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piece

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noun \ˈpēs\

Definition of piece

  1. 1 :  a part of a whole: such asa :  fragment pieces of broken glassb :  any of the individual members comprising a unit —often used in combination a five-piece band a three-piece suitc :  portion, allocation a piece of the jackpot

  2. 2 :  an object or individual regarded as a unit of a kind or class a piece of fruit

  3. 3 :  a usually unspecified distance down the road a piece

  4. 4 :  a standard quantity (as of length, weight, or size) in which something is made or sold

  5. 5 :  a literary, journalistic, artistic, dramatic, or musical composition

  6. 6 :  firearm

  7. 7 :  coin; also :  token

  8. 8 :  a movable object used in playing a board game; specifically :  a chessman other than a pawn

  9. 9 :  opinion, view spoke his piece

  10. 10a vulgar :  an act of copulationb vulgar :  the female partner in sexual intercourse

  11. 11 :  instance, example silly piece of nonsense a nice piece of acting

of a piece

piece of one's mind

  1. :  a severe scolding :  tongue-lashing

piece of the action

  1. :  a share in activity or profit

to pieces

  1. 1 :  without reserve or restraint :  completely

  2. 2 :  into fragments; also :  into component parts

  3. 3 :  out of control went to pieces from shock

Examples of piece in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of piece

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

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

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piece

verb

Definition of piece

pieced

;

piecing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to repair, renew, or complete by adding pieces :  patch

  3. 2 :  to join into a whole —often used with together his new book … has been pieced together from talks — Merle Miller

piecer

noun

Examples of piece in a Sentence

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

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15th Century

First Known Use of piece

15th century


PIECE Defined for English Language Learners

piece

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noun

Definition of piece for English Language Learners

  • : an amount that is cut or separated from a larger section of something

  • : an amount of something considered separately from the rest

  • : a small often broken part of something


PIECE Defined for Kids

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piece

play
noun \ˈpēs\

Definition of piece for Students

  1. 1 :  a part cut, torn, or broken from something a piece of pie

  2. 2 :  one of a group, set, or mass of things a piece of mail a three-piece suit

  3. 3 :  a portion marked off a piece of land

  4. 4 :  a single item or example a piece of news

  5. 5 :  a definite amount or size in which something is made or sold a piece of paper

  6. 6 :  something made or written a piece of music

  7. 7 :  a movable object used in playing a board game a chess piece

  8. 8 :  1coin 1 a fifty-cent piece

in one piece

  1. :  not broken, hurt, or damaged


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piece

play
verb

Definition of piece for Students

pieced

;

piecing

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



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