A little girl eats a big piece of pizza.
- The definition of a piece is a part of a whole.
An example of piece is a slice of pizza.
- Piece is defined as to put together or to fix.
An example of piece is to sew quilt squares together.
- a part or fragment broken or separated from the whole
- a section, division, or quantity regarded as complete in itself and distinct from the whole of which it is a part
- any single thing, amount, specimen, example, etc.; specif.,
- an artistic work or composition, as of music, writing, painting, drama, etc.
- an article in a magazine, newspaper, etc.
- an action or its result: a piece of nonsense, business, etc.
- a small firearm, as a pistol or rifle
- a coin or token: a fifty-cent piece
- one of a set or class, as of silver, china, furniture, etc.
- a counter or man, as used in various games; specif., in chess, a chessman other than a pawn
- the quantity or size, as of cloth or wallpaper, that is manufactured as a unit
- an amount or unit of work constituting a single job
- Now Chiefly Dial. an indefinite distance or duration; often, specif., a rather short one
- Now Chiefly Dial. a person; individual
- ⌂ Slang a financial interest; share
- Slang: often regarded as vulgaralso Slangpiece of ass
- a woman regarded as a sexual partner
- an instance of sexual intercourse
Origin of pieceMiddle English pece ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin an unverified form pettia ; from Celtic an unverified form pett- from source Welsh peth, part, Breton pez, piece
- to add a piece or pieces to, as in repairing or enlarging: to piece a pair of trousers
- to join or unite
go to pieces
- to break into pieces; fall apart
- to lose all self-control, morally or emotionally
of a piece
speak one's piece⌂
- A thing considered as a unit or an element of a larger thing, quantity, or class; a portion: a piece of string.
- A portion or part that has been separated from a whole: a piece of pie.
- An object that is one member of a group or class: a piece of furniture.
- An artistic, musical, or literary work or composition: “They are lively and well-plotted pieces, both in prose” (Tucker Brooke).
- An instance; a specimen: a piece of sheer folly.
- What one has to say about something; an opinion: speak one's piece.
- A coin: a ten-cent piece.
- Games a. One of the counters or figures used in playing various board games.b. Any one of the chess figures other than a pawn.
- Slang A firearm, especially a rifle.
- Informal A given distance: “There was farm country down the road on the right a piece” (James Agee).
transitive verbpieced, piec·ing, piec·es
- To mend by adding pieces or a piece to: piece a dress.
- To join or unite the pieces of: He pieced together the vase. She pieced together an account of what had gone on during the stormy meeting.
Origin of pieceMiddle English pece, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *pettia, probably of Celtic origin.
- A part of a larger whole, usually in such a form that it is able to be separated from other parts.
- A single item belonging to a class of similar items: as, for example, a piece of machinery, a piece of software.
- (chess) One of the figures used in playing chess, specifically a higher-value figure as distinguished from a pawn; by extension, a similar counter etc. in other games.
- A coin, especially one valued at less than the principal unit of currency.
- a sixpenny piece
- An artistic creation, such as a painting, sculpture, musical composition, literary work, etc.
- She played two beautiful pieces on the piano.
- An artillery gun.
- (US, Canada, colloquial) (short for hairpiece); a toupee or wig, usually when worn by a man.
- The announcer is wearing a new piece.
- (Scotland, Ireland, UK dialectal, US dialectal) A slice or other quantity of bread, eaten on its own; a sandwich or light snack.
- (US, colloquial) A gun.
- He's packin' a piece!
- (US, colloquial, vulgar) A sexual encounter; from piece of ass or piece of tail
- I got a piece at lunchtime.
- (US, colloquial, mildly vulgar) (short for "piece of crap") a shoddy or worthless object, usually applied to consumer products like vehicles or appliances.
- Ugh, my new computer is such a piece. I'm taking it back to the store tomorrow.
- (US, slang) A cannabis pipe.
- (baseball) Used to describe a pitch that has been hit but not well, usually either being caught by the opposing team or going foul. Usually used in the past tense with got, and never used in the plural.
- he got a piece of that one; she got a piece of the ball [...] and it's going foul.
- (dated, sometimes derogatory) An individual; a person.
- (US) A pacifier.
When used as a baseball term, the term is idiomatic in that the baseball is almost never broken into pieces. It is rare in modern baseball for the cover of a baseball to even partially tear loose. In professional baseball, several new, not previously played baseballs are used in each game.
(third-person singular simple present pieces, present participle piecing, simple past and past participle pieced)
- (usually with together) To assemble (something real or figurative).
- These clues allowed us to piece together the solution to the mystery.
- To make, enlarge, or repair, by the addition of a piece or pieces; to patch; often with out.
- to piece a garment
- (slang) To produce a work of graffiti more complex than a tag.