Parcel vs Worm - What's the difference?

parcel | worm |

As nouns the difference between parcel and worm

is that parcel is a package wrapped for shipment while worm is a generally tubular invertebrate of the annelid phylum.

As verbs the difference between parcel and worm

is that parcel is to wrap something up into the form of a package while worm is to make (one's way) with a crawling motion.

As a adverb parcel

is (obsolete) part or half; in part; partially.




(en noun)
  • A package wrapped for shipment.
  • :
  • *
  • *:At twilight in the summeron the floor.
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  • An individual consignment of cargo for shipment, regardless of size and form.
  • A division of land bought and sold as a unit.
  • :
  • (lb) A group of birds.
  • An indiscriminate or indefinite number, measure, or quantity; a collection; a group.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:This youthful parcel / Of noble bachelors stand at my disposing.
  • *1847 , (Herman Melville), (Omoo)
  • *:A parcel of giddy creatures of her own age.
  • A small amount of food that has been wrapped up, for example a pastry.
  • A portion of anything taken separately; a fragment of a whole; a part.
  • :
  • *(John Arbuthnot) (1667-1735)
  • *:two parcels of the white of an egg
  • *(John Addington Symonds) (1840–1893)
  • *:The parcels of the nation adopted different forms of self-government.
  • Synonyms

    * (package wrapped for shipment) package * (division of land bought and sold as a unit) plot

    Derived terms

    * parcel bomb * parcel out * parcel post * parcel together * parcel up * parcellate * parcellation * part and parcel * pass the parcel

    See also

    * lot * allotment


  • To wrap something up into the form of a package.
  • To wrap a strip around the end of a rope.
  • Worm and parcel with the lay; turn and serve the other way.
  • To divide and distribute by parts or portions; often with out'' or ''into .
  • * Shakespeare
  • Their woes are parcelled , mine are general.
  • * Dryden
  • These ghostly kings would parcel out my power.
  • * Tennyson
  • the broad woodland parcelled into farms
  • To add a parcel or item to; to itemize.
  • * Shakespeare
  • That mine own servant should / Parcel the sum of my disgraces by / Addition of his envy.


  • (obsolete) Part or half; in part; partially.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • The worthy dame was parcel -blind.
  • * Tennyson
  • One that was parcel -bearded.


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    (en noun)
  • A generally tubular invertebrate of the annelid phylum.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=7 citation , passage=‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. […]’}}
  • A contemptible or devious being.
  • * Bible, Psalms xxii. 6
  • I am a worm , and no man.
  • (computing) A self-replicating program that propagates through a network.
  • (cricket) A graphical representation of the total runs scored in an innings.
  • Anything helical, especially the thread of a screw.
  • * Moxon
  • The threads of screws, when bigger than can be made in screw plates, are called worms .
  • # A spiral instrument or screw, often like a double corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms.
  • # (anatomy) A muscular band in the tongue of some animals, such as dogs; the lytta.
  • # The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound to save space.
  • # A short revolving screw whose threads drive, or are driven by, a worm wheel or rack by gearing into its teeth.
  • (archaic) A dragon or mythological serpent.
  • (obsolete) Any creeping or crawling animal, such as a snake, snail, or caterpillar.
  • * Tyndale (Acts xxviii. 3, 4)
  • There came a viper out of the heat, and leapt on his hand. When the men of the country saw the worm hang on his hand, they said, This man must needs be a murderer.
  • * Shakespeare
  • 'Tis slander, / Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue / Outvenoms all the worms of Nile.
  • * Longfellow
  • When Cerberus perceived us, the great worm , / His mouth he opened and displayed his tusks.
  • An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse.
  • Richard III ,
  • (math) A strip of linked tiles sharing parallel edges in a tiling.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (label) To make (one's way) with a crawling motion.
  • :
  • To work one's way by artful or devious means.
  • *(George Herbert) (1593-1633)
  • *:When debates and fretting jealousy / Did worm and work within you more and more, / Your colour faded.
  • To work (one's way or oneself) (into) gradually or slowly; to insinuate.
  • :
  • To effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and secret means; often followed by out .
  • *(Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
  • *:They find themselves wormed out of all power.
  • To "worm out of", to "drag out of" (often: "drag every word out of someone"), to get information that someone is reluctant or unwilling to give (through artful or devious means or by pleading or asking repeatedly). Often combined with expressions such as "It's like pulling teeth" or "It's like getting blood out of a stone".
  • *(Charles Dickens) (1812-1870)
  • *:Theywormed things out of me that I had no desire to tell.
  • *
  • *:He nodded. "Mum's the word, Mrs. Bunting! It'll all be in the last editions of the evening newspapers—it can't be kep' out. There'd be too much of a row if twas!" ¶ "Are you going off to that public-house now?" she asked. ¶ "I've got a awk'ard job—to try and worm something out of the barmaid."
  • To fill in the contlines of a rope before parcelling and serving.
  • :
  • *1841 , Benjamin J. Totten], [ Naval Text-Book :
  • *:Ropesare generally wormed before they are served.
  • (label) To deworm an animal.
  • (label) To move with one's body dragging the ground.
  • *1919 , , How animals talk: and other pleasant studies of birds and beast?
  • *:Inch by inch I wormed along the secret passageway, flat to the ground, not once raising my head, hardly daring to pull a full breath.
  • (label) To cut the worm, or lytta, from under the tongue of (a dog, etc.) for the purpose of checking a disposition to gnaw, and formerly supposed to guard against canine madness.
  • *Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • *:The men assisted the laird in his sporting parties, wormed his dogs, and cut the ears of his terrier puppies.
  • (label) To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge from, as a firearm.
  • Derived terms

    * blindworm * bollworm * bookworm * cutworm * the early bird catches the worm * earthworm * fishing worm * flatworm * glowworm * hornworm * lugworm * penis worm * ringworm * silkworm * slowworm * tapeworm * woodworm * the worm has turned * wormhole * worm lizard * worm’s-eye view]], [[worm's eye view, worm’s eye view * wormwood * wormy

    See also

    * caterpillar * grub * lumbricine * maggot * Trojan horse * vermian * vermiform * virus


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