adv piece by piece; a part at a time 一块一块地; 一件一件地; 零碎地
*work done piecemeal 一部分一部分做完的工作.
adj arriving, done, etc piecemeal 一块一块的; 一件一件的; 零碎的
*I've only had a piecemeal account of what happened. 我对发生的事情只有支离破碎的了解.
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: piece + -meal 'by one part at a time' (11-19 centuries) (from Old English mAlum)]
a process that is piecemeal happens slowly and in stages that are not regular or planned properly
The buildings have been adapted in a piecemeal fashion .
a piecemeal approach to the problem
The new fire regulations have been introduced piecemeal.