Definition of Little by little

1. Adverb. A little bit at a time. "The research structure has developed piecemeal"

Exact synonyms: Bit By Bit, In Stages, Piecemeal

2. Adverb. By a short distance. "They moved it by inches"
Exact synonyms: By Inches, By Small Degrees

Definition of Little by little

1. Adverb. A small amount at a time. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Little By Little

little bluestems
little boy's room
little boy's rooms
little boys
little boys' room
little boys' rooms
little brother
little brothers
little brown bat
little brown job
little brown jobs
little brown myotis
little bustard
little by little (current term)
little chief hare
little club moss
little clubmoss
little dictionary
little ebony spleenwort
little egret
little emperor
little emperors
little fingers
little fossa of the cochlear window
little fossa of the vestibular window
little girl
little girl's room

Literary usage of Little by little

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Documentary History of Reconstruction: Political, Military, Social by Walter Lynwood Fleming (1906)
""Tis little by little the bee fills her cell; And little by little a man sinks a well; 'Tis little by little a bird builds her nest; By littles a forest in ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"little by little metallic flakes of a golden yellow color appear, forming a non-solid (non-fixe) gold, when the sulfate of iron produces an auto-fécondation ..."

3. School Reading by Grades: First[-eighth] Year by James Baldwin (1897)
"Low on the ground an acorn lies — little by little it mounts to the skies, ... little by little the great rocks grew, Long, long ago, when the world was new ..."

4. Poems by Grades: Containing Poems Selected for Each Grade of the School by Ada Van Stone Harris, Charles Benajah Gilbert (1907)
"little by little, each day it grew, little by little, it sipped the dew; ... Day after day, and year after year, little by little, the leaves appear, ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Jud., I, xiv,4; XVIII). little by little, until it should be as splendid as that of castle upon the site of the Tower of Baris, or of Birah ing the ..."

6. Friends Intelligencer by Friends Intelligencer Association (1867)
"(To be continued.) " DESPISE NOT THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS.'' "Tis little by little the bee fills her cell, And little by liitle a man sinks a well; ..."

7. The Horticulturist, and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste by Luther Tucker (1858)
"little by little, as in the economical and thrifty progress of older housekeepers, articles of furniture were added. First, there came a present of a real ..."

8. Nature in Verse: A Poetry Reader for Children by Mary Isabella Lovejoy (1895)
"WHILE the new years come, and the old years go, How, little by little, all things grow! All things grow, and all decay — little by little passing away. ..."

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