, subsidization - the act of providing a subsidy
distribution - the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
reallotment, reapportionment, reallocation - a new apportionment (especially a new apportionment of congressional seats in the United States on the basis of census results)
deal - the act of apportioning or distributing something; "the captain was entrusted with the deal of provisions"
rationing - the act of rationing; "during the war the government imposed rationing of food and gasoline"
parcel, portion, share - the allotment of some amount by dividing something; "death gets more than its share of attention from theologians"
References in classic literature ?
And thus have these naked Nantucketers, these sea hermits, issuing from their ant-hill in the sea, overrun and conquered the watery world like so many Alexanders; parcelling out among them the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans, as the three pirate powers did Poland.
The match being proposed in this manner, we married them the same day; and as I was father at the altar, and gave her away, so I gave her a portion; for I appointed her and her husband a handsome large space of ground for their plantation; and indeed this match, and the proposal the young gentleman made to give him a small property in the island, put me upon parcelling it out amongst them, that they might not quarrel afterwards about their situation.