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noun \ˈpēs\

Definition of PIECE

1
:  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>
2
:  an object or individual regarded as a unit of a kind or class <a piece of fruit>
3
:  a usually unspecified distance <down the road a piece>
4
:  a standard quantity (as of length, weight, or size) in which something is made or sold
5
:  a literary, journalistic, artistic, dramatic, or musical composition
6
:  firearm
7
:  coin; also :  token
8
:  a movable object used in playing a board game; specifically :  a chessman other than a pawn
9
:  opinion, view <spoke his piece>
10
a usually vulgar :  an act of copulation
b usually vulgar :  the female partner in sexual intercourse
11
:  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
1
:  without reserve or restraint :  completely
2
:  into fragments; also :  into component parts
3
:  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

Synonym Discussion of PIECE

part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required <they ran only part of the way>. portion implies an assigned or allotted part <cut the pie into six portions>. piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole <a puzzle with 500 pieces>. member suggests one of the functional units composing a body <a structural member>. division applies to a large or diversified part <the manufacturing division of the company>. section applies to a relatively small or uniform part <the entertainment section of the newspaper>. segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage <the retired segment of the population>. fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off <only a fragment of the play still exists>.

Rhymes with PIECE

2piece

verb
piecedpiec·ing

Definition of PIECE

transitive verb
1
:  to repair, renew, or complete by adding pieces :  patch
2
:  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
PIECED Defined for Kids

1piece

noun \ˈpēs\

Definition of PIECE for Kids

1
:  a part cut, torn, or broken from something <a piece of pie>
2
:  one of a group, set, or mass of things <a piece of mail> <a three-piece suit>
3
:  a portion marked off <a piece of land>
4
:  a single item or example <a piece of news>
5
:  a definite amount or size in which something is made or sold <a piece of paper>
6
:  something made or written <a piece of music>
7
:  a movable object used in playing a board game <a chess piece>
8
:  1coin 1 <a fifty-cent piece>
in one piece
:  not broken, hurt, or damaged

2piece

verb
piecedpiec·ing

Definition of PIECE for Kids

:  to join into a whole :  connect the parts or pieces of <I pieced a puzzle together.>

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