Piece, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pieced p. pr. & vb. n. Piecing ]
1. To make, enlarge, or repair, by the addition of a piece or pieces; to patch; as, to piece a garment; -- often with out.
2. To unite; to join; to combine.
His adversaries . . . pieced themselves together in a joint opposition against him. --Fuller.
1. 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.
2. A definite portion or quantity, as of goods or work; as, a piece of broadcloth; a piece of wall paper.
3. 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.
4. 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.”
Thy mother was a piece of virtue. --Shak.
His own spirit is as unsettled a piece as there is in all the world. --Coleridge.
5. Chess One of the superior men, distinguished from a pawn.
6. A castle; a fortified building. [Obs.]
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.
Piece v. i. To unite by a coalescence of parts; to fit together; to join. “It pieced better.”
n 1: a separate part of a whole; "an important piece of the
2: an item that is an instance of some type; "he designed a new
piece of equipment"; "she bought a lovely piece of china";
3: a portion of a natural object; "they analyzed the river into
three parts"; "he needed a piece of granite" [syn: part]
4: a musical work that has been created; "the composition is
written in four movements" [syn: musical composition, opus,
composition, piece of music]
5: an instance of some kind; "it was a nice piece of work"; "he
had a bit of good luck" [syn: bit]
6: an artistic or literary composition; "he wrote an
interesting piece on Iran"; "the children acted out a
comic piece to amuse the guests"
7: a portable gun; "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
[syn: firearm, small-arm]
8: a serving that has been cut from a larger portion; "a piece
of pie"; "a slice of bread" [syn: slice]
9: a distance; "it is down the road a piece"
10: a work of art of some artistic value; "this store sells only
objets d'art"; "it is not known who created this piece"
[syn: objet d'art, art object]
11: 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,
12: a share of something; "a slice of the company's revenue"
13: 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]
v 1: to join or unite the pieces of; "patch the skirt" [syn: patch]
2: make by putting pieces together; "She pieced a quilt"; "He
tacked together some verses" [syn: assemble, put
together, set up, tack, tack together] [ant: disassemble]
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]