noun \ˈpēs\

Definition of PIECE

:  a part of a whole: as
a :  fragment <pieces of broken glass>
b :  any of the individual members comprising a unit —often used in combination <a five-piece band> <a three-piece suit>
c :  portion, allocation <a piece of the jackpot>
:  an object or individual regarded as a unit of a kind or class <a piece of fruit>
:  a usually unspecified distance <down the road a piece>
:  a standard quantity (as of length, weight, or size) in which something is made or sold
:  a literary, journalistic, artistic, dramatic, or musical composition
:  firearm
:  coin; also :  token
:  a movable object used in playing a board game; specifically :  a chessman other than a pawn
:  opinion, view <spoke his piece>
a usually vulgar :  an act of copulation
b usually vulgar :  the female partner in sexual intercourse
:  instance, example <silly piece of nonsense> <a nice piece of acting>
of a piece
piece of one's mind
:  a severe scolding :  tongue-lashing
piece of the action
:  a share in activity or profit
to pieces
:  without reserve or restraint :  completely
:  into fragments; also :  into component parts
:  out of control <went to pieces from shock>

Examples of PIECE

  1. Divide the pie into six equal pieces.
  2. The cheese was cut into small pieces and arranged on a silver platter.
  3. You have a piece of lettuce stuck between your teeth.
  4. Her broken bicycle lay in pieces by the side of the road.
  5. I watched her rip the letter to pieces and throw it away.
  6. There are 12 pieces in this stainless steel knife set.
  7. a jigsaw puzzle with 500 pieces
  8. We're missing one piece of the puzzle.
  9. I took apart the engine piece by piece and put it back together again.

Origin of PIECE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *pettia, of Gaulish origin; akin to Welsh peth thing
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with PIECE



Definition of PIECE

transitive verb
:  to repair, renew, or complete by adding pieces :  patch
:  to join into a whole —often used with together <his new book … has been pieced together from talks — Merle Miller>
piec·er noun

Examples of PIECE

  1. <you might want to piece together a quilt from those odd patches of cloth>

First Known Use of PIECE

15th century


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