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piece·meal

 (pēs′mēl′)
adv.
1. By a small amount at a time; in stages: articles acquired piecemeal.
2. In pieces; apart.
adj.
Accomplished or made in stages.

[Middle English pecemeale : pece, piece; see piece + -mele, by a fixed measure (from Old English -mǣlum, at a time, from dative pl. of mǣl, appointed time; see mē- in Indo-European roots).]

piecemeal

(ˈpiːsˌmiːl)
adv
1. by degrees; bit by bit; gradually
2. in or into pieces or piece from piece: to tear something piecemeal.
adj
fragmentary or unsystematic: a piecemeal approach.
[C13 pecemele, from piece + -mele, from Old English mælum quantity taken at one time]

piece•meal

(ˈpisˌmil)

adv.
1. one piece at a time; gradually: to work piecemeal.
2. into pieces.
adj.
3. done piecemeal.
[1250–1300]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.piecemeal - one thing at a time
gradual - proceeding in small stages; "a gradual increase in prices"
Adv.1.piecemeal - a little bit at a time; "the research structure has developed piecemeal"

piecemeal

adjective
1. unsystematic, interrupted, partial, patchy, intermittent, spotty, fragmentary piecemeal changes to the constitution

piecemeal

adjective
Proceeding very slowly by degrees:
Translations
على أجْزاء مُتَفَرِّقَهمُجَزَّءا، عَلى أجْزاء
po kouskáchpostupný
stykvistusammenhængende
asteittainenpalapalanenvähittäinen
darabonként
smám samansundurlaus; ómarkviss
met stukjes en beetjesmondjesmaat
fragmentarycznyna kawałkiwyrywkowy
azar azarparça parçaparça parça yapılan

piecemeal

[ˈpiːsmiːl]
A. ADV (= gradually) → poco a poco, por partes; (= unsystematically) → de manera poco sistemática
B. ADJ [approach, reform] → poco sistemático
a piecemeal solutionuna solución de compromiso

piecemeal

[ˈpiːsmiːl]
adv (= bit by bit) → par morceaux
adj
a piecemeal approach to sth → une approche décousue de qch
to do sth in a piecemeal fashion → faire qch au coup par couppiece of advice nconseil mpiece of furniture nmeuble m
a useful piece of furniture → un meuble pratiquepiece of paper nmorceau m de papierpiece of research ntravail m de recherche
a piece of research on the effects of the drug → un travail de recherche sur les effets du médicamentpiece rate ntaux m or tarif m à la pièce

piecemeal

[ˈpiːsˌmiːl]
1. advpoco alla volta
2. adj (approach, process) → graduale

piece

(piːs) noun
1. a part of anything. a piece of cake; He examined it carefully piece by piece (= each piece separately).
2. a single thing or example of something. a piece of paper; a piece of news.
3. a composition in music, writing (an article, short story etc), drama, sculpture etc. He wrote a piece on social reform in the local newspaper.
4. a coin of a particular value. a five-pence piece.
5. in chess, draughts and other games, a small shape made of wood, metal, plastic etc that is moved according to the rules of the game.
ˌpieceˈmeal adverb
a little bit at a time; not as a whole. He did the work piecemeal.
adjective
done etc in this way. He has a rather piecemeal way of working.
go (all) to pieces
(of a person) to collapse physically or nervously. She went to pieces when her husband died.
in pieces
1. with its various parts not joined together. The bed is delivered in pieces and the customer has to put it together himself.
2. broken. The vase was lying in pieces on the floor.
piece together
to put (the pieces of something) together. They tried to piece together the fragments of the broken vase.
to pieces
into separate, usually small pieces, or into the various parts from which (something) is made. It was so old, it fell to pieces when I touched it.