I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *pettia, of Gaulish origin; akin to Welsh peth thing Date: 13th century 1. a part of a whole: as a. fragment <
pieces of broken glass
b. any of the individual members comprising a unit — often used in combination <
a five-piece band
a three-piece suit
c. portion, allocation <
a piece of the jackpot
2. an object or individual regarded as a unit of a kind or class <
a piece of fruit
3. a usually unspecified distance <
down the road a piece
4. a standard quantity (as of length, weight, or size) in which something is made or sold 5. a literary, journalistic, artistic, dramatic, or musical composition 6. firearm 7. coin; also token 8. a movable object used in playing a board game; specifically a chessman other than a pawn 9. opinion, view <
spoke his piece
10. a. usually vulgar an act of copulation b. usually vulgar the female partner in sexual intercourse 11. instance, example <
silly piece of nonsense
a nice piece of acting
Synonyms: see part II. transitive verb (pieced; piecing) Date: 15th century 1. to repair, renew, or complete by adding pieces ; patch 2. to join into a whole — often used with together <
his new book…has been pieced together from talks — Merle Miller
piecer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • pièce — [ pjɛs ] n. f. • 1080; lat. médiév. petia, d o. gaul. °pettia I ♦ Partie séparée (brisée, déchirée) d un tout. ⇒ fragment, morceau. « un cristal, jeté violemment sur le sol et qui y volait en mille pièces » (Barbey). Mettre en pièces qqch., le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • piece — PIECE. sub. f. Partie, portion, morceau d un tout. Une piece de pain. une piece de viande, une piece de bois. on distribuoit par jour aux troupes tant de pieces de viande. & tant de pieces de bois. un acroc luy a emporté une piece de son habit.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • piece — Piece, signifie une partie separée de quelque chose entiere, comme une piece de pain, une piece de fromage, Segmen. Il signifie aussi non une partie, ains toute la piece entiere, comme quand nous disons une piece de toile, de drap, de velours, de …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Piece — Piece, n. [OE. pece, F. pi[ e]ce, 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}.] 1. A fragment or part of anything separated from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Piece — Pièce Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • piece — ► NOUN 1) a portion separated from or regarded distinctly from the whole. 2) an item used in constructing something or forming part of a set. 3) a musical or written work. 4) a figure or token used to make moves in a board game. 5) a coin of… …   English terms dictionary

  • piece — [pēs] n. [ME pece < OFr < ML * pettia < Celt * pett > Welsh peth, part, Bret pez, piece] 1. a part or fragment broken or separated from the whole 2. a section, division, or quantity regarded as complete in itself and distinct from the …   English World dictionary

  • Piece — 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. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To unite; to join; to combine. Fuller …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Piece — Piece, v. i. To unite by a coalescence of parts; to fit together; to join. It pieced better. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • piece — An individually addressed mailpiece. This definition also applies when piece is used in eligibility standards. Quantities indicated for optional or required sortations always refer to pieces unless specifically excepted …   Glossary of postal terms

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