- The definition of piecemeal is done bit by bit or piece by piece.
An example of something piecemeal is a sculpture put back together bit by bit; a piecemeal sculpture.
- Piecemeal is defined as made one part at a time.
An example of something done piecemeal is a collage; piecemeal assembly.
- piece by piece; in small amounts or degrees
- into pieces or parts
Origin: Middle English pecemel from pece (see piece) plush -mele: see -meal
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- By a small amount at a time; in stages: articles acquired piecemeal.
- In pieces; apart.
Origin: 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-2 in Indo-European roots).