piecemeal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj piecemeal one thing at a time
    • adv piecemeal a little bit at a time "the research structure has developed piecemeal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Piecemeal A fragment; a scrap.
    • Piecemeal In pieces; in parts or fragments. "On which it piecemeal brake.""The beasts will tear thee piecemeal ."
    • a Piecemeal Made up of parts or pieces; single; separate. "These piecemeal guilts."
    • Piecemeal Piece by piece; by little and little in succession. "Piecemeal they win, this acre first, than that."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • piecemeal By pieces; bit by bit; little by little; gradually: often pleonastically by piecemeal.
    • piecemeal In pieces; in or into bits or fragments.
    • piecemeal Fragmentary; disconnected.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Piecemeal in pieces or fragments: by pieces: little by little: bit by bit: gradually
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Quotations

  • John Howe
    John Howe
    “What a folly it is to dread the thought of throwing away life at once, and yet have no regard to throwing it away by parcels and piecemeal.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pecemele,; pece, a piece + AS. mlum, dat. pl. of ml, part. See Meal a portion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. piece—Low L. petium, a piece of land—prob. L. pes, pedis, a foot.

Usage

In literature:

He avoided a piecemeal and desultory treatment of events; cf.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
It was a chaos that Daoud's eyes could take in only piecemeal.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
They flay men alive, both piecemeal, and by stripping off the whole skin.
"The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus" by Ammianus Marcellinus
The poles and oars did their work, and slowly, piecemeal, but in a vast aggregate, the great Mackenzie brigade was on its way!
"Young Alaskans in the Far North" by Emerson Hough
A plan of action which is actually intelligent, considering all elements of a situation, has to be accepted piecemeal.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
Is my son still at the galleys, or has he already been flung forth, Piecemeal torn, for a feast to the dogs, by the hand of Achilles?
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 365, March, 1846" by Various
In a twinkling he was torn piecemeal by the cannibals, whose taste of blood set aflame their rapacity.
"Up the Forked River" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Rage and despair, a thousand warring passions, All rise by turns, and piecemeal rend my heart.
"The Grecian Daughter" by Arthur Murphy
And some one seems determined to burn that up piecemeal!
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
To deepen the niche without breaking through, he had to scrape it out piecemeal, wetting the dried mud as he toiled.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
I've heard about Chateau-Thierry, by piecemeal.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
Age is a sort of gradual, piecemeal death, after all.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
The flood immediately assailed this, and carried off the greater part of it piecemeal.
"The Rain Cloud or, An Account of the Nature, Properties, Dangers and Uses of Rain" by Anonymous
That piecemeal conquest of the evil which we call civilization has not even the promise of finality.
"Creative Intelligence" by John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
And it drags on, piecemeal, through any average human life.
"Small Souls" by Louis Couperus
And, quite unconsciously, she was giving by piecemeal an answer to that fundamental question of her Modern critics, How do you spend your time?
"Angela's Business" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
At last Jean Marat turned to Norris and myself, and gave us some part of the black boy's story; more of it came to us, piecemeal, later.
"The Voodoo Gold Trail" by Walter Walden
Unfortunately the little ruin has been removed piecemeal by the hungry visitor.
"Nooks and Corners of Cornwall" by C. A. Dawson Scott
Penny had learned enough to feel certain that brass, stolen piecemeal from the Gandiss factory, had been stored in the Harper basement.
"Guilt of the Brass Thieves" by Mildred A. Wirt
But the battle of Antietam was fought by piecemeal.
"The Boys of '61" by Charles Carleton Coffin
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In poetry:

