Piece meaning

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The definition of a piece is a part of a whole.

An example of piece is a slice of pizza.

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A portion or part that has been separated from a whole.

A piece of pie.

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(US, Canada, colloquial) (short for hairpiece); a toupee or wig, usually when worn by a man.

The announcer is wearing a new piece.

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A thing considered as a unit or an element of a larger thing, quantity, or class; a portion.

A piece of string.

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An artistic, musical, or literary work or composition.
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An instance; a specimen.

A piece of sheer folly.

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What one has to say about something; an opinion.

Speak one's piece.

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A firearm, especially a rifle.
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An artistic creation, such as a painting, sculpture, musical composition, literary work, etc.

She played two beautiful pieces on the piano.

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An object that is one member of a group or class.

A piece of furniture.

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A part or fragment broken or separated from the whole.
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A section, division, or quantity regarded as complete in itself and distinct from the whole of which it is a part.
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Any single thing, amount, specimen, example, etc.
  • 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.
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The quantity or size, as of cloth or wallpaper, that is manufactured as a unit.
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An amount or unit of work constituting a single job.
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An indefinite distance or duration; often, specif., a rather short one.
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A person; individual.
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A financial interest; share.
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To add a piece or pieces to, as in repairing or enlarging.

To piece a pair of trousers.

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To join or unite.
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To eat a snack between meals.
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A single item belonging to a class of similar items: as, for example, a piece of machinery, a piece of software.
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(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.
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A coin, especially one valued at less than the principal unit of currency.

A sixpenny piece.

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(Scotland, Ireland, UK dialectal, US dialectal) A slice or other quantity of bread, eaten on its own; a sandwich or light snack.
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(US, slang) A cannabis pipe.
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(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.

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(dated, sometimes derogatory) An individual; a person.
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(usually with together) To assemble (something real or figurative).

These clues allowed us to piece together the solution to the mystery.

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To make, enlarge, or repair, by the addition of a piece or pieces; to patch; often with out.

To piece a garment.

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(slang) To produce a work of graffiti more complex than a tag.
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Piece is defined as to put together or to fix.

An example of piece is to sew quilt squares together.

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A coin.

A ten-cent piece.

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A given distance.
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To mend by adding pieces or a piece to.

Piece a dress.

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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.

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A part of a larger whole, usually in such a form that it is able to be separated from other parts.
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(US, colloquial) A gun.

He's packin' a piece!

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(US, colloquial, vulgar) A sexual encounter; from piece of ass or piece of tail.

I got a piece at lunchtime.

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(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.

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(US) A pacifier.
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a piece of (one's) mind
  • Frank and severe criticism; censure.
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of a piece
  • Belonging to the same class or kind.
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piece by piece
  • In stages:.
    Took the clock apart piece by piece.
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piece of ass
  • A person, especially a woman, considered sexually attractive.
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piece of cake
  • Something very easy to do.
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piece of the action
  • A share of an activity or of profits:.
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piece of work
  • A remarkable person, achievement, or product:.
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go to pieces
  • To break into pieces; fall apart.
  • To lose all self-control, morally or emotionally.
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of a piece
  • Of the same sort; alike; consistent (with).
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piece together
  • To join the pieces of, as in mending.
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speak one's piece
  • To vent one's views or opinions.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of piece

  • Middle English pece from Old French from Vulgar Latin pettia probably of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English pece, from Anglo-Norman peece, peice et al. and Old French pece, piece et al., apparently from Late Latin *pettia, *pettium. Ultimate origin uncertain; perhaps from Transalpine Gaulish (compare Welsh peth, Breton pez (“thing"), Irish cuid (“part")).

    From Wiktionary