Piece (?), n. [OE. pece, F. piece, 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.]


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.

Bring it out piece by piece. Ezek. xxiv. 6.


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

; especially: (a)

A literary or artistic composition; as, a piece of poetry, music, or statuary

. (b)

A musket, gun, or cannon; as, a battery of six pieces; a following piece

. (c)

A coin; as, a sixpenny piece; -- formerly applied specifically to an English gold coin worth 22 shillings

. (d)

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.

"If I had not been a piece of a logician before I came to him."

Sir P. Sidney.

Thy mother was a piece of virtue. Shak.

His own spirit is as unsettled a piece as there is in all the world. Coleridge.

<-- a piece of cake, a task easily accomplished. a piece of work, a disparaging term for a person considered to have an excess of some undesirable quality; esp. difficult or eccentric person. Piece of ass vulgar term for a woman, considered as a partner in sexual intercourse -->

5. Chess

One of the superior men, distinguished from a pawn.


A castle; a fortified building.



Of a piece, of the same sort, as if taken from the same whole; like; -- sometimes followed by with. Dryden. -- Piece of eight, the Spanish piaster, formerly divided into eight reals. -- To give a piece of one's mind to, to speak plainly, bluntly, or severely to (another). Thackeray. -- Piece broker, one who buys shreds and remnants of cloth to sell again. -- Piece goods, goods usually sold by pieces or fixed portions, as shirtings, calicoes, sheetings, and the like.


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Piece, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pieced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Piecing (?).]


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.


His adversaries . . . pieced themselves together in a joint opposition against him. Fuller.


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Piece (?), v. i.

To unite by a coalescence of parts; to fit together; to join.

"It pieced better."



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