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Definition of PIECES

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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 whole, in any manner, as by cutting, splitting, breaking, or tearing; a part; a portion; as, a piece of sugar; to break in pieces. [1913 Webster]

              Bring it out piece by piece.          --Ezek. xxiv.
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     2. A definite portion or quantity, as of goods or work; as, a piece of broadcloth; a piece of wall paper. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     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." --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

              Thy mother was a piece of virtue.     --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              His own spirit is as unsettled a piece as there is in all the world.                     --Coleridge. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

     5. (Chess) One of the superior men, distinguished from a pawn. [1913 Webster]

     6. A castle; a fortified building. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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.
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              His adversaries . . . pieced themselves together in a joint opposition against him.       --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Piece \Piece\, v. i.
     To unite by a coalescence of parts; to fit together; to join.
     "It pieced better." --Bacon.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

551 Moby Thesaurus words for "piece":
     Grand Guignol, Nachtmusik, Passion play, Tom show, absolute music, actor, adaptation, aesthetic distance, air, air varie, aleatory, aleatory music, alike, allotment, allowance, antagonist, antihero, antimasque, arrangement, art object, article, ass, assemble, audience success, autograph, automatic, babe, baby, bait, ballet, bawling-out, beat, big end, bigger half, bishop, bit, bit part, bite, blowgun, blowpipe, bolt, bomb, brainchild, break down, breeze, bric-a-brac, broad, broadcast drama, broken, budget, budget of news, burlesque show, butt, cast, castle, causerie, chamber music, chamber orchestra, character, charade, chessman, chick, chiding, chip, chunk, cinch, classic, clearance, cliff hanger, clip, clipping, closet drama, coil, coin, colleen, collop, comedy drama, commission, compass, compose, composition, computer printout, connect, contingent, copy, crack up, creation, critical success, crown, crumb, crumble, cue, cut, cutie, cutting, dame, damoiselle, damsel, daytime serial, deal, deep space, demoiselle, depths of space, descant, design, destiny, destroyed, dialogue, discourse, discussion, disintegrate, disquisition, dissertation, distance, ditty, divergence, dividend, division, document, documentary drama, dole, doll, dollop, double eagle, doubloon, draft, drama, dramalogue, dramatic play, dramatic series, draughtsman, dressing-down, ducat, duodrama, duologue, eagle, edited version, electronic music, end, engrossment, epic theater, equal share, essay, etude, examination, exclusive, excursus, exercise, experimental theater, exposition, extent, extravaganza, failure, fair copy, farness, fat part, fate, feature, feeder, fiction, filly, final draft, finished version, firearm, first approach, first draft, five-dollar gold piece, fix, flamethrower, flimsy, flop, fraction, fragment, frail, gal, gasser, gat, gather, girl, girlie, giveaway, go to pieces, gob, gobbet, gold piece, grotesque, guinea, gun, half, half crown, half eagle, halver, handgun, happening, hard money, harmonious, harmonization, heater, heavy, heifer, hell, helping, hero, heroine, hit, hit show, holding, holograph, homily, hot number, hoyden, hunk, identical, improvisational drama, in agreement, in harmony, in keeping, in pieces, incidental music, infinity, ingenue, instrumental music, interest, introductory study, invention, jeune fille, jill, jingle, junior miss, king, kitsch, knight, lass, lassie, lead, lead role, lead-pipe cinch, leading lady, leading man, leading woman, lecture, leeway, legitimate drama, length, letter, light-years, lines, literae scriptae, literary artefact, literary production, literature, little missy, lot, lucubration, lump, mademoiselle, maid, maiden, man, manuscript, margin, masque, master, masterpiece, masterwork, matter, measure, meat, meed, melodrama, melody, member, memoir, mend, mess, mileage, minstrel show, miracle, miracle play, miss, missy, mobile, modicum, moidore, moiety, monodrama, monograph, monologue, morality, morality play, morceau, morsel, museum piece, music, music drama, musical revue, musket, mystery, mystery play, napoleon, news item, nocturne, nonfiction, note, nude, nymphet, old master, opera, opus, orchestration, original, outline, pageant, pandect, panel show, pantomime, paper, paragraph, parcel, parchment, paring, parsecs, part, particle, pasticcio, pastiche, pastoral, pastoral drama, pawn, peashooter, penscript, percentage, person, personage, perspective, piece of ass, piece of cake, piece of meat, piece of money, piece of silver, piece of virtu, piece of writing, piece together, pistol, play, playlet, poem, portion, pound sovereign, preliminary study, printed matter, printout, problem play, production, program music, prolegomenon, proportion, protagonist, psychodrama, put together, quantity, quantum, queen, quiz show, quota, radio drama, rake-off, range, rasher, ration, reach, reading matter, rebuke, recension, remnant, remoteness, repeater, report, reprimand, research paper, restore, review, revolver, revue, ricercar, rifle, rod, role, roll, roll of coins, romp, rook, rouleau, ruined, run, sample, sawed-off shotgun, schoolgirl, schoolmaid, schoolmiss, scolding, scoop, score, scrap, screed, scrip, script, scrive, scroll, second draft, section, segment, sensational play, separation, serial, serving, sex goddess, sex object, sex queen, shard, share, shatter, shattered, shaving, shiver, shooting iron, short story, shotgun, show, shred, side, similar, sitcom, situation comedy, six-gun, six-shooter, sketch, skirt, skit, slice, slip, sliver, small share, smashed, smithereen, snack, snap, snatch, snip, snippet, soap, soap opera, sociodrama, sonata, sonatina, song, soubrette, sovereign, space, span, special article, specie, specimen, spectacle, splinter, spot news, stabile, stage play, stage show, stake, statue, still life, stitch, stock, story, straight drama, straight part, stretch, stride, string orchestra, string quartet, strip, stud, study, stump, subdeb, subdebutante, subteen, subteener, supporting character, supporting role, survey, suspense drama, swatch, tableau, tableau vivant, talk show, taste, tatter, teenybopper, teleplay, television drama, television play, ten-dollar gold piece, term paper, the same, the written word, theater of cruelty, theme, theme and variations, thesis, title role, token, tomato, tomboy, tongue-lashing, total theater, tract, tractate, transcript, transcription, treatise, treatment, trio, tune, twenty-dollar gold piece, typescript, uniform, unite, variation, variety show, vaudeville, vaudeville show, vehicle, version, villain, virgin, virtu, walk-on, walking part, way, ways, wedge, wench, what for, word-of-mouth success, work, work of art, writing, young creature, young thing


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