|Parcel Par"cel noun
[ French parcelle
a small part, from (assumed) Late Latin particella
, dim. of Latin pars
. See Part
, and confer Particle
.] 1. A portion of anything taken separately; a fragment of a whole; a part.
[ Archaic] "A parcel
of her woe." Chaucer.
Two parcels of the white of an egg. Arbuthnot.
The parcels of the nation adopted different forms of self-government. J. A. Symonds. 2. (Law) A part; a portion; a piece; as, a certain piece of land is part and parcel of another piece. 3. An indiscriminate or indefinite number, measure, or quantity; a collection; a group.
This youthful parcel Shak. 4. A number or quantity of things put up together; a bundle; a package; a packet.
Of noble bachelors stand at my disposing.
'Tis like a parcel sent you by the stage. Cowper. Bill of parcels
. See under 6th Bill .
-- Parcel office
, an office where parcels are received for keeping or forwarding and delivery.
-- Parcel post
, that department of the post office concerned with the collection and transmission of parcels.
-- Part and parcel
. See under Part .
Parcel Par"cel transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Parceled
; present participle & verbal noun Parceling
.] 1. To divide and distribute by parts or portions; -- often with out or into .
"Their woes are parceled
, mine are general." Shak.
These ghostly kings would parcel out my power. Dryden.
The broad woodland parceled into farms. Tennyson. 2. To add a parcel or item to; to itemize.
That mine own servant should 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 (Nautical)
Parcel the sum of my disgraces by
Addition of his envy.
, to wind strips of tarred canvas tightly arround it. Totten.
-- To parcel a seam (Nautical)
, to cover it with a strip of tarred canvas.
Parcel Par"cel adjective & adverb Part or half; in part; partially. Shak. [ Sometimes hyphened with the word following.]
The worthy dame was parcel -blind. Sir W. Scott.
One that . . . was parcel -bearded [ partially bearded]. Tennyson. Parcel poet
, a half poet; a poor poet.
[ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
Parcel post Par"cel post That branch of the post office having to do with the collection, transmission, and delivery of parcels. The British Inland Parcel Post was established in 1883. The present rates, dating from 1897, are 3d. for parcels not exceeding one pound and 1d. for each additional pound up to the limit of 10 pounds. A general parcel post was established in the United States by Act of August 24, 1912, which took effect Jan. 1, 1913. Parcels must not exceed 11 pounds in weight nor 72 inches in length and girth combined. Provision is made from insuring parcels up to $50.00, and also for sending parcels C.O.D. The rates of postage vary with the distance. See Zone , below.
Parcel-mele Par"cel-mele` adverb [ See Parcel , and Meal a part.] By parcels or parts. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Parceling Par"cel·ing noun [ Written also parcelling .] 1. The act of dividing and distributing in portions or parts. 2. (Nautical) Long, narrow slips of canvas daubed with tar and wound about a rope like a bandage, before it is served; used, also, in mousing on the stayes, etc.
Parcenary Par"ce·na·ry noun [ See Parcener , partner .] (Law) The holding or occupation of an inheritable estate which descends from the ancestor to two or more persons; coheirship. » It differs in many respects from joint tenancy , which is created by deed or devise. In the United States there is no essential distinction between parcenary and tenancy in common. Wharton. Kent.
Parcener Par"ce·ner noun [ Of. parçonnier , parsonnier , from parzon , parçun , parcion , part, portion, from Latin partitio a division. See Partition , and confer Partner .] (Law) A coheir, or one of two or more persons to whom an estate of inheritance descends jointly, and by whom it is held as one estate.
(pärch) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Parched
; present participle & verbal noun Parching
.] [ Middle English perchen
to pierce, hence used of a piercing heat or cold, Old French perchier
, another form of percier
, French percer
. See Pierce
.] 1. To burn the surface of; to scorch; to roast over the fire, as dry grain; as, to parch the skin; to parch corn.
Ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn. Lev. xxiii. 14. 2. To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat; as, the mouth is parched from fever.
The ground below is parched . Dryden.
Parch Parch intransitive verb To become scorched or superficially burnt; to be very dry. " Parch in Afric sun." Shak.
Parchedness Parch"ed·ness noun The state of being parched.
Parcheesi Par·chee"si noun See Pachisi .
Parchesi Par·che"si (pär*chē"zĭ) noun See Pachisi .
Parching Parch"ing (pärch"ĭng) adjective Scorching; burning; drying. "Summer's parching heat." Shak. -- Parch"ing*ly , adverb
[ Middle English parchemin
, French parchemin
, Late Latin pergamenum
, Latin pergamena
, from Latin Pergamenus
of or belonging to Pergamus
an ancient city of Mysia in Asia Minor, where parchment was first used.] 1. The skin of a lamb, sheep, goat, young calf, or other animal, prepared for writing on. See Vellum .
