Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a portable gun
  2. (noun, artifact) game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games
    he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage
  3. (noun, artifact) a work of art of some artistic value
    it is not known who created this piece
  4. (noun, artifact) a separate part of a whole
  5. (noun, artifact) an item that is an instance of some type
    she bought a lovely piece of china
  6. (noun, attribute) a distance
  7. (noun, communication) an artistic or literary composition
    the children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests
  8. (noun, communication) a musical work that has been created
  9. (noun, event) an instance of some kind
    he had a bit of good luck
  10. (noun, food) a serving that has been cut from a larger portion
    a slice of bread
  11. (noun, object) a portion of a natural object
    he needed a piece of granite
  12. (noun, possession) a share of something
  13. (noun, time) a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
    I need to rest for a piece
    a spell of good weather
    a patch of bad weather
  14. (verb, change) repair by adding pieces
  15. (verb, consumption) eat intermittently; take small bites of
    She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles
  16. (verb, contact) join during spinning
  17. (verb, contact) to join or unite the pieces of
  18. (verb, creation) create by putting components or members together
    He tacked together some verses
    They set up a committee

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Alternate forms of Piece

Derivations: piece

Hyponyms: .22, acicula, adagio, afterpiece, allegretto, allegro, andante, arrangement, article, autoloader, bagatelle, base, beam, black, body part, canon, capriccio, checker, chequer, chess piece, chessman, cold snap, cold spell, comfit, compound, confect, confection, configure, confuse, corner, corpus, craton, cutlet, cutting, divertimento, duet, duette, duo, escallop, etude, fantasia, filet, fillet, fish filet, fish fillet, fragment, handgun, hiatus, hot spell, hunk, idyl, idyll, incidental music, intermezzo, introit, jumble, larghetto, largo, lump, medley, mix up, morceau, motet, movement, musical arrangement, musical passage, muzzle loader, nocturne, notturno, nub, octet, octette, passage, pastiche, pastoral, pastorale, piece of cloth, piece of leather, piece of material, pistol, potpourri, program music, programme music, quartet, quartette, quintet, quintette, realisation, realization, reassemble, repeater, repeating firearm, rifle, rig up, riot gun, scallop, scattergun, scollop, scrap, segment, self-loader, septet, septette, serenade, sestet, sextet, sextette, shard, sheet music, sherd, shooting iron, shotgun, side arm, slice, smoothbore, snap, snip, snippet, snipping, solo, song, spindle, strip, stub, study, suite, symphonic poem, tile, toccata, tone poem, trio, twenty-two, vamp, vamp up, virtu, vocal, white, world

Hypernyms: bring together, bushel, case, conjoin, create, creation, distance, doctor, eat, example, fix, furbish up, game equipment, gun, helping, instance, item, join, make, mend, music, part, percentage, portion, repair, restore, serving, share, splice, thing, time, touch on, work of art

Origin of the word Piece

  1. early 13c., "fixed amount, measure, portion," from O.Fr. piece (11c.), from V.L. *pettia, probably from Gaulish (cf. Welsh peth "thing," Breton pez "piece"), from O.Celt. base *pett-. Sense of "portable firearm" first recorded 1580s; that of "chessman" is from 1562. Meaning "person regarded as a sex object" is first recorded 1785 (cf. piece… more

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