piecemeal

adverb
piece·​meal | \ ˈpēs-ˌmēl How to pronounce piecemeal (audio) , -ˈmēl \

Definition of piecemeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one piece at a time : gradually
2 : in pieces or fragments : apart

piecemeal

adjective

Definition of piecemeal (Entry 2 of 2)

: done, made, or accomplished piece by piece or in a fragmentary way piecemeal reforms in the system

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Examples of piecemeal in a Sentence

Adverb remodeled their house piecemeal because of budgetary constraints one well-aimed blow ripped the piñata piecemeal Adjective They've done piecemeal repairs in the past, but the bridge now needs major reconstruction. Some people want the changes to be made all at once, but I think we should take a more piecemeal approach.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb For now, doctors are treating long COVID symptoms piecemeal — and warning that the virus doesn’t always end in death or recovery. al, "What is long COVID? UAB’s Dr. Michael Saag says some patients suffer for months," 31 Dec. 2020 For now, doctors are treating long COVID symptoms piecemeal — and warning that the virus doesn’t always end in death or recovery. al, "What is long COVID? UAB’s Dr. Michael Saag says some patients suffer for months," 31 Dec. 2020 For now, doctors are treating long COVID symptoms piecemeal — and warning that the virus doesn’t always end in death or recovery. al, "What is long COVID? UAB’s Dr. Michael Saag says some patients suffer for months," 31 Dec. 2020 For now, doctors are treating long COVID symptoms piecemeal — and warning that the virus doesn’t always end in death or recovery. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Fatigue, loss of smell, organ damage: A range of symptoms plague many Marylanders long after COVID-19 infection," 30 Dec. 2020 Then, add elements piecemeal throughout the season. oregonlive, "5 takeaways from Portland Trail Blazers preseason," 21 Dec. 2020 Storied efforts to reverse their injuries have been piecemeal-to-paltry, or dead in the water. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Race to save 3 Florida treasures: Time running out for Apalachicola River, Ocklawaha River and Shark River Slough | Part 1 of Special Series," 9 Dec. 2020 Finally, Haynes already offers a plethora of online manuals available piecemeal or included in an All Access subscription for $399 a year (or $34.99 a month) for the Cars, Trucks, and SUVs section. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "New Haynes Manuals Going Digital Only, But Paper Books Will Remain Available," 6 Dec. 2020 Once the runaway leader in desktop search, Baidu is trying to adapt its business to the mobile era but losing ground piecemeal to up-and-comers such as ByteDance and Kuaishou. Bloomberg.com, "Video Giant Joyy Dives After Muddy Waters Labels It a Fraud," 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Individual Democratic lawmakers have already introduced piecemeal versions of the bill if pushing through the main package proves too difficult. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Democrats debut sweeping immigration reform bill featuring eight-year path to citizenship," 18 Feb. 2021 Over the years, popes have made piecemeal modifications to the Vatican's city state's legal code, which dates from an 1889 Italian code no longer in use and also draws from the Catholic Church's in-house canon law. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "Pope again updates Vatican legal code amid scrutiny, probes," 16 Feb. 2021 With a vaccine finally available to the city’s jail system after months of political squabbling and the introduction of piecemeal safety measures came a crucial test: Would incarcerated people actually get vaccinated? Rebecca Mccray, Curbed, "Giving Vaccines to Prisoners Won’t Be Enough to Get Them Vaccinated," 12 Feb. 2021 Unable to work with the full orchestra at once, Luisi so far has been able to exert only piecemeal impact. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Review: Fabio Luisi, Dallas Symphony energize frothy French fare: Bizet and Saint-Saëns," 29 Jan. 2021 Hesitant to reimpose the economically punishing lockdowns of March, leaders implement piecemeal restrictions targeting hotspots. Washington Post, "2020: The year of the virus," 31 Dec. 2020 But that does not happen when tax breaks are given on a piecemeal basis, said Jennifer Smith, director of government relations for the Michigan Association of School Boards. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer may veto lame duck bills giving major tax breaks to Meijer," 24 Dec. 2020 Both women have sought aid from church groups, friends and local government agencies, a piecemeal system of help that is still leaving them thousands of dollars behind on critical bills. Author: Heather Long, Anchorage Daily News, "Millions of Americans are heading into the holidays unemployed and over $5,000 behind on rent," 8 Dec. 2020 England will go into a second national lockdown on Thursday after spiking infections forced British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to give up on his desire to control the virus through piecemeal local restrictions. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, November 2," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of piecemeal

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of piecemeal was in the 14th century

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“Piecemeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piecemeal. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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More Definitions for piecemeal

piecemeal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of piecemeal

: done or made in a gradual way in a series of separate steps

piecemeal

adverb
piece·​meal | \ ˈpēs-ˌmēl How to pronounce piecemeal (audio) \

Kids Definition of piecemeal

: one piece at a time : little by little The repairs were made piecemeal.

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