adverb by inches; little by little.
C16: from inch1 + -meal from OE mlum, in the sense 'measure, quantity taken at one time'.

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  • Inchmeal — Inch meal , n. [See {Meal} a part, and cf. {Piecemeal}.] A piece an inch long. [1913 Webster] {By inchmeal}, by small degrees; by inches. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inchmeal — [inch′mēl΄] adv. [ INCH1 + MEAL] gradually; inch by inch: also by inchmeal …   English World dictionary

  • Inchmeal — Inch meal , adv. Little by little; gradually. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inchmeal — Synonyms and related words: bit by bit, by degrees, by inches, by inchmeal, by slow degrees, by snatches, degreewise, drop by drop, foot by foot, gradatim, grade by grade, gradually, in detail, in driblets, in installments, in lots, in small… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • inchmeal — adverb Etymology: 1inch + meal (as in piecemeal) Date: 1530 little by little, gradually …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • inchmeal — /inch meel/, adv. by inches; inch by inch; little by little. [1520 30; INCH1 + MEAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • inchmeal — adverb /ˈɪntʃ.miːl/ gradually, little by little (an inch at a time) …   Wiktionary

  • inchmeal — adv. gradually, progressively; little by little; inch by inch …   English contemporary dictionary

  • inchmeal — inch·meal …   English syllables

  • inchmeal — inch•meal [[t]ˈɪntʃ mil[/t]] adv. by inches; little by little • Etymology: inch I+ meal …   From formal English to slang

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