piece

Definitions

  • Making a Number of Like Pieces from a Given Piece
    Making a Number of Like Pieces from a Given Piece
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v piece repair by adding pieces "She pieced the china cup"
    • v piece eat intermittently; take small bites of "He pieced at the sandwich all morning","She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"
    • v piece join during spinning "piece the broken pieces of thread, slivers, and rovings"
    • v piece to join or unite the pieces of "patch the skirt"
    • v piece create by putting components or members together "She pieced a quilt","He tacked together some verses","They set up a committee"
    • n piece a portable gun "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
    • n piece 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"
    • n piece a work of art of some artistic value "this store sells only objets d'art","it is not known who created this piece"
    • n piece a separate part of a whole "an important piece of the evidence"
    • n piece an item that is an instance of some type; "he designed a new piece of equipment","she bought a lovely piece of china"
    • n piece a distance "it is down the road a piece"
    • n piece an artistic or literary composition "he wrote an interesting piece on Iran","the children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests"
    • n piece a musical work that has been created "the composition is written in four movements"
    • n piece an instance of some kind "it was a nice piece of work","he had a bit of good luck"
    • n piece a serving that has been cut from a larger portion "a piece of pie","a slice of bread"
    • n piece a portion of a natural object "they analyzed the river into three parts","he needed a piece of granite"
    • n piece a share of something "a slice of the company's revenue"
    • n piece 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The King Got One Piece of the Cayenne Pepper Candy 347 The King Got One Piece of the Cayenne Pepper Candy 347
The pewter spoon handle at the top, unearthed at Jamestown, is the oldest dated piece of American pewter in existence. It was made by Joseph Copeland of Chuckatuck, Va., in 1675. The spoon on the bottom is a conjectural restoration of Copeland’s specimen The pewter spoon handle at the top, unearthed at Jamestown, is the oldest dated piece of American pewter in...
Brass weights and a piece of scrap brass unearthed at Jamestown. Records indicate that many metalworkers emigrated to Virginia during the 17th century Brass weights and a piece of scrap brass unearthed at Jamestown. Records indicate that many metalworkers emigrated to...
Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated to the church by Lt. Gov. Francis Morrison (or Moryson) in 1661. On both pieces is the legend: “Mixe not holy thinges with profane.” Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated...
X Y Z & Amperse and All wished for a piece in hand X Y Z & Amperse and All wished for a piece in hand
THE LOST PIECE OF MONEY THE LOST PIECE OF MONEY
Geppetto Carried Off His Fine Piece of Wood Geppetto Carried Off His Fine Piece of Wood
Kiln Car Designed for handling Short Piece Stock Kiln Car Designed for handling Short Piece Stock

