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  • v. Present participle of parcel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Commonwealth, the Protector conceived the idea of parcelling the kingdom into military districts, of which there were _eleven_, -- being precisely the number which it is now proposed, under the favor of success, to establish among us.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 72, October, 1863

  • At sea, the sailors are continually engaged in "parcelling," "serving," and in a thousand ways ornamenting and repairing the numberless shrouds and stays; mending sails, or turning one side of the deck into a rope-walk, where they manufacture a clumsy sort of twine, called spun-yarn.

    Redburn. His First Voyage

  • Lehman's were 'parcelling' this debt and selling it on with the AAA rating.

    The Guardian World News

  • He runs to new and ever-more-humiliating confrontations across half the island in a pair of deeply emasculating, ever-flapping deck shoes, suffering insult from his angry, grieving father-in-law Robert Forster, and psychic injury when he learns that his cuckold will likely make a mint in fees from parcelling out Matt's land once it's sold.

    Alexander Payne's The Descendants – not just for the kids, thankfully

  • The parcelling up of voters will be based on the electoral roll as it stands next month, and the 3.5 million are unlikely be registered in time.

    3.5m voters missing from electoral register

  • Nothing of my own to show today - busy day with a cup of tea with friends in the morning, then my daytime quilt group and in the afternoon I spent a lot of time reading email and parcelling up swaps and things to go in the post - amazing how much time that can take.

    Thursday stuff

  • While diplomats seek to save the world in Copenhagen, this more traditional conference will seek to award concessions parcelling out the country with the third largest oil reserves, home to an estimated 115bn barrels of oil.

    James Denselow: Iraq hits Black Gold

  • Given the promise of instantaneous diffusion we can move to a system of exchanging intellectual work for money, instead of parcelling it into discrete copies whose price is protected by an anachronistic monopoly.

    The Pirate Bay vs Them – rematch

  • Insects on land and crustaceans in the sea seem to be champions at diversifying into thousands of species, parcelling up the niches, changing costumes through evolutionary time with frolicsome abandon.


  • As he did with one of the staged shots in Act 2, he seems to be acting as the "prop master", parcelling out the bodies to the actors.

    Part 5 - Act 3: The camera runs - Scene 1


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