Complete Definition of "piecemeal"

was wotd|2007|December|26
English

Pronunciation
a|RP|US IPA|/ˈpiːs.miːl/, SAMPA|/"pi:s.mi:l/
audio|en-us-piecemeal.ogg|Audio (US)

Adverb
en-adv

  1. piece|Piece by piece; in small amounts, stages, or degrees.

#*1914 - s:Saki|Saki, s:The Forbidden Buzzards|The Forbidden Buzzards
#*:It’s as bad as selling a man a horse with half a dozen latent vices and watching him discover them piecemeal in the course of the hunting season.

  1. Into pieces or parts.

#*1888 - s: The Whitehall Murder| The Whitehall Murder, w:The Daily Telegraph|Daily Telegraph (London), October 03
#*:A few years ago also there was the case of Kate Webster, who at Richmond murdered her mistress, and, fiend-like, cut the body up piecemeal, and tried to dispose of it in various ways by small portions.

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Translations
trans-top|piece by piece
Old English: brytmǽlum
trans-mid
Polish: po trochu, po kawałku
Russian: t-|ru|по частям|scCyrl|trpo chastyam, t+|ru|постепенно|scCyrl|trpostepenno
Spanish: deslavazadamente, desordenadamente
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trans-top|into pieces or parts
trans-mid
Russian: t-|ru|на куски|scCyrl|trna kuski, t-|ru|на части|scCyrl|trna chasti
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Adjective
en-adj

  1. Made or done in pieces or one stage at a time.

#*1947 - w:George Marshall|George Marshall, s:The Marshall Plan Speech|The Marshall Plan Speech
#*:Such assistance, I am convinced, must not be on a piecemeal basis, as various crises develop.

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Translations
trans-top|Made or done in pieces or one stage at a time
Polish: fragmentaryczny m, wyrywkowy m
trans-mid
Russian: t-|ru|постепенный|scCyrl|trpostepenny, t-|ru|пошаговый|scCyrl|trposhagovy
Spanish: deslavazado, poco sistemático
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io:piecemeal
te:piecemeal
vi:piecemeal
zh:piecemeal

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