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A violin actually contains 70 separate pieces of wood
    • Piece A castle; a fortified building.
    • Piece A coin; as, a sixpenny piece ; -- formerly applied specifically to an English gold coin worth 22 shillings.
    • Piece A definite portion or quantity, as of goods or work; as, a piece of broadcloth; a piece of wall paper.
    • Piece A fact; an item; as, a piece of news; a piece of knowledge.
    • Piece 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 ."
    • Piece A literary or artistic composition; as, a piece of poetry, music, or statuary.
    • Piece A musket, gun, or cannon; as, a battery of six pieces; a following piece .
    • Piece 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.""His own spirit is as unsettled a piece as there is in all the world."
    • Piece 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
    • Piece (Chess) One of the superior men, distinguished from a pawn.
    • Piece To make, enlarge, or repair, by the addition of a piece or pieces; to patch; as, to piece a garment; -- often with out.
    • v. i Piece To unite by a coalescence of parts; to fit together; to join. "It pieced better."
    • Piece To unite; to join; to combine. "His adversaries . . . pieced themselves together in a joint opposition against him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When the Statue of Liberty was moved from France to the United States, 214 crates were used to transport it. The Statue was also reduced to 350 pieces
    • n piece A relatively small portion in bulk or extent forming a part of the whole in which it is or was included; a part; bit; morsel: as, a piece of bread or of chalk; a piece of ground; a piece of history; a piece of one's mind.
    • n piece A separate bit; a fragment: as, to fall to pieces; to break, tear, cut, or dash to pieces.
    • n piece A specimen, instance, example, or sort: as, a piece of impudence; a piece of carelessness.
    • n piece A separate article; a thing: as, a piece of plate.
    • n piece A coin: as, a piece of eight (see phrase below); a fourpenny piece.
    • n piece A cannon or gun; a firearm: as, his piece was not loaded; a fowling-piece.
    • n piece A building; a castle.
    • n piece A ship; a vessel.
    • n piece A distinct artistic or literary production; a separate article, poem, drama, painting, statue, or other artistic or literary work: as, a piece of music; to speak a piece; a finely painted piece.
    • n piece A lunch; a snack.
    • n piece A distinct job or operation taken separately; the amount of work done or to be done at any one time: as, to work by the piece; to do piece-work.
    • n piece A definite and continuous quantity; a definite length, as of some textile fabric delivered by a manufacturer to the trade; a whole web of cloth or a whole roll of wall-paper: as, goods sold only by the piece; a whole piece of lace.
    • n piece In brewing, a quantity of grain steeped and spread out at one time to make malt. Also called floor.
    • n piece A plot of ground; a lot; a field; a clearing.
    • n piece An individual; a person: now used only contemptuously, and commonly of women: as, she is a bold piece.
    • n piece In chess, checkers, etc., one of the men with which the game is played; specifically, in chess, one of the superior men, as distinguished from a pawn.
    • n piece A cup or drinking-vessel: also used indefinitely for a cask or barrel of wine, as the equivalent of the French pièce, which has different values in different parts of France.
    • n piece In bookbinding, a tablet of leather which fills a panel on the back of a book.
    • n piece In whaling, specifically, a section or chunk of blubber, more fully called blanket-piece (which see, below).
    • n piece In entomology, any definitely hardened or chitinized part of the integument, especially of the abdomen, thorax, or head: technically called a sclerite. Two pieces may be movable on each other or free, united with a suture between or perfectly connate, so that even the suture is obliterated, and the pieces can be distinguished by their position only.
    • n piece See the qualifying words.
    • piece To patch, repair, enlarge, extend, or complete by the addition of a piece or pieces: as, to piece a garment or a curtain.
    • piece To repair by the use of pieces of the same material, or without the addition of new material, as by bringing the unworn parts to the place where the most wear is; hence, to make good the defects of; strengthen; reinforce.
    • piece To unite or reunite (that which has been broken or separated); make one again; join or rejoin, as one thing to another, or as friends who have fallen out.
    • piece To unite by coalescence of parts; be gathered as parts into a whole.
    • piece To eat a “piece”; eat between meals, as a child.
    • n piece A small portion of time; a little while.
    • n piece In fireworks, a piece, more or less elaborate, which is fastened to a standard, and when it is ignited, shows a design, such as a face, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1995, KFC sold 11 pieces of chicken for every man, woman and child in the US.
    • n Piece pēs a part of anything: a single article: a definite quantity, as of cloth or paper: an amount of work to be done at one time: a separate performance: a literary or artistic composition: a gun: a coin: a man in chess or draughts: a person, generally a woman, in contempt
    • v.t Piece to enlarge by adding a piece: to patch
    • v.i Piece to unite by a joining of parts: to join
    • adj Piece made of pieces: single: separate
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Quotations

  • Martin Luther
    Martin%20Luther
    “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
  • Jean Cocteau
    Jean%20Cocteau
    “I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead.”
  • Colley Cibber
    Colley Cibber
    “Thou strange piece of wild nature!”
  • Persian Proverb
    Persian Proverb
    “He who has been bitten by a snake fears a piece of string.”
  • Jules Renard
    Jules%20Renard
    “On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.”
  • Anacharsis
    Anacharsis
    “Written laws are like spider's webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and the poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.”

Idioms

Give someone a piece of your mind - If you give someone a piece of your mind, you criticise them strongly and angrily.
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How long is a piece of string - If someone has no idea of the answer to a question, they can ask 'How long is a piece of string?' as a way of indicating their ignorance.
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Piece of cake - If something is a piece of cake, it is really easy.
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Pieces of the same cake - Pieces of the same cake are things that have the same characteristics or qualities.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pece, F. pièce, 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

Usage

In literature:

Pieces not used in making the stacks are termed =loose pieces=.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Christ would come out of it well enough, and he have his thirty pieces.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Take now a larger piece of lead, and hold one piece in each hand at the same height.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
She would spend her last sou for a piece of bread!
"Nobody's Girl" by Hector Malot
With the exception of the Perugia altar-piece, none of the above-mentioned paintings are dated.
"Luca Signorelli" by Maud Cruttwell
Every piece is a piece unto itself.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
Before making any particular piece of apparatus, read what is said about the other pieces of the same general nature.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
A piece of the size of a twelve and a half cent piece, is sufficient to settle a couple of quarts of water.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
You must ask every piece what it is good for.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Only five pieces are necessary: two side pieces, a stern piece, a bow piece, and a bottom piece.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
Boil some pieces of bread crust in a quart of water, with a small piece of butter.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
If not thick enough add a small piece of butter rolled in flour.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
This construction makes use of two flat pieces of hard rubber.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
When sitting on the porches of the stores the soles of his farm-shoes may be seen tied together with pieces of wire.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
A similar piece has been illustrated by De Zeltner.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
I had come to the opinion that the piece of glass was fixed to his eye and that he slept with it.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
Drilled on the piece.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
To break my promise given to the two Cavalieri, and to publish the satirical pieces I have described above, was out of the question.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
Old Jochem often brings his money to me, and makes me count it for him, piece by piece.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
In all the same ways that pieces are separated in all these ways there are those placed things which are not pieces.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
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In poetry:

