definition of PEICE by The Free Dictionary




1. A thing considered as a unit or an element of a larger thing, quantity, or class; a portion: a piece of string.

2. A portion or part that has been separated from a whole: a piece of pie.

3. An object that is one member of a group or class: a piece of furniture.

4. An artistic, musical, or literary work or composition: “They are lively and well-plotted pieces, both in prose” (Tucker Brooke).

5. An instance; a specimen: a piece of sheer folly.

6. What one has to say about something; an opinion: speak one’s piece.

7. A coin: a ten-cent piece.

8. Games

a. One of the counters or figures used in playing various board games.

b. Any one of the chess figures other than a pawn.

9. Slang A firearm, especially a rifle.

10. Informal A given distance: “There was farm country down the road on the right a piece” (James Agee).

tr.v. pieced, piec·ing, piec·es

1. To mend by adding pieces or a piece to: piece a dress.

2. To join or unite the pieces of: He pieced together the vase. She pieced together an account of what had gone on during the stormy meeting.


a piece of (one’s) mind

Frank and severe criticism; censure.

of a piece

Belonging to the same class or kind.

piece by piece

In stages: took the clock apart piece by piece.

piece of ass Vulgar Slang

A person, especially a woman, considered sexually attractive.

piece of cake

Informal Something very easy to do.

piece of the action Slang

A share of an activity or of profits: “a piece of the action in a Florida land deal” (Shana Alexander).

piece of work

A remarkable person, achievement, or product: “He’s a very tough piece of work” (Ted Koppel).

[Middle English pece, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *pettia, probably of Celtic origin.]

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1. an amount or portion forming a separate mass or structure; bit: a piece of wood.

2. a small part, item, or amount forming part of a whole, esp when broken off or separated: a piece of bread.

3. (Commerce) a length by which a commodity is sold, esp cloth, wallpaper, etc

4. an instance or occurrence: a piece of luck.

5. slang a girl or woman regarded as an object of sexual attraction: a nice piece.

6. an example or specimen of a style or type, such as an article of furniture: a beautiful piece of Dresden china.

7. informal an opinion or point of view: to state one’s piece.

8. (Art Terms) a literary, musical, or artistic composition

9. (Currencies) a coin having a value as specified: fifty-pence piece.

10. (Games, other than specified) a small object, often individually shaped and designed, used in playing certain games, esp board games: chess pieces.

11. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery)

a. a firearm or cannon

b. (in combination): fowling-piece.

12. (Chess & Draughts) any chessman other than a pawn

13. US and Canadian a short time or distance: down the road a piece.

14. (Cookery) dialect

a. a slice of bread or a sandwich

b. a packed lunch taken to work, school, etc

15. (Textiles) (usually plural) Austral and NZ fragments of fleece wool. See also oddment2

16. give someone a piece of one’s mind informal to criticize or censure someone frankly or vehemently

17. go to pieces

a. (of a person) to lose control of oneself; have a breakdown

b. (of a building, organization, etc) to disintegrate

18. nasty piece of work informal Brit a cruel or mean person

19. of a piece of the same kind; alike

20. piece of cake informal something easily obtained or achieved

vb (tr)

21. (often foll by together) to fit or assemble piece by piece

22. (Knitting & Sewing) (often foll by up) to patch or make up (a garment) by adding pieces

23. (Textiles) textiles to join (broken threads) during spinning

[C13 pece, from Old French, of Gaulish origin; compare Breton pez piece, Welsh peth portion]

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n., v. pieced, piec•ing. n.

1. a limited portion or quantity of something: a piece of land.

2. a quantity of some substance or material forming a single mass or body: a piece of lumber.

3. a portion or quantity of a whole: a piece of pie.

4. a particular length, as of certain goods prepared for the market: cloth sold by the piece.

5. an amount of work forming a single job: to be paid by the piece.

6. an example of artistic creativity or workmanship, as a painting or a musical or literary composition.


a. one of the figures, disks, or the like, used in playing a board game.

b. (in chess) a superior man, as distinguished from a pawn.

8. an individual thing of a particular class or set: a piece of furniture.

9. an example, specimen, or instance of something: a fine piece of work.

10. a part, fragment, or shred: to tear a letter into pieces.

11. one’s opinion or thoughts on a subject.


a. a soldier’s rifle, pistol, etc.

b. a cannon or other unit of ordnance: field piece.

13. a coin: a five-cent piece.

14. Midland and Southern U.S. a distance: down the road a piece.

15. Also called piece′ of ass′. Vulgar Slang.

b. Usually Offensive. a person considered as a partner in coitus.


16. to mend by adding a piece or pieces; patch.

17. to complete or extend by an added piece or something additional (often fol. by out): to piece out a library with new books.

18. to make by or as if by joining pieces (often fol. by together): to piece together a musical program.

19. to join together, as pieces or parts.

20. to join as a piece or addition to something: to piece new wire into the cable.

21. to assemble into a meaningful whole by combining available facts, information, etc.


1. go to pieces,

a. to break into fragments.

b. to lose control of oneