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Oct 20 2019 22

Piecemeal is an adjective that means one at a time or gradually.

At first glance our word of the day may seem to be simply a combination of the words ‘piece’ and ‘meal.’ But its origin is a little more complicated than that.

The word’s second syllable — meal — has nothing to do with ‘food consumed on regular occasions,’ but the similarity stems from their Old English origin, meaning taken one at a time.’

It took several operations, but gradually, the surgeon removed every remnant of metal from the patient’s leg.