—How many lie forgot
In vaults beneath,
And piece-meal rot
Without a fame in death?
"His Poetry His Pillar" by Robert Herrick
"Shewuz orright piece," sizzi,
"Althoer tongue wus free."
An then I springsa traponim:
"I seener yestadee."
"The Lingothatweuze" by C J Dennis
Oh, would you wish,
Without a dish,
Your scanty meal from a piece of bark,
And a wood fire to illume the dark?
"Dwell not with Me" by Anonymous Oceania
I thought that this some remedy might prove;
But oh, the mighty serpent Love,
Cut by this chance in pieces small,
In all still liv'd, and still it stung in all.
"The Heart Breaking" by Abraham Cowley
And, reading on, we ever stop to ask,
What if this "piece of childhood thrown away"
Had grown to manhood working at its task,
Till the flush'd evening sober'd into gray?
"David Gray" by Alexander Anderson
You loved… To love so well none ever durst…
Then, even such love fades, to be it ceases…
To watch you die, and live! How did my heart not burst,
Not break, O God, into a thousand pieces!
"All Day She Quiet Lay" by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev

In news:

It was my pleasure to take part in a photo shoot featuring pieces from his Spring 2009 collection for women.
BLOOMINGTON — Lining the wall up City Hall's staircase are more than two dozen pieces of watercolor art.
There's a new piece of art that'll float overhead during your next visit to the Taubman Museum.
Syrians piece together story of Daraya massacre.
KNOXVILLE, Iowa — The latest piece may have fallen in place in terms of the tire picture for winged sprint car racing for the 2013 season.
Do try to bring her back in one piece, 007.
Sculpture, paintings and photographs are included in David A Yano's show at Waverly Street Gallery, but the most striking pieces are mobiles, made primarily from wood.
Reconsider Dodd-Frank, Piece by Piece .
Piece by piece , Taiwan official cracks $ puzzle.
Selling Magazines, Piece by Piece .
Rebuilding a campus, piece by piece .
Bills Pursued to Gain Rights Piece by Piece .
Piece by piece , sixth-graders give their school the world.
ON CAMPUS;Sold Piece by Piece , Upsala College Vanishes.
This time, airlines bumped: Piece by piece , a better deal for fliers.
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In science:

Eqs. (6) and (9) represent important pieces for the proper determination of the scattering amplitude from nucleonnucleus scattering observables.
Violation of pseudospin symmetry in nucleon-nucleus scattering: exact relations
More precisely, (Sj )n j=0 is SAW as soon as all the pieces S (i) are SAW and neighboring pieces do not overlap in more than their connecting point.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
In fact, at present only some ”pieces” of string theory, rather chaotically placed among other ”pieces”, are available to be investigated and partially formalized.
String Theory or Field Theory?
More precisely, the relevant N → ∞ asymptotic regime is when the number n of pieces forming the surface grows, while the shapes ki of individual pieces remain bounded.
The uses of random partitions
To get an idea of the respective sizes of the deterministic and random pieces in (H − 1) we can first work at fixed j for a shell-conserving piece Vs,j .
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
LM × △n -piece vanishes and both its P -pieces are vertical in P .
Holonomy and parallel transport in the differential geometry of the space of loops and the groupoid of generalized gauge transformations
Let(hj , j, sj ) denote the highest piece in column j , and set hj = 0 if no such piece exists.
Asymptotic Behavior of Random Heaps
All the pieces blocking the highest piece in the distinguished column may be annihilated.
Asymptotic Behavior of Random Heaps
Henceforth, we shall say that a sequence of 1’s starts from a short position if it is initiated at a time when there is no piece directly below the roof piece in the distinguished column.
Asymptotic Behavior of Random Heaps
In each of the above pictures, the lowest piece is assumed to lie in column zero and we agree that exactly those pieces which block this piece are shown.
Asymptotic Behavior of Random Heaps
The configuration of pieces blocking the highest piece in column zero determines both the probability of backtracking and the probability that this piece wil l be annihilated at any later time.
Asymptotic Behavior of Random Heaps
Otherwise, choose the sign of the second piece to be the same as the sign of the first piece.
Asymptotic Behavior of Random Heaps
Furthermore, we prove spatially exponentially fast decreasing bounds for normalized local times of the edge-reinforced random walk on a finite piece of the ladder, uniformly in the size of the finite piece.
Edge-reinforced random walk on a ladder
The second piece is the piece of ξ which lies between −1 and 4.
Reconstructing a two-color scenery by observing it along a simple random walk path
We see that the first piece is uniquely contained in the second which itself is uniquely contained in the third piece.
Reconstructing a two-color scenery by observing it along a simple random walk path
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