What does piecemeal mean?

Definitions for piecemeal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bit-by-bit, in small stages, piecemeal, step-by-step, stepwise(adverb)

    one thing at a time

  2. piecemeal, little by little, bit by bit, in stages(adverb)

    a little bit at a time

    "the research structure has developed piecemeal"


  1. piecemeal(Adverb)

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

  2. piecemeal(Adverb)

    Into pieces or parts.

  3. piecemeal(Adjective)

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

  4. Origin: pecemeale, from pece + mele (from mælum, dative plural form of mæl), equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Piecemeal(adverb)

    in pieces; in parts or fragments

  2. Piecemeal(adverb)

    piece by piece; by little and little in succession

  3. Piecemeal(adj)

    made up of parts or pieces; single; separate

  4. Piecemeal(noun)

    a fragment; a scrap

  5. Origin: [OE. pecemele; pece a piece + AS. mlum, dat. pl. of ml part. See Meal a portion.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of piecemeal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of piecemeal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of piecemeal in a Sentence

  1. Barack Obama:

    In this third world war, waged piecemeal, which we are now experiencing, a form of genocide is taking place, and it must end.

  2. Mike Conaway:

    We'll get criticized for that. But you could also get criticized of putting it out piecemeal. There's no easy right answer, all at once, then everybody's got the same gripe.

  3. Archana Kotecha:

    I'm extremely hopeful that this judicial review will open the door to change, it is extremely difficult to achieve justice from the government's current piecemeal approach to human trafficking.

  4. Columbia University professor Gerry Curtis:

    My personal assessment is that we are likely to see more of what we've seen - piecemeal reforms moving more or less in the right direction, but at a fairly slow clip and no bold breakthroughs because of this election.

  5. Fidel Castro:

    The problem is that the reforms are being implemented in a piecemeal and contradictory fashion, they decentralized distribution, but not production. Food production through to consumption is a chain that is only as strong as its weakest link.

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  • scheibchenweise, häppchenweise, bruchstückhaft, in kleinen Schritten, einzeln, kleinteilig, in Einzelteile, in Portiönchen, stückweiseGerman
  • desordenadamente, deslavazado, deslavazadamenteSpanish
  • asteittain, vähittäinen, paloittainen, vähä vähältä, pala, asteittainen, askelittainen, palanenFinnish
  • mean air mheanScottish Gaelic
  • darabonkéntHungarian
  • frammentarioItalian
  • טיפין טיפיןHebrew
  • kōhikohikoMāori
  • met stukjes en beetjes, mondjesmaatDutch
  • po trochu, fragmentaryczny, na kawałki, wyrywkowy, po kawałkuPolish
  • fragmentada, fragmentadoPortuguese
  • на части, пошаговый, на куски, постепенный, по частям, постепенноRussian

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