<Piecemeal> they were defeated and captured,

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park sang joon

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The slave army broke through Crassus' lines and pushed south to the toe of the Italian peninsula, where it hoped to cross into Sicily. But the slaves were unable to buy passage or commandeer ships, and Rome's legions cornered them. To escape, the slaves scattered. Piecemeal they were defeated and captured, and, to advertise their defeat and lift the morale of Roman citizens, Crassus had them crucified along the Appian Way – the road to Rome.
<"Spartacus and Slavery" in Sulla to Julius Caesar http://www.fsmitha.com/h1/ch18.htm>
I'd like to know we can use "piecemeal" as an adverb.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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