But here's a parchment with the seal of Cæsar. Shak. 2. The envelope of the coffee grains, inside the pulp. Parchment paper
. See Papyrine .
Parchmentize Parch"ment·ize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle -ized ; present participle & verbal noun -izing .] To convert to a parchmentlike substance, esp. by sulphuric acid.
Parcity Par"ci·ty noun [ Latin parcitas , from parcus sparing.] Sparingless. [ Obsolete]
Parclose Par"close noun [ Old French See Perclose .] (Eccl. Arch.) A screen separating a chapel from the body of the church. [ Written also paraclose and perclose .] Hook.
Parcæ Par"cæ noun plural [ Latin ] The Fates. See Fate , 4.
[ Latin pardus
, Greek pa`rdos
; confer Sanskrit prdāku
tiger, panther.] (Zoology) A leopard; a panther.
And more pinch-spotted make them Shak.
Than pard or cat o'mountain.
Pardale Par"dale (pär"dal) noun [ Latin pardalis , Greek pa`rdalis . Confer Pard .] (Zoology) A leopard. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Parde, Pardie Par·de", Par·die" adverb or interj.
[ French pardi
, for par Dieu
by God.] Certainly; surely; truly; verily; -- originally an oath.
[ Written also pardee
, etc.] [ Obsolete]
He was, parde , an old fellow of yours. Chaucer.
Pardine Par"dine adjective (Zoology) Spotted like a pard. Pardine lynx (Zoology) , a species of lynx ( Felis pardina ) inhabiting Southern Europe. Its color is rufous, spotted with black.
Pardo Par"do noun [ Portuguese pardao , from Sanskrit pratāpa splendor, majesty.] A money of account in Goa, India, equivalent to about 2s. 6d. sterling. or 60 cts.
Pardon Par"don noun
[ French, from pardonner
to pardon. See Pardon
, transitive verb
] 1. The act of pardoning; forgiveness, as of an offender, or of an offense; release from penalty; remission of punishment; absolution.
Pardon , my lord, for me and for my tidings. Shak.
But infinite in pardon was my judge. Milton.
Used in expressing courteous denial or contradiction; as, I crave your pardon
; or in indicating that one has not understood another; as, I beg pardon
. 2. An official warrant of remission of penalty.
Sign me a present pardon for my brother. Shak. 3. The state of being forgiven. South. 4. (Law) A release, by a sovereign, or officer having jurisdiction, from the penalties of an offense, being distinguished from amenesty , which is a general obliteration and canceling of a particular line of past offenses. Syn.
-- Forgiveness; remission. See Forgiveness
Pardon Par"don transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Pardoned
; present participle & verbal noun Pardoning
.] [ Either from pardon
, noun , or from French pardonner
, Late Latin perdonare
; Latin per
through, thoroughly, perfectly + donare
to give, to present. See Par-
, and Donation
.] 1. To absolve from the consequences of a fault or the punishment of crime; to free from penalty; -- applied to the offender.
In this thing the Lord pardon thy servant. 2 Kings v. 18.
I pray you, pardon me; pray heartily, pardom me. Shak. 2. To remit the penalty of; to suffer to pass without punishment; to forgive; -- applied to offenses.
I pray thee, pardon my sin. 1 S....... xv. 25.
Apollo, pardon Shak. 3. To refrain from exacting as a penalty.
My great profaneness 'gainst thine oracle ...
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it. Shak. 4. To give leave (of departure) to.
Even now about it! I will pardon you. Shak. Pardon me
, forgive me; excuse me; -- a phrase used also to express courteous denial or contradiction. Syn.
-- To forgive; absolve; excuse; overlook; remit; acquit. See Excuse
Pardonable Par"don·a·ble adjective [ Confer French pardonnable .] Admitting of pardon; not requiring the excution of penalty; venial; excusable; -- applied to the offense or to the offender; as, a pardonable fault, or culprit.
Pardonableness Par"don·a·ble·ness noun The quality or state of being pardonable; as, the pardonableness of sin. Bp. Hall.
Pardonably Par"don·a·bly adverb In a manner admitting of pardon; excusably. Dryden.
Pardoner Par"don·er noun 1. One who pardons. Shak. 2. A seller of indulgences. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Pardoning Par"don·ing adjective Relating to pardon; having or exercising the right to pardon; willing to pardon; merciful; as, the pardoning power; a pardoning God.
