Piecemeal vs Fragmented - What's the difference?

piecemeal | fragmented |


As adjectives the difference between piecemeal and fragmented

is that piecemeal is made or done in pieces or one stage at a time while fragmented is broken into fragments.

As verbs the difference between piecemeal and fragmented

is that piecemeal is to divide or distribute piecemeal; dismember while fragmented is (fragment).

As an adverb piecemeal

is piece by piece; in small amounts, stages, or degrees.

As a noun piecemeal

is a fragment; a scrap.

piecemeal

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Made or done in pieces or one stage at a time.
  • * 1947 -
  • Such assistance, I am convinced, must not be on a piecemeal basis, as various crises develop.
  • * 1953 , James Strachey, translation of , Avon Books, pg. 224:
  • But the copious and intertwined associative links warrant our accepting the former alternative: cyclamen—favourite flower—favourite food— artichokes; pulling to pieces like an artichoke, leaf by leaf (a phrase constantly ringing in our ears in relation to the piecemeal dismemberment of the Chinese Empire)—herbarium—bookworms, whose favourite food is books.

    Usage notes

    Nouns to which "piecemeal" is often applied: fashion, approach, basis, way, change, reform, measure.

    Derived terms

    * piecemeal approach

    See also

    * gradual * incremental

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • Piece by piece; in small amounts, stages, or degrees.
  • * 1914 -
  • It’s as bad as selling a man a horse with half a dozen latent vices and watching him discover them piecemeal in the course of the hunting season.
  • Into pieces or parts.
  • * 1888 - (London), October 03
  • A few years ago also there was the case of Kate Webster, who at Richmond murdered her mistress, and, fiend-like, cut the body up piecemeal , and tried to dispose of it in various ways by small portions.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To divide or distribute piecemeal; dismember.
  • Derived terms

    * (l)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A fragment; a scrap.
  • fragmented

    English

    Verb

    (head)
  • (fragment)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • broken into fragments
  • composed of fragments
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