piece of eight

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n piece of eight an old silver Spanish coin; worth 8 reales
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Piece of eight the Spanish piaster, formerly divided into eight reals.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Piece of eight a Spanish coin
    • Piece of eight the Spanish peso duro ('hard dollar'), bearing the numeral 8, of the value of 8 reals (prob. the sign $ is derived from this)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. piece—Low L. petium, a piece of land—prob. L. pes, pedis, a foot.

Usage

In literature:

The force amounted to eight hundred foot and one hundred and fifty horse, and with it three pieces of cannon.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
This piece of tapestry, therefore, if Matilda really worked it, is about eight hundred years old.
"William the Conqueror" by Jacob Abbott
For this universally known coin, see PIECE OF EIGHT.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
After that they returned to Maracaibo again, where they demanded a ransom of thirty thousand pieces of eight for the city.
"Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates" by Howard I. Pyle
I demand thirty thousand pieces of eight ($35,000 or about L6,750) as ransom for your fair city.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
It's there she learned 'Pieces of eight,' and little wonder; three hundred and fifty thousand of 'em, Hawkins!
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Use a piece of cloth about six or eight inches wide and a yard long.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
And my honor as a soldier is worth more to me than fifty pieces of eight.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
This is the eight-panelled altar-piece of the Passion, now in the Basel Museum (Plate 9).
"Holbein" by Beatrice Fortescue
This he was counting out, and arranging according to its kind, in glittering piles of four, eight, and sixteen-dollar pieces.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 365, March, 1846" by Various
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In news:

Canadian bassist Michael Bates uses "Dance of Death," an oddly dissonant piece by Dmitri Shostakovich, as a springboard into eight exploratory originals that allude to various melodies by the 20th-century Russian composer.
Every day for the past eight years, Anu Garg, a 35-year-old computer scientist in Seattle, has been sending out one simple piece of e-mail to a list of recipients around the world.
Why show off just one iconic quote from Shakespeare's greatest play when you can have the entire book on a two-by-eight piece of paper.
When Philly City Council meets tomorrow, they're expected to move forward with the repeal of a eight-year-old piece of progressive legislation that has never yet been put into effect.
Well Styx fans, check this out: STYX is kicking off a US tour on October 14th that will have the band playing their biggest albums, 1977's The Grand Illusion and 1978's Pieces of Eight, in their entirety at every stop.
I have eight pieces of art glass by Dominick Labino.
Members train as paratroopers during an eight-day jump school using WWII-era techniques as a way to honor the veterans and preserve a piece of WWII history.
Inside were eight pieces of bone, including pieces of a skull, face, and a tooth.
Stocks McHopper (Mark Glenwood Weddle) left, and William Bartolomeu Wick (Brandon Hiatt), right, capture Jennifer Tutino, of Naples, while aboard the Pieces of Eight pirate cruise ship on June 18, 2011.
An Indiana woman who spent eight years behind bars for the killing of a blind 94-year-old woman has been freed, after a fingerprint that was prosecutors' crucial piece of evidence against her was found not to be hers, after all.
The hospital hosted a "topping out" ceremony to mark the placement of the final piece of steel on top of the eight-story structure.
After a highly successful run with their 'Grand Illusion ' / 'Pieces of Eight' tour, Styx has decided to extend the US leg with a handful of additional shows that will keep them on the road throughout the end of the year.
On Wednesday Judge Willie Lockette granted Johnson's lawyers extra time to test eight items including hair and pieces of clothing.
One piece, titled "Integration," looks almost like a mandala made out of eight different rotations of the same photo of a dead tree.
I had about eight pieces of 2x6s from an old, non-treated Pin -nic table.
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In science:

There are eight different designs illustrated here all representing the same piece of physical fabric, a situation somewhat opposed to the usual simplification in mathematica l models.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
Instead of one transverse and one longitudinal part, the vertex contains four independent longitudinal pieces and eight transverse pieces off-shell.
A critique of the gauge technique
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