piecemeal

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpiːsmiːl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈpisˌmil/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pēsmēl′)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
piece•meal /ˈpisˌmil/USA pronunciation   adv. 
  1. one piece at a time:to work piecemeal.

adj. 
  1. done piecemeal.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
piece•meal  (pēsmēl′),USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. piece by piece;
    one piece at a time;
    gradually:to work piecemeal.
  2. into pieces or fragments:to tear a letter piecemeal.

adj. 
  1. done piecemeal.
  • 1250–1300; Middle English pecemele; replacing Old English styccemǣlum. See piece, -meal

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
piecemeal /ˈpiːsˌmiːl/ adv
  1. by degrees; bit by bit; gradually
  2. in or into pieces or piece from piece
adj
  1. fragmentary or unsystematic: a piecemeal approach
Etymology: 13th Century pecemele, from piece + -mele, from Old English mælum quantity taken at one time
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