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Definition of 'piece'


  1. a separate part of a whole; "an important piece of the evidence"
  2. an item that is an instance of some type; "he designed a new piece of equipment"; "she bought a lovely piece of china";
  3. a portion of a natural object; "they analyzed the river into three parts"; "he needed a piece of granite"
       Synonyms: part
  4. a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
       Synonyms: musical composition opus composition piece of music
  5. an instance of some kind; "it was a nice piece of work"; "he had a bit of good luck"
       Synonyms: bit
  6. an artistic or literary composition; "he wrote an interesting piece on Iran"; "the children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests"
  7. a portable gun; "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
       Synonyms: firearm small-arm
  8. a serving that has been cut from a larger portion; "a piece of pie"; "a slice of bread"
       Synonyms: slice
  9. a distance; "it is down the road a piece"
  10. a work of art of some artistic value; "this store sells only objets d'art"; "it is not known who created this piece"
       Synonyms: objet d'art art object
  11. a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition; "he was here for a little while"; "I need to rest for a piece"; "a spell of good weather"; "a patch of bad weather"
       Synonyms: while spell patch
  12. a share of something; "a slice of the company's revenue"
       Synonyms: slice
  13. game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games; "he taught me to set up the men on the chess board"; "he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage"
       Synonyms: man


  1. to join or unite the pieces of; "patch the skirt"
       Synonyms: patch
  2. create by putting components or members together; "She pieced a quilt"; "He tacked together some verses"; "They set up a committee"
       Synonyms: assemble put together set up tack tack together
       Antonyms: disassemble dismantle take apart break up break apart
  3. join during spinning; "piece the broken pieces of thread, slivers, and rovings"
  4. eat intermittently; take small bites of; "He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"
       Synonyms: nibble pick
  5. repair by adding pieces; "She pieced the china cup"
       Synonyms: patch

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