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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.
References in classic literature ?
Maybe it will begin to revenge itself, too, but, as it were, piecemeal, in trivial ways, from behind the stove, incognito, without believing either in its own right to vengeance, or in the success of its revenge, knowing that from all its efforts at revenge it will suffer a hundred times more than he on whom it revenges itself, while he, I daresay, will not even scratch himself.
Tell me," cried Danglars, in a tone whose bitterness Harpagon* alone has been capable of revealing -- "tell the that you wish to despoil me of all; it will be sooner over than devouring me piecemeal.
But it's hard to see ourselves dropping off this way by piecemeal.
Some of them seized my cake, and carried it piecemeal away; others flew about my head and face, confounding me with the noise, and putting me in the utmost terror of their stings.
When one is told nothing, one fears the worst, and when time after time the news of these small disasters reaches us piecemeal, about three weeks late, we never get rid of our forebodings, even when you tell us about victories.
At present, I take it, we are fashioning the happy State, not piecemeal, or with a view of making a few happy citizens, but as a whole; and by-and-by we will proceed to view the opposite kind of State.
Often he dwelt with shuddering minuteness on the fate of his perishing clay - the slow, piecemeal dissolution already invading his frame: the shroud, the coffin, the dark, lonely grave, and all the horrors of corruption.
To this day I do not know what became of that half-mile of humanity--whether it was blotted out by some frightful bolt of war, whether it was scattered and destroyed piecemeal, or whether it escaped.
He had fixed his eyes upon a distorted fir tree, planted by some former tenant in a tub that had once been green, and left there, years before, to rot away piecemeal.
I amused myself one winter day with sliding this piecemeal across the pond, nearly half a mile, skating behind with one end of a log fifteen feet long on my shoulder, and the other on the ice; or I tied several logs together with a birch withe, and then, with a longer birch or alder which had a book at the end, dragged them across.
Fyne used to impart to him piecemeal when he came down to spend his week-ends gravely with her and the children.
The white wooden houses (so white that it makes one wink to look at them), with their green jalousie blinds, are so sprinkled and dropped about in all directions, without seeming to have any root at all in the ground; and the small churches and chapels are so prim, and bright, and highly varnished; that I almost believed the whole affair could be taken up piecemeal like a child's toy, and crammed into a little box.