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.

Paraxanthin to Parenthesis

(Par`a*xan"thin) n. [Pref. Para- + xanthin.] (Physiol. Chem.) A crystalline substance closely related to xanthin, present in small quantity in urine.

(Par*ax"i*al) a. [Pref. para- + axial.] (Anat.) On either side of the axis of the skeleton.

(Par`a*xy"lene) n. (Chem.) A hydrocarbon of the aromatic series obtained as a colorless liquid by the distillation of camphor with zinc chloride. It is one of the three metamers of xylene. Cf. Metamer, and Xylene.

(Par"boil`) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Parboiled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Parboiling.] [OE. parboilen, OF. parbouillir to cook well; par through (see Par) + bouillir to boil, L. bullire. The sense has been influenced by E. part. See lst Boil.]

1. To boil or cook thoroughly. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

2. To boil in part; to cook partially by boiling.

(Par"break`) v. i. & t. [Par + break.] To throw out; to vomit. [Obs.] Skelton.

(Par"break`), n. Vomit. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Par"buc`kle) n. (a) A kind of purchase for hoisting or lowering a cylindrical burden, as a cask. The middle of a long rope is made fast aloft, and both parts are looped around the object, which rests in the loops, and rolls in them as the ends are hauled up or payed out. (b) A double sling made of a single rope, for slinging a cask, gun, etc.

(Par"buc`kle), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Parbuckled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Parbuckling ] To hoist or lower by means of a parbuckle. Totten.

(Par"cæ) n. pl. [L.] The Fates. See Fate, 4.

(Par*case") adv. [Par + case.] Perchance; by chance. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Par"cel) n. [F. parcelle a small part, fr. (assumed) LL. particella, dim. of L. pars. See Part, n., and cf. 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.

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
Of noble bachelors stand at my disposing.

4. A number or quantity of things put up together; a bundle; a package; a packet.

'Tis like a parcel sent you by the stage.

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