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installment1

[in-stawl-muh nt] /ɪnˈstɔl mənt/
noun
1.
any of several parts into which a debt or other sum payable is divided for payment at successive fixed times:
to pay for furniture in monthly installments.
2.
a single portion of something furnished or issued by parts at successive times:
a magazine serial in six installments.
Also, instalment.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; in-2 + obsolete (e)stallment, equivalent to estall to arrange payment on an installment plan (perhaps < Anglo-French) + -ment
Related forms
reinstalment, noun

installment2

[in-stawl-muh nt] /ɪnˈstɔl mənt/
noun
1.
the act of installing.
2.
the fact of being installed; installation.
Also, instalment.
Origin
1580-90; install + -ment
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Examples from the web for installment
  • The director left things open for a fourth installment, but mercifully the series was left to wither.
  • Still, the third film was enough of a success that a fourth installment was put into development.
  • The borrowing had taken the form of mortgage debt on homes and commercial buildings, consumer installment debt, and foreign debt.
  • As supply grew, prices dropped, and automakers offered installment plans to make purchasing cars easier.
  • In this first installment, it makes sense to talk about what sabbaticals are and offer a few tips on how to apply for one.
  • The next installment, not due for several years, will bring the story up to the present.
  • Looking forward to reading the next installment of this topic.
  • Another installment of that story has been published.
  • Mattresses were carried into apartments to replace the second-hand or overused ones purchased on installment.
  • The latest installment of a highly popular magazine franchise.
British Dictionary definitions for installment

instalment1

/ɪnˈstɔːlmənt/
noun
1.
one of the portions, usually equal, into which a debt is divided for payment at specified intervals over a fixed period
2.
a portion of something that is issued, broadcast, or published in parts, such as a serial in a magazine
Word Origin
C18: from obsolete estallment, probably from Old French estaler to fix, hence to agree rate of payment, from estal something fixed, place, from Old High German stalstall1

instalment2

/ɪnˈstɔːlmənt/
noun
1.
another word for installation (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for installment
n.

"act of installing," 1580s, from install + -ment. Meaning "arrangement of payment by fixed portions at fixed times" is from 1732, alteration of Anglo-French estaler "fix payments," from Old French estal "fixed position," from Old High German stal "standing place" (see stall (n.1)). Figurative sense of "part of a whole produced in advance of the rest" is from 1823.

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