piece

noun
\ ˈpēs How to pronounce piece (audio) \

Definition of piece

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a part of a whole: such as
a : fragment pieces of broken glass
b : any of the individual members comprising a unit often used in combination a five-piece banda 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
10a vulgar : an act of copulation
b 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

piece

verb
pieced; piecing

Definition of piece (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from piece

Verb

piecer noun

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Noun

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

Examples of piece in a Sentence

Noun Divide the pie into six equal pieces. The cheese was cut into small pieces and arranged on a silver platter. You have a piece of lettuce stuck between your teeth. Her broken bicycle lay in pieces by the side of the road. I watched her rip the letter to pieces and throw it away. There are 12 pieces in this stainless steel knife set. a jigsaw puzzle with 500 pieces We're missing one piece of the puzzle. I took apart the engine piece by piece and put it back together again. Verb you might want to piece together a quilt from those odd patches of cloth See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mazzoli created a lush score that was alternately sweeping or intimate, sensuous or mystical, yet with a distinctive sound that was her own weaving a thread through the piece. Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com, 19 July 2017 This is why the war stories of Tom Clancy are such convincing and moving pieces of fiction. Janine Barchas, Washington Post, 18 July 2017 Saturday evening, the British Broadcasting Corporation posted a piece about the ancient cypress forest discovered sixty feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, attracting the international attention. Ben Raines, AL.com, 17 July 2017 After cutting your lemon (or lime) in half, cut a small piece of skin off of the other side. Carly Breit, Country Living, 14 July 2017 The public offers a piece of its mind Mic's Celeste Katz discloses that Trump's controversial voter fraud panel won't let the public speak at its first meeting on July 19 but did solicit emails. The Hive, 14 July 2017 Alan Jacobs, a professor at Baylor University, has written eloquently about that last piece. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, 14 July 2017 For those not in the know, Polar Pizza involves a double fudge brownie crust and mint chocolate chip ice cream topped with Oreo cookie pieces. Cole Kazdin, Los Angeles Magazine, 14 July 2017 His beautiful portrait of Ken Moody, one of an edition of ten, was on sale for £25,000 ($31,650), about five times the price of one of Ms Yass’s pieces. The Economist, 13 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The European Union's executive arm, the European Commission, is trying to piece together its sixth sanctions package against Russia, in response to the invasion of Ukraine. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 11 May 2022 The game features a story that’s enticingly cryptic, demanding players piece it together. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 In recent days, residents have slowly started to piece together what transpired in their enclave, emerging from their basement shelters between artillery strikes. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Investigators will try to piece together the plane’s final moments from images reviewing trajectory, altitude, the force of impact and air-traffic data. Bloomberg.com, 31 Mar. 2022 In Take Out, food becomes the conduit for bigger conversations about history, immigration, identity, and how to piece all of those things together. Bettina Makalintal, Bon Appétit, 28 Jan. 2022 And from there, anyone can sort of piece it together as to what this is. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 June 2022 The homeowner instantly recognized a photo of Casey White and helped authorities piece together what had happened. CBS News, 12 May 2022 The homeowner instantly recognized a photo of Casey White and helped authorities piece together what had happened. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of piece

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for piece

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *pettia, of Gaulish origin; akin to Welsh peth thing

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piece

noun
\ ˈpēs How to pronounce piece (audio) \

Kids Definition of piece

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : coin entry 1 sense 1 a fifty-cent piece
in one piece
: not broken, hurt, or damaged

piece

verb
pieced; piecing

Kids Definition of piece (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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