Piece - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |piːs|  American pronunciation of the word piece
Brit.  |piːs|  British pronunciation 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 (syn: part)
he designed a new piece of equipment
she bought a lovely piece of china
- a portion of a natural object (syn: part)
he needed a piece of granite
- a musical work that has been created (syn: composition, opus)
- an instance of some kind (syn: bit)
it was a nice piece of work
- an artistic or literary composition
he wrote an interesting piece on Iran
the children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests
- a portable gun (syn: firearm)
- a serving that has been cut from a larger portion (syn: slice)
a piece of pie
- a distance
it is down the road a piece
- a work of art of some artistic value
it is not known who created this piece
- a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition (syn: patch, spell, while)
I need to rest for a piece
- a share of something (syn: slice)
- game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games (syn: man)
he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage


- to join or unite the pieces of (syn: patch)
- create by putting components or members together (syn: assemble, set up, tack)
She pieced a quilt
- join during spinning
piece the broken pieces of thread, slivers, and rovings
- eat intermittently; take small bites of (syn: nibble, pick)
He pieced at the sandwich all morning
- repair by adding pieces (syn: patch)
She pieced the china cup

Extra examples

Divide the pie into six equal pieces.

The cheese was cut into small pieces and arranged on a silver platter.

You have a piece of lettuce stuck between your teeth.

Her broken bicycle lay in pieces by the side of the road.

I watched her rip the letter to pieces and throw it away.

There are 12 pieces in this stainless steel knife set.

A jigsaw puzzle with 500 pieces

We're missing one piece of the puzzle.

I took apart the engine piece by piece and put it back together again.

...you might want to piece together a quilt from those odd patches of cloth...

The local paper did a piece about me.

We'll stop down the road a piece and give the horse some more hay.

She pieced the skirt with a patch of black silk.

He dished the Greek shield from a single sheet of copper and pieced the rim.

The patchwork was pieced into unusual long hexagon shapes.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: piece
he/she/it: pieces
present participle: piecing
past tense: pieced
past participle: pieced
singular: piece
plural: pieces
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