Part of speech: adverb

In pieces.

Part of speech: adjective

Made up of pieces.

Part of speech: adverb

Piece by piece; gradually.

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Usage examples "piecemeal":

  1. Ultimately, protesting that they were incapable of telling what they did not know- which Lady Charlotte heard with an incredulous shrug- they related piecemeal what they did know, and Weyburn's name gave her scent. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  2. Do you propose to tell us anything of your own accord, or must we drag it out of you piecemeal? - "The-Darrow-Enigma", Severy, Melvin Linwood.
  3. Tearing the despatch, and burning it piecemeal in the brazier. - "The Justice of the King", Hamilton Drummond.