His immediate adventure in the metropolis proves to be his instalment as scrivener in an attorney's office.
By the mail of the 26th the first instalment of our fresh officers arrived.
Organized charity might, and indeed did, provide groceries on the instalment plan.
Here was probably an instalment of much with which he was destined to meet that day.
I love 'em, but I like to take 'em on the instalment plan—very little at a time.
It was one evening about two months after his instalment at Blodgett's.
Give me and wife a chance, and we will live straight after this, and remit on instalment.
There was a second instalment of the price which had to be paid to a Quebec bank.
My dear brother in Science—I resume my hasty notes, of which I sent you the first instalment some weeks ago.
The second instalment was due ten months ago, and has not been paid.
"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.