Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of a number of successive payments in settlement of a debt.
  • n. A portion of something, such as a publication, issued at intervals.
  • n. A chapter or part of a literary work presented serially.
  • n. See installation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of installing; installation.
  • n. The seat in which one is placed.
  • n. A portion of a debt, or sum of money, which is divided into portions that are made payable at different times. Payment by installment is payment by parts at different times, the amounts and times (often equal namely regular, e.g. mensual) being often definitely stipulated.
  • n. a part of a broadcast or published serial.
  • n. anything that is performed in parts, spread in time

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of installing; installation.
  • n. The seat in which one is placed.
  • n. A portion of a debt, or sum of money, which is divided into portions that are made payable at different times; that portion of a debt payed back in any one payment. Payment by installment is payment by parts at different times, the amounts and times being often definitely stipulated.
  • n. a part of a broadcast serial.
  • n. a part of a published serial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a part of a broadcast serial
  • n. a payment of part of a debt; usually paid at regular intervals
  • n. the act of installing something (as equipment)
  • n. a part of a published serial

Etymologies

Alteration of obsolete estallment, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French estaler, to place, fix, from estal, place, of Germanic origin; see stel- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From install, itself from medieval French installer, from medieval Latin installare, from Latin in- + ML stallum 'stall' (from Germanic stal, see below) (Wiktionary)
A 1732 alteration of estallment, from Anglo-Norman estaler ("fix payments"), from Old French estal ("fixed position"), from Old High German stal ("stall", "standing place") (Wiktionary)

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