To beat a parley(Mil.), to beat a drum, or sound a trumpet, as a signal for holding a conference with the enemy.

(Par"ley), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Parleyed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Parleying.] To speak with another; to confer on some point of mutual concern; to discuss orally; hence, specifically, to confer orally with an enemy; to treat with him by words, as on an exchange of prisoners, an armistice, or terms of peace.

They are at hand,
To parley or to fight; therefore prepare.

(Park"er) n. The keeper of a park. Sir M. Hale.

(||Par*ke"ri*a) n. [NL. So named from W. K. Parker, a British zoölogist.] (Zoöl.) A genus of large arenaceous fossil Foraminifera found in the Cretaceous rocks. The species are globular, or nearly so, and are of all sizes up to that of a tennis ball.

(Parkes"ine) n. [So called from Mr. Parkes, the inventor.] A compound, originally made from gun cotton and castor oil, but later from different materials, and used as a substitute for vulcanized India rubber and for ivory; — called also xylotile.

(Park"leaves`) n. (Bot.) A European species of Saint John's-wort; the tutsan. See Tutsan.

(Par"lance) n. [OF., fr. F. parler to speak. See Parley.] Conversation; discourse; talk; diction; phrase; as, in legal parlance; in common parlance.

A hate of gossip parlance and of sway.

(||Par*lan"do ||Par*lan"te) a. & adv. [It.] (Mus.) Speaking; in a speaking or declamatory manner; to be sung or played in the style of a recitative.

(Parle) v. i. [F. parler. See Parley.] To talk; to converse; to parley. [Obs.] Shak.

Finding himself too weak, began to parle.

(Parle), n. Conversation; talk; parley. [Obs.]

They ended parle, and both addressed for fight.

(Par"ley) n.; pl. Parleys [F. parler speech, talk, fr. parler to speak, LL. parabolare, fr. L. parabola a comparison, parable, in LL., a word. See Parable, and cf. Parliament, Parlor.] Mutual discourse or conversation; discussion; hence, an oral conference with an enemy, as with regard to a truce.

We yield on parley, but are stormed in vain.

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