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

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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
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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, "Cincinnati Opera makes history with Missy Mazzoli's 'Song from the Uproar'," 19 July 2017 This is why the war stories of Tom Clancy are such convincing and moving pieces of fiction. Janine Barchas, Washington Post, "Jane Austen is a fraud," 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, "BBC explores Alabama's Underwater Forest, and Reddit hosts an Ask Me Anything," 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, "You've Been Using a Lemon Juicer All Wrong," 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, "Is the Media Overhyping the Trump-Russia Scandal?," 14 July 2017 Alan Jacobs, a professor at Baylor University, has written eloquently about that last piece. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "The Problem With Helicopter Colleges," 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, "5 Places to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day, Which is a Very Important Day," 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, "Picture perfectThe photography market is about not just names," 13 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Justice Department's special Nazi-hunting unit started piecing together Palij's past after a fellow Trawniki guard identified him to Canadian authorities in 1989. Michael R. Sisak, Fox News, "US deports former Nazi camp guard, 95, to Germany," 21 Aug. 2018 But science won’t be able to fully mobilize that system without the help of myriad specialists, all working from different angles to piece together the incredibly complex puzzle of human immunity. Greg Kahn, Smithsonian, "Could Immunotherapy Lead the Way to Fighting Cancer?," 22 Mar. 2018 The premise is rooted in Sarah’s desire to make a movie piecing together her mother through the remembrances of her friends and family members. Vogue, "These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time," 8 Aug. 2018 Rather than figure out which shades will complement on another, simply stick with one or two tones that are similar to save yourself from having to piece together that puzzle. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "9 Pretty Spring 2019 Makeup Trends You're Going to See Everywhere," 5 Mar. 2019 That arrogance left it deaf to the feedback of partners, potential users, and people who had spent careers learning the lessons Facebook has had to piece together on its own. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "What Happened to Facebook's Grand Plan to Wire the World?," 17 May 2018 Natalie and Lauren have to piece the puzzle together to unravel Ashley’s mysterious disappearance in this suspenseful novel. Denise Davidson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Summer arts preview: Top 5 book picks," 13 May 2018 Detectives pieced together the case against Dowdle through witness statements, a car-rental agreement and gas-station receipts from a trip to Central Washington, as well as cellphone and bank records. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Police: Woman who fled to Japan after 2011 homicide is booked into the King County Jail," 4 Dec. 2018 But archeologists can use the objects as well as documents to piece together the full story of daily life. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "‘This is a whole new body of literature’: Records being digitized could give us new perspective on Colonial life," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of piece was in the 13th century

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piece

noun

English Language Learners Definition of piece

: 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

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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