- 1A portion of an object or of material, produced by cutting, tearing, or breaking the whole: a piece of cheese the dish lay in pieces upon the floor she tore his letters to piecesMore example sentences
- In a second the whole sword was broken in pieces and Kashiro's attack continued.
- Sections of main roads are completely broken to pieces.
- Then she took out a lump of sandalwood from the wall cupboard, washed it, broke it in pieces, dissolved it in water and cleaned her face and arms with the paste.
- 1.1One of the items that were put together to make something and into which it naturally divides: take a car to piecesMore example sentences
- The scribble is constructed from 229 separate pieces of steel, weighs 25 tonnes and has 72 twists.
- All of the pieces are cast or constructed in nonferrous metals, so that they resonate musically.
- Sometimes pieces of the construct will be inserted as well as, or instead of, the full construct.
- 1.2An item of a particular type, especially one forming one of a set: a piece of luggageMore example sentences
- We treat house plants like a piece of the furniture that fills the same space in a room all year round.
- The group consists of 32 dancers, eight singers and a 13 - piece band.
- Five female vocalists belted out soul classics backed by a 14 - piece band.
- 1.3An instance or example: a crucial piece of evidenceMore example sentences
- Changing the public mood would require three crucial pieces of evidence.
- But the crucial piece of evidence would be a description of a possible attacker.
- It also showed that a crucial piece of evidence was a baseball cap dropped by the murderer as he ran from the off licence.
- 1.4A financial share: each employee owns a piece of the companyMore example sentences
- When you buy a share of stock, you purchase a piece of the company. You become part owner of the company.
- Unlike buying equity, investors do not own a piece of the company or government entity.
- You can now give the gift of share ownership to a fan of The Walt Disney Company so they can own a piece of the company.
- 1.5A written, musical, or artistic creation or composition: a hauntingly beautiful piece of musicMore example sentences
- We're not trying to just write songs, we're trying to write musical pieces.
- His close friendships with women produced some of the best-known pieces of music ever written by any composer; but they did not secure him a wife.
- A child prodigy, he wrote his first piece of music at the age of five and completed his first symphony at the age of eight.
- 1.6A coin of specified value: a 10-cent pieceMore example sentences
- Is there any risk that the two euro coin will be mistaken for the Thai 10 baht piece, whose face value is eight times less?
- They also included a selection of threepenny bits, a 1916 halfpenny and a penny piece from 1921.
- Well, you have to admit it's slightly more plausible than upping the value of the penny piece to £1.
- 1.7A figure or token used to make moves in a board game.More example sentences
token, counter, man, disk, chip, marker
- She was sat on her desk, moving some puzzles' pieces, trying to figure out something, maybe an image, or a letter.
- Knowing this, you can try and figure out which pieces are which simply by how they're being moved.
- It was an abstract race game called Tempo in which pieces were moved not by the roll of the dice, but by the playing of cards.
- 1.8 Chess A king, queen, bishop, knight, or rook, as opposed to a pawn.More example sentences
- Here, however, you will find more coverage of endgames with more pieces and pawns.
- This can be done by a pawn break or by a sacrifice involving pieces or pawns.
- Though the Queen is the strongest piece, it is vulnerable to attack by weaker enemy units.
- 1.9 • informal , chiefly North American A firearm.More example sentences
- Not every man knows his way around a shooting piece, but firearms are a manly art.
- It will be surrounded by a two metre-deep trench and have only one entrance, which will be protected by artillery pieces and machine gun posts.
- The cavalry turned in its horses for pack mules because mules could carry artillery pieces through rugged terrain.
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- 1 (piece something together) Assemble something from individual parts: the children took turns piecing together each other’s jigsaw puzzleMore example sentences
- In order to cover all the sky with a single beam, astronomers must piece it together from millions of separate observations, each of a single point.
- Here, two irregular hemispheres were pieced together, as evidenced by a prominent groove that runs around the middle.
- She says ‘I took this image of her in four separate images and pieced it together in Photoshop.’
- 1.1Slowly make sense of something from separate facts and pieces of evidence: Daniel had pieced the story together from the radioMore example sentences
- Anyone who has been awake and alert should have pieced the evidence together sufficiently to arrive at an understanding consistent with the one summarized in the Post story.
- When the evidence is pieced together, it seems that evolution prepared what society later moulded: a brain to believe.
- He's just got to judge the evidence as he pieces it together.
- 2 (piece something out) • archaic Extend.More example sentences
- The Bishop simply "takes notice that the creed was pieced out."
- 3 • archaic Patch: if it be broken it must be piecedMore example sentences
- Many of the designs feature piecing fabric, colour blocking, quilting, and many are reversible as well.
- Occasionally, a stenciled bedcover was pieced with traditional quilt blocks but was not quilted.
- No matter how she pieced them, they contorted into something unacceptable.
a piece of cake
- see cake.
a piece of the action
- • informal A share in the excitement of something.More example sentences
- Publishers, software makers, entertainment companies, and universities themselves are lining up to take a slice of the action.
- They will now aspire to having a slice of the action.
- It's no wonder that the players want a slice of the action.
- A share in the profits accruing from something.More example sentences
- Since the chiller cabinet is proving to be so profitable, many big brands are understandably keen to get a slice of the action.
- But if you can get a slice of the action, or pick some shares up in the grey market, go for it.
- And with that, as the web and related technologies begin to wield more and more influence, someone somewhere is bound to notice - and want as big a slice of the action as they can get.
go to pieces
- Become so nervous or upset that one is unable to behave or perform normally.More example sentences
- We were not complacent and we started off well but they had a lucky break and we went to pieces.
- Her parents split when she was young, and her mother just… went to pieces.
- Some of them go to pieces, some disintegrate, but others rebel.
in one piece
- Unharmed or undamaged, especially after a dangerous experience.More example sentences
- He is expected to perform at this team, just as he did at Williams, but he is also expected to score points by bringing the car home in one piece.
- I was given a prompt refusal when I asked for a guarantee that my computer would reach Delhi in one piece.
- When you meddle with them, you are lucky if you come out all in one piece.
(all) of a piece (with something)
- (Entirely) consistent (with something): his rejection of health-care reform is of a piece with his general disregard for the underprivilegedMore example sentences
- It is a beautiful object, all of a piece and remarkably consistent.
- But it's also clear that this kind of ethnography and nature worship is thoroughly of a piece with her earlier work.
- The covers are of a piece with the whole issue, setting a low-key and intriguing tone.
piece by piece
- In slow and small stages.More example sentences
- This report is another indication that depression is gradually being figured out piece by piece.
- Despite these obstacles, unification is gradually proving possible, piece by piece.
- So piece by piece, we're putting this puzzle together and we're getting closer to solving the problem.
say one's piece
- Give one’s opinion or make a prepared statement.More example sentences
- You said your piece, and nobody else's opinion seemed to matter.
- And in the end, Kate says her piece, eventually sealing the contest.
- The family filtered through into an antechamber and the friends passed by us all one at a time, saying their piece.
tear (or rip) someone/something to pieces
- Criticize someone or something harshly.More example sentences
- The Reds' semi-final exit at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen has led to yet another onslaught by those critics who relish pulling United to pieces.
- Last week he told friends: ‘Over the 24 hours after hearing from Budd about the e-mails, I knew that my reputation would be pulled to pieces.’
- If the left is supposed to be about internationalism and solidarity then the arguments of the anti-war left can be pulled to pieces in five minutes.
Middle English: from Old French piece (compare with medieval Latin pecia, petium), of obscure ultimate origin.