'Behind me piecemeal gifts I cast,
My fleeing self to save;
And that's the thing must go at last,
For that's the thing he'd have.
"A Girl's Sin - In Her Eyes" by Francis Thompson
Man pays the debt with new munificence,
Not piecemeal now, not slowly, by the old;
Not grudgingly, by the effaced thin pence,
But greatly and in gold.
"Lord I Owe Thee a Death" by Alice Meynell
O'erthrow the serpent's pow'r, and piecemeal tear
His sable throne, and crush his baleful head —
Erect our Saviour's kingdom ev'ry where,
And most triumphantly on Satan tread.
"A Prayer For The Church" by Rees Prichard
for the soft, soft bones that were laid apart
and were screwed together. They will knit.
And the other corpse, the fractured heart,
I feed it piecemeal, little chalice. I'm good to it.
"The Break" by Anne Sexton

In news:

The rough hand-bent aluminum and steel body panels and piecemeal chassis framing are simply a way to test all the various systems, motors, gyros and suspension components.
Time to end piecemeal healthcare.
Article "President Obama's Bus Tour for Jobs Bill Touts Piecemeal Approach" Is Not Available At This Time.
Piecemeal illegal immigration fixes, like Alabama's, are not working.
After GOP Blocks Obama Jobs Plan, Senate Dems Turn to Piecemeal Approach.
With jobs bill, Democrats' new strategy: piecemeal legislation.
Zoning rewrite to proceed piecemeal .
A River Walk's Piecemeal Birth.
President Obama's piecemeal approach to war reminds us of nothing at all.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations has endorsed a policy for medication reform that has been supported by many industry stakeholders but so far acted upon piecemeal in various jurisdictions.
So far, countries in the euro zone have attempted to contain the financial crisis with piecemeal measures.
The US has been carrying out drone strikes in Pakistan for some eight years, but it's done so under a policy that has emerged piecemeal over that time.
The area surrounding the epicenter is underdeveloped, and casualty reports are coming in piecemeal.
State lawmakers who have resisted junking Pennsylvania's antiquated liquor control system have argued instead for reforming alcohol sales by taking a piecemeal approach.
In his speech today in the White House East Room, President Obama clearly indicated that he is going to press for a comprehensive, and not a piecemeal or "skinny," health care reform bill.
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In science:

It may also make the atmosphere more opaque at 3.6 µm than at longer wavelengths. K12 explain the above features in a piecemeal fashion, invoking several additional ingredients, such as enhanced metallicity, non-equilibrium chemistry, absence of tidal synchronisation.
The prevalence of dust on the exoplanet HD 189733b from Hubble and Spitzer observations
FuturICT will replace former piecemeal approaches with bold and integrated approaches that are adequate to the dynamic, complex and global world we inhabit.
FuturICT
These recipes have been built up piecemeal from a qualitative understanding of the criteria which dictate which evolutionary path a given binary will follow.
MODEST-1: Integrating Stellar Evolution and Stellar Dynamics
They are generally inflexible and hard to apply in all cases, so steps are frequently bypassed. As a consequence, spreadsheets are often developed and implemented in a piecemeal fashion. Maintenance follows a defined approach, but is often time-consuming and inefficient.
Applying the CobiT Control Framework to Spreadsheet Developments
The following methods are suggested to solve the problem: testing piecemeal, filtering of input parameters in scenario functions, enlargement of states.
Model-Based Testing of Safety Critical Real-Time Control Logic Software
CSUT gone over piecemeal therefore the total number of test actions performed by the test scenarios for the parts of the CSUT is expected not to exceed the length of the test sequence generated by the test scenario for the CSUT as a whole.
Model-Based Testing of Safety Critical Real-Time Control Logic Software
The numbers of the input parameters, state variables and temporal predicates do not give an alternative to the method of testing piecemeal. 15 test scenarios were developed for the control subsystem of AAFSS.
Model-Based Testing of Safety Critical Real-Time Control Logic Software
This piecemeal information was synthesized by Roberts (1963), in an article for the first volume of the Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Star Formation in Galaxies Along the Hubble Sequence
Pro filing for matrix programming languages like GNU Octave, help identify resource usage, inefficient function usage, progr am flow, piecemeal function run-times and a complete idea of the running times spent on subroutines as a percentage of the program lifetime.
A Call-Graph Profiler for GNU Octave
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