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Adjective: piecemeal  'pees,meel
  1. One thing at a time
    - bit-by-bit, in small stages, step-by-step, stepwise
Adverb: piecemeal  'pees,meel
  1. A little bit at a time
    "the research structure has developed piecemeal";
    - little by little, bit by bit, in stages

See also: gradual

Encyclopedia: Piecemeal