piece (n.)

  1. a separate part of a whole; an important piece of the evidence'

  2. a work of art of some artistic value; this store sells only objets dart; it is not known who created this piece

    [ Syn: objet dart , art object ]

  3. 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 ]

  4. a share of something; a slice of the companys revenue

    [ Syn: slice ]

  5. 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 ]

  6. an item that is an instance of some type; he designed a new piece of equipment; she bought a lovely piece of china;

  7. a portion of a natural object; they analyzed the river into three parts; he needed a piece of granite

    [ Syn: part ]

  8. a musical work that has been created; the composition is written in four movements

    [ Syn: musical composition , opus , composition , piece of music ]

  9. an instance of some kind; it was a nice piece of work; he had a bit of good luck

    [ Syn: bit ]

  10. an artistic or literary composition; he wrote an interesting piece on Iran; the children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests'

  11. a portable gun; he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster

    [ Syn: firearm , small-arm ]

  12. a serving that has been cut from a larger portion; a piece of pie; a slice of bread

    [ Syn: slice ]

  13. a distance; it is down the road a piece'

    piece (v.)

  1. to join or unite the pieces of; patch the skirt

    [ Syn: patch ]

  2. create by putting components or members together; She pieced a quilt; He tacked together some verses; They set up a committee

    [ Syn: assemble , assemble , put together , put together , set up , set up , tack , tack , tack together , tack together ]

  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 ]

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