1. [syn: allotment, apportionment, apportioning, allocation, parceling, parcelling, assignation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Parcel \Par"cel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Parceledor Parcelled;
p. pr. & vb. n. Parceling or Parcelling.]
1. To divide and distribute by parts or portions; -- often
with out or into. "Their woes are parceled, mine are
These ghostly kings would parcel out my power.
The broad woodland parceled into farms. --Tennyson.
2. To add a parcel or item to; to itemize. [R.]
That mine own servant should
Parcel the sum of my disgraces by
Addition of his envy. --Shak.
3. To make up into a parcel; as, to parcel a customer's
purchases; the machine parcels yarn, wool, etc.
To parcel a rope (Naut.), to wind strips of tarred canvas
tightly arround it. --Totten.
To parcel a seam (Naut.), to cover it with a strip of
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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" [syn: allotment,
apportionment, apportioning, allocation, parceling,