- 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 on the floorMore example sentences
bit, section, slice, chunk, segment, lump, hunk; wedge, slab, knob, block, cake, bar, tablet, brick, cube, stick, length; offcut, sample, particle, fragment, flake, sliver, splinter, wafer, chip, crumb, grain, speck, scrap, remnant, shred, shard, snippet, mite; mouthful, morselBritish • informal wodgebroken, in bits, shattered, smashed, in smithereens• informal bust
- 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.
- 1.1An item used in constructing something: 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 forming part 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.
- 1.3A 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.
- 2A written, musical, or artistic creation: a haunting 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.
- 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.
- 4 [with modifier] A coin of specified value: a 10p 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.
- 5A figure or token used to make moves in a board game: a chess pieceMore example sentences
- 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.
- 5.1 Chess A king, queen, bishop, knight, or rook, as opposed to a pawn: indicate which piece or pawn is takenMore 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.
- 6 • 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 parts or pieces: the dinosaur was pieced together from 119 bonesMore 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 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 something: his coming and assisting them was like a cordial given to a dying man, which doth piece out his lifeMore example sentences
- The Bishop simply "takes notice that the creed was pieced out."
- 3 • archaic Patch (something): 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.
- • informal A share in an exciting or profitable enterprise: they’d underwrite the cost of the drilling in return for a piece of the actionMore 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.
come (or fall) to pieces
- Break into parts or become damaged: it splintered loudly and fell to pieces under his weightMore example sentences
- My old paperback copy of City of Night is falling to pieces.
- My only pair of smart shoes had fallen to pieces a few days earlier.
- Most of these you see from the highway are falling to pieces.
go to pieces
- Become so upset or nervous that one is unable to function normally: my mother went to pieces after his deathMore 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: don’t worry, I’ll get you there in one pieceMore 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
- (Entirely) consistent: the art and science of any culture are of a pieceMore example sentences
similar, alike, (exactly) the same, indistinguishable, undistinguishable, identical, uniform, of the same kind, twin, interchangeable, undifferentiated, homogeneous, cut from the same cloth, consistent, unvarying; corresponding, correspondent, commensurate, equivalent, matching, like, parallel, analogous, comparable, cognate, equal• informal like (two) peas in a pod, much of a muchness, (like) Tweedledum and Tweedledee
- 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 gradual stages: I intend to approach this problem piece by pieceMore 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.
piece of water
- A small lake or pond.More example sentences
- The Corryvreckan is a treacherous piece of water but there are times when it resembles a flat-calm swimming pool.
- It's a wonderful piece of water, I never tire of it.
- Except for the large number of trailered boats heading skyward, there seemed to be no particular reason to expect a usable piece of water 6,700 feet above sea level - yet there it was.
piece of work
- • informal A person of a specified kind, especially an unpleasant one: he’s a nasty piece of workMore example sentences
- They are nasty pieces of work, no doubt, but they are by no stretch of the imagination a threat to civilised society.
- It was bad enough that families had to fend off the floodwater, but then they had to fend off those nasty pieces of work who sought to take advantage.
- She may well tell us, for instance, that Mr Brown is a nasty piece of work, and that Mrs Green will one day be declared a saint.
say one's piece
- Give one’s opinion or make a prepared statement: I’ve said my piece, it’s up to youMore 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 pull) someone/thing to pieces
- Criticize someone or something harshly: theatre critics would tear the production to piecesMore example sentences
criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, give a bad press to, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savageAustralian/New Zealand • informal bag• rare excoriatecriticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savageAustralian/New Zealand • informal bag• archaic slash• rare excoriate
- 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.