Pare Pare transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Pared
; present participle & verbal noun Paring
.] [ French parer
to pare, as a horse's hoofs, to dress or curry, as, leather, to clear, as anchors or cables, to parry, ward off, from Latin parare
to prepare. Confer Empire
.] 1. To cut off, or shave off, the superficial substance or extremities of; as, to pare an apple; to pare a horse's hoof. 2. To remove; to separate; to cut or shave, as the skin, ring, or outside part, from anything; -- followed by off or away ; as; to pare off the ring of fruit; to pare away redundancies. 3. Fig.: To diminish the bulk of; to reduce; to lessen.
The king began to pare a little the privilege of clergy. Bacon.
Paregoric Par`e·gor"ic adjective [ Latin paregoricus , Greek ..., from ... addressing, encouraging, soothing; para` beside + ... an assembly: confer French parégorique . See Allegory .] Mitigating; assuaging or soothing pain; as, paregoric elixir.
Paregoric Par`e·gor"ic noun (Medicine) A medicine that mitigates pain; an anodyne; specifically, camphorated tincture of opium; -- called also paregoric elexir .
Parelcon Pa·rel"con noun [ Greek ... to draw aside, to be redundant; para` beside + ... to draw.] (Gram.) The addition of a syllable or particle to the end of a pronoun, verb, or adverb.
Parelectronomic Par`e·lec`tro·nom"ic adjective (Physiol.) Of or relating to parelectronomy; as, the parelectronomic part of a muscle.
Parelectronomy Par·e`lec·tron"o·my noun [ Prefix para- + electro- + Greek ... law.] (Physiol.) A condition of the muscles induced by exposure to severe cold, in which the electrical action of the muscle is reversed.
Parella Pa·rel"la Pa`relle noun [ Confer French parelle .] (Botany) (a) A name for two kinds of dock ( Rumex Patientia and R. Hydrolapathum ). (b) A kind of lichen ( Lecanora parella ) once used in dyeing and in the preparation of litmus.
Parembole Pa·rem"bo·le noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... an insertion beside. See Para- , and Embolus .] (Rhet.) A kind of parenthesis.
Parement Pare"ment noun See Parament . [ Obsolete]
Paremptosis Par`emp·to"sis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... a coming in beside; para` beside + ... to fall in.] Same as Parembole .
Parenchyma Pa·ren"chy·ma noun [ New Latin , from Greek ..., from ... to pour in beside; para` beside + ... in + ... to pour: confer French parenchyme .] (Biol.) The soft celluar substance of the tissues of plants and animals, like the pulp of leaves, to soft tissue of glands, and the like.
Parenchymal Pa·ren"chy·mal adjective Of, pertaining to, or consisting of, parenchyma.
Parenchymatous, Parenchymous Par`en·chym"a·tous, Pa·ren"chy·mous adjective [ Confer French parenchymateux .] Of, pertaining to, or connected with, the parenchyma of a tissue or an organ; as, parenchymatous degeneration.
Parenesis Pa·ren"e·sis noun [ Latin paraenesis , Greek ..., from ... to advise.] Exhortation. [ R.]
Parenetic, Parenetioal Par`e·net"ic, Par`e·net"io·al adjective [ Greek ...: confer French parénétique .] Hortatory; encouraging; persuasive. [ R.] F. Potter.
Parent Par"ent noun
[ Latin parens
, - entis
; akin to parere
to bring forth; confer Greek ... to give, beget: confer French parent
. Confer Part
.] 1. One who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a mother.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord. Eph. vi. 1. 2. That which produces; cause; source; author; begetter; as, idleness is the parent of vice.
Regular industry is the parent of sobriety. Channing. Parent cell
. (Biol.) See Mother cell , under Mother , also Cytula .
-- Parent nucleus (Biol.)
, a nucleus which, in cell division, divides, and gives rise to two or more daughter nuclei. See Karyokinesis , and Cell division , under Division .
Parentage Par"ent·age noun
[ Confer French parentage
relationship.] Descent from parents or ancestors; parents or ancestors considered with respect to their rank or character; extraction; birth; as, a man of noble parentage .
"Wilt thou deny thy parentage
Though men esteem thee low of parentage . Milton.
Parental Pa·ren"tal adjective
[ Latin parentalis
.] 1. Of or pertaining to a parent or to parents; as, parental authority; parental obligations. 2. Becoming to, or characteristic of, parents; tender; affectionate; devoted; as, parental care.
The careful course and parental provision of nature. Sir T. Browne.
Parentally Pa·ren"tal·ly adverb In a parental manner.
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