An example of something piecemeal is a sculpture put back together bit by bit; a piecemeal sculpture.
Articles acquired piecemeal.
An example of something done piecemeal is a collage; piecemeal assembly.
Origin of piecemeal
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English pecemele, from pece (“piece") + mele (from Old English mÇ£lum (“at a time"), dative plural form of mÇ£l (“time, measure")), taking the place of Old English styÄ‹Ä‹emÇ£lum (“in pieces, bit by bit, piecemeal; to pieces, to bits; here and there, in different places; little by little, by degrees, gradually"); equivalent to piece +"Ž -meal.