Definitions for piece
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word piece.
a separate part of a whole
"an important piece of the evidence"
an item that is an instance of some type
"he designed a new piece of equipment"; "she bought a lovely piece of china";
a portion of a natural object
"they analyzed the river into three parts"; "he needed a piece of granite"
musical composition, opus, composition, piece, piece of musicnoun
a musical work that has been created
"the composition is written in four movements"
an instance of some kind
"it was a nice piece of work"; "he had a bit of good luck"
an artistic or literary composition
"he wrote an interesting piece on Iran"; "the children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests"
firearm, piece, small-armnoun
a portable gun
"he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
a serving that has been cut from a larger portion
"a piece of pie"; "a slice of bread"
"it is down the road a piece"
objet d'art, art object, piecenoun
a work of art of some artistic value
"this store sells only objets d'art"; "it is not known who created this piece"
while, piece, spell, patchnoun
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"
a share of something
"a slice of the company's revenue"
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"
to join or unite the pieces of
"patch the skirt"
assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack togetherverb
create by putting components or members together
"She pieced a quilt"; "He tacked together some verses"; "They set up a committee"
join during spinning
"piece the broken pieces of thread, slivers, and rovings"
nibble, pick, pieceverb
eat intermittently; take small bites of
"He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"
repair by adding pieces
"She pieced the china cup"
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.
One of the small objects played in board games, e.g. a pawn or a draught.
A coin, especially one valued at less than the principal unit of currency.
An artistic creation, such as a painting, sculpture, musical composition, literary work, etc.
She played two beautiful pieces on the piano.
An artillery gun.
(short for hairpiece); a toupee or wig, usually when worn by a man.
The announcer is wearing a new piece.
A slice or other quantity of bread, eaten on its own; a sandwich or light snack.
He's packin' a piece!
(usually with "together"): To reassemble something (real or metaphorically.)
A sexual encounter; from piece of ass or piece of tail
I got a piece at lunchtime.
(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.
A cannabis pipe.
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.
Etymology: pece, from peece, peice et al. and pece, piece et al., apparently from *, *. Ultimate origin uncertain; perhaps from (compare peth, pez, cuid).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
1.A patch. Robert Ainsworth
Etymology: piece, Fr.
Bring it out piece by piece. Ezekiel xxiv. 26.
The chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded to take him by force. Acts.
These lesser rocks or great bulky stones, that lie scattered in the sea or upon the land, are they not manifest fragments and pieces of these greater masses. Burnet.
A man that is in Rome can scarce see an object, that does not call to mind a piece of a Latin poet or historian. Addison.
It is accounted a piece of excellent knowledge, to know the laws of the land. John Tillotson.
If unnatural, the finest colours are but dawbing, and the piece is a beautiful monster at the best. Dryden.
Each heav’nly piece unweary’d we compare,
Match Raphael’s grace with thy lov’d Guido’s air. Alexander Pope.
He wrote several pieces, which he did not assume the honour of. Addison.
A piece of ord’nance ’gainst it I have plac’d. William Shakespeare.
Many of the ships have brass pieces, whereas every piece at least requires four gunners to attend it. Walter Raleigh, Essays.
Pyrrbus, with continual battery of great pieces, did batter the mount. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.
When he cometh to experience of service abroad, or is put to a piece or a pike, he maketh as worthy a soldier as any nation he meeteth with. Edmund Spenser.
The ball goes on in the direction of the stick, or of the body of the piece out of which it is shot. George Cheyne.
When once the poet’s honour ceases,
From reason far his transports rove;
And Boileau, for eight hundred pieces,
Makes Louis take the wall of Jove. Matthew Prior.
I demand, concerning all those creatures that have eyes and ears, whether they might not have had only one eye and one ear a-piece. Henry More, Antidote against Atheism.
Truth and fiction are so aptly mix’d,
That all seems uniform and of a piece. Wentworth Dillon.
When Jupiter granted petitions, a cockle made request, that his house and his body might be all of a piece. Roger L'Estrange.
My own is of a piece with his, and were he living, they are such as he would have written. Dryden.
I appeal to my enemies, if I or any other man could have invented one which had been more of a piece, and more depending on the serious part of the design. Dryden.
Too justly vanish’d from an age like this;
Now she is gone, the world is of a piece. Dryden.
Nothing but madness can please madmen, and a poet must be of a piece with the spectators, to gain a reputation. Dryden.
Etymology: from the noun.
I speak too long, but ’tis to piece the time,
To draw it out in length, William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.
If aught within that little seeming substance,
Or all of it with our displeasure piec’d,
And nothing more may fitly like your grace,
She is yours. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Plant it with women as well as men, that it may spread into generations, and not be pieced from without. Francis Bacon.
He pieces out his wife’s inclination; he gives her folly motion and advantage. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.
Whether the piecing out of an old man’s life is worth the pains, I cannot tell. William Temple.
To join; to coalesce; to be compacted.
Etymology: from the noun.
Let him, that was the cause of this, have power
To take off so much grief from you, as he
Will piece up in himself. William Shakespeare.
The cunning priest chose Plantagenet to be the subject his pupil should personate; because he was more in the present speech of the people, and it pieced better and followed more close upon the bruit of Plantagenet’s escape. Francis Bacon.
A piece generally refers to a part or unit of something larger or a segment that has been separated or divided from a whole. It can also refer to an object or item, often associated with an artistic creation or a component of a particular set or collection.
a fragment or part of anything separated from the whole, in any manner, as by cutting, splitting, breaking, or tearing; a part; a portion; as, a piece of sugar; to break in pieces
a definite portion or quantity, as of goods or work; as, a piece of broadcloth; a piece of wall paper
any one thing conceived of as apart from other things of the same kind; an individual article; a distinct single effort of a series; a definite performance
a literary or artistic composition; as, a piece of poetry, music, or statuary
a musket, gun, or cannon; as, a battery of six pieces; a following piece
a coin; as, a sixpenny piece; -- formerly applied specifically to an English gold coin worth 22 shillings
a fact; an item; as, a piece of news; a piece of knowledge
an individual; -- applied to a person as being of a certain nature or quality; often, but not always, used slightingly or in contempt
one of the superior men, distinguished from a pawn
a castle; a fortified building
to make, enlarge, or repair, by the addition of a piece or pieces; to patch; as, to piece a garment; -- often with out
to unite; to join; to combine
to unite by a coalescence of parts; to fit together; to join
Etymology: [OE. pece, F. pice, LL. pecia, petia, petium, probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. peth a thing, a part, portion, a little, Armor. pez, Gael. & Ir. cuid part, share. Cf. Petty.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pēs, n. a part of anything: a single article: a definite quantity, as of cloth or paper: an amount of work to be done at one time: a separate performance: a literary or artistic composition: a gun: a coin: a man in chess or draughts: a person, generally a woman, in contempt.—v.t. to enlarge by adding a piece: to patch.—v.i. to unite by a joining of parts: to join.—n.pl. Piece′-goods, cotton, linen, woollen, or silk fabrics sold retail in varying lengths.—adj. Piece′less, not made of pieces: entire.—adv. Piece′meal, in pieces or fragments: by pieces: little by little: bit by bit: gradually.—adj. made of pieces: single: separate.—ns. Piec′ener, a piecer; Piec′ening, or Piec′ing, the act of mending, esp. the joining of the ends of yarn, thread, &c. so as to repair breaks; Piec′er, a boy or girl employed in a spinning-factory to join broken threads; Piece′work, work done by the piece or quantity rather than by time.—Pièce de résistance, principal piece: chief event or performance: chief dish at a dinner; Piece of eight, the Spanish peso duro ('hard dollar'), bearing the numeral 8, of the value of 8 reals (prob. the sign $ is derived from this); Piece out, to put together bit by bit; Piece up, to patch up.—Give a piece of one's mind, to give a rating frankly to any one's face; Of a piece, as if of the same piece, the same in nature, &c. [O. Fr. piece—Low L. petium, a piece of land—prob. L. pes, pedis, a foot.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A general name for any kind of ordnance or musket.
In heraldry, an ordinary or charge; as, the fesse, the bend, the pale, the bar, the cross, the saltire, the chevron, are called honorable pieces.
A portion of a whole.
They had every piece of the jigsaw and loved to put it together.
Submitted by MaryC on February 14, 2020
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Piece is ranked #139228 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Piece surname appeared 120 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Piece.
49.1% or 59 total occurrences were Black.
47.5% or 57 total occurrences were White.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'piece' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1205
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'piece' in Written Corpus Frequency: #688
Rank popularity for the word 'piece' in Nouns Frequency: #274
The numerical value of piece in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of piece in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sometime we fail to differ the diamond from glass piece. We mistakenly miss the diamond which is on the road or under our feet. But we also mistakenly run for the glass piece in the jewelry shop. When we mistakenly buy a glass piece as a diamond with high price then we regret for the life time. What have we done for buying the fake one?
Design doesn’t have to be daunting. Some people really find it challenging to take on their entire home, because they don’t know their aesthetic, they don’t know where they want to go, my advice is always find that one piece you love. It could be a pillow, it could be a sofa, it could be a china cabinet – find that one piece and build off that, because if there’s a piece you’re really in love with, it’s a good indication you want to go in that style direction.
Juanita Ooh that boy's a fine piece of work all right. He's a fine piece of ass though, too.
The important piece about the study is that it incorporates the patient's family's voice, all too often, services are developed without the perspective of patients and their families. I think it’s a vital piece and a piece that we have n’t heard much of.
I've been over what I'm supposed to say and I've got to tell you, it's pretty persuasive stuff, but is it the whole truth It's a slice of truth, a morsel, a fraction. It's a piece of the pie, certainly not the whole enchilada, and now that I've been thinking about it, I don't think I could tell the whole truth about anything. That's a pretty heavy burden, because we all just view the world through this little piece of coke bottle. Is there such a thing as objective truth I wonder.
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Translations for piece
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- peçaCatalan, Valencian
- kus, figura, kámenCzech
- stykke, brikDanish
- pieza, pedazo, pieza de artilleríaSpanish
- تکه, مهرهPersian
- osa, kappale, pikkukolikko, lounaspaketii, pano, ase, romu, nappula, teos, eväät, tykki, palaFinnish
- part, morceauFrench
- saothar, píosa, giota, dréachtIrish
- pìos, criomag, mìr, bìdeagScottish Gaelic
- टुकड़ा, खंडHindi
- mosoHaitian Creole
- մաս, կտորArmenian
- hluti, verk, stykkiIcelandic
- brano, pezzo, porzioneItalian
- 部分, 一切れ, 切り身, 一片, ピース, 作品Japanese
- ნაწილი, ნატეხიGeorgian
- fragmentum, frustum, pars, micaLatin
- gabalas, dalisLithuanian
- biċċa, imbarazzMaltese
- onderdeel, stuk, deel, pionDutch
- stykkeNorwegian Nynorsk
- kawałek, część, pionek, moneta, sztuka, element, utwórPolish
- кусок, часть, монета, произведение, штука, фигураRussian
- парче, комад, parče, komad, део, част, deo, častSerbo-Croatian
- kúsok, kusSlovak
- del, kosSlovene
- stycke, pjäs, nyp, puffra, bitSwedish
- gawo, pande, kipande, vipandeSwahili
- อัน, ชิ้นThai
- ٹکڑا, کھنڈUrdu
- שטיק, שלוםYiddish
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