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piece

Noun

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" [syn: part]
4 a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements" [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: firearm, small-arm]
8 a serving that has been cut from a larger portion; "a piece of pie"; "a slice of bread" [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: while, spell, patch]
12 a share of something; "a slice of the company's revenue" [syn: 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" [syn: man]

Verb

1 to join or unite the pieces of; "patch the skirt" [syn: patch]
2 make by putting pieces together; "She pieced a quilt"; "He tacked together some verses" [syn: assemble, put together, set up, tack, tack together] [ant: disassemble]
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" [syn: nibble, pick]
5 repair by adding pieces; "She pieced the china cup" [syn: patch]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A part of a larger whole, usually in such a form that it is able to be separated from other parts.
  2. A single item belonging to a class of similar items: as, for example, a piece of machinery, a piece of software.
  3. In the context of "slang|UK": (plural) sandwiches, packed lunch.
  4. In the context of "slang|US": A sexual encounter.
    I got a piece at lunchtime.
  5. In the context of "slang|US": A gun.
    He's packin' a piece!
  6. In the context of "slang|US}} A cannabis pipe.

Extensive Definition

A Piece may be:
Pieces may refer to:
piece in German: Stück
piece in Spanish: Pieza
piece in French: Pièce

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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money, harmonious, harmonization, heater, heavy, heifer, hell, helping, hero, heroine, hit, hit show, holding, holograph, homily, hot number, hoyden, hunk, identical, improvisational drama, in agreement, in harmony, in keeping, in pieces, incidental music, infinity, ingenue, instrumental music, interest, introductory study, invention, jeune fille, jill, jingle, junior miss, king, kitsch, knight, lass, lassie, lead, lead role, lead-pipe cinch, leading lady, leading man, leading woman, lecture, leeway, legitimate drama, length, letter, light-years, lines, literae scriptae, literary artefact, literary production, literature, little missy, lot, lucubration, lump, mademoiselle, maid, maiden, man, manuscript, margin, masque, master, masterpiece, masterwork, matter, measure, meat, meed, melodrama, melody, member, memoir, mend, mess, mileage, minstrel show, miracle, miracle play, miss, missy, mobile, modicum, moidore, moiety, monodrama, monograph, monologue, morality, morality play, morceau, morsel, museum piece, music, music drama, musical revue, musket, mystery, mystery play, napoleon, news item, nocturne, nonfiction, note, nude, nymphet, old master, opera, opus, orchestration, original, outline, pageant, pandect, panel show, pantomime, paper, paragraph, parcel, parchment, paring, parsecs, part, particle, pasticcio, pastiche, pastoral, pastoral drama, pawn, peashooter, penscript, percentage, person, personage, perspective, piece of ass, piece of cake, piece of meat, piece of money, piece of silver, piece of virtu, piece of writing, piece together, pistol, play, playlet, poem, portion, pound sovereign, preliminary study, printed matter, printout, problem play, production, program music, prolegomenon, proportion, protagonist, psychodrama, put together, quantity, quantum, queen, quiz show, quota, radio drama, rake-off, range, rasher, ration, reach, reading matter, rebuke, recension, remnant, remoteness, repeater, report, reprimand, research paper, restore, review, revolver, revue, ricercar, rifle, rod, role, roll, roll of coins, romp, rook, rouleau, ruined, run, sample, sawed-off shotgun, schoolgirl, schoolmaid, schoolmiss, scolding, scoop, score, scrap, screed, scrip, script, scrive, scroll, second draft, section, segment, sensational play, separation, serial, serving, sex goddess, sex object, sex queen, shard, share, shatter, shattered, shaving, shiver, shooting iron, short story, shotgun, show, shred, side, similar, sitcom, situation comedy, six-gun, six-shooter, sketch, skirt, skit, slice, slip, sliver, small share, smashed, smithereen, snack, snap, snatch, snip, snippet, soap, soap opera, sociodrama, sonata, sonatina, song, soubrette, sovereign, space, span, special article, specie, specimen, spectacle, splinter, spot news, stabile, stage play, stage show, stake, statue, still life, stitch, stock, story, straight drama, straight part, stretch, stride, string orchestra, string quartet, strip, stud, study, stump, subdeb, subdebutante, subteen, subteener, supporting character, supporting role, survey, suspense drama, swatch, tableau, tableau vivant, talk show, taste, tatter, teenybopper, teleplay, television drama, television play, ten-dollar gold piece, term paper, the same, the written word, theater of cruelty, theme, theme and variations, thesis, title role, token, tomato, tomboy, tongue-lashing, total theater, tract, tractate, transcript, transcription, treatise, treatment, trio, tune, twenty-dollar gold piece, typescript, uniform, unite, variation, variety show, vaudeville, vaudeville show, vehicle, version, villain, virgin, virtu, walk-on, walking part, way, ways, wedge, wench, what for, word-of-mouth success, work, work of art, writing, young creature, young thing
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