from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. By a small amount at a time; in stages: articles acquired piecemeal.
- adv. In pieces; apart.
- adj. Accomplished or made in stages.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Made or done in pieces or one stage at a time.
- adv. Piece by piece; in small amounts, stages, or degrees.
- adv. Into pieces or parts.
- v. To divide or distribute piecemeal; dismember.
- n. A fragment; a scrap.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Made up of parts or pieces; single; separate.
- adv. In pieces; in parts or fragments.
- adv. Piece by piece; by little and little in succession.
- n. A fragment; a scrap.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- By pieces; bit by bit; little by little; gradually: often pleonastically by piecemeal.
- In pieces; in or into bits or fragments.
- Fragmentary; disconnected.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. a little bit at a time
- adj. one thing at a time
GH: In your new book Makeshift Metropolis, you state that architects should resist the urge to plan grand utopias and should instead embrace smaller interventions that fit more naturally into what you call piecemeal urbanism.
"St Ewold's isn't the best house in the world," said the major, "because it is old, and what I call piecemeal; but it is very pretty, and certainly nice."
Other signature promises may be addressed in piecemeal fashion in the opening weeks of the Obama administration but then put on a long track toward more comprehensive resolutions.
Solutions attempted in piecemeal fashion, as we've seen thus far, would amount to constantly putting out recurring fires.
This counter-initiative should also aim to influence electoral politics because Democrats, who are dependent on corporate coffers, have only been able to win piecemeal social justice victories.
Also being read in piecemeal fashion is The Comics Journal 6: The Writers (edited by the erstwhile Tom Spurgeon), for which a more accurate title might have been "Gary Groth Browbeats Bewildered Comics Writers."
The distinctions and relationships between Pashtun tribal and ethnic identities, and between Pashtun tribalism and ethnicity, generally have been treated in piecemeal fashion and are yet to be fully dissected and analyzed.
Unlike rail projects, bus improvements can be feasibly undertaken in piecemeal ways rather than in quantum leaps.
To come across poems piecemeal is temporarily satisfying, but to hold an entire book is a relationship commitment.
At least, with a bevy of smaller authorities, controlled by Liberals bent on social engineering rather than efficiency, we can attempt to effect things locally, and we have the chance to reform their efficacy in piecemeal - precisely because their power remains distributed rather than concentrated.