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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 for installments
  • The fee could be paid in annual installments, which was a desirable option for the town's poor.
  • The cost of those aids probably is much less than maintaining armies and defense installments in that area.
  • We wrote by turns, in weekly installments, the way people used to read serial fiction.
  • If you've seen the previous seven installments, nothing will stop you from seeing the eighth.
  • Because she was always short of money, she paid in installments.
  • The money would be paid in installments to the employee's student-loan provider after each year of service was completed.
  • While this first one is going to be fairly general, future installments will focus on a specific domain.
  • The letter acknowledges the mistake and requests repayment, offering to stagger my payments in three installments.
  • Yes, the first few installments of the opening season were slow, but the investment is paying off.
  • The report's findings will be no great surprise to anyone who has read the previous installments.
Word Origin and History for installments
installment
"act of installing," 1589, from install. Meaning "arrangement of payment by fixed portions at fixed times" is from 1732, alteration of Anglo-Norm. estaler "fix payments," from O.Fr. estal "fixed position," from O.H.G. stal "standing place." Fig. sense of "part of a whole produced in advance of the rest" is from 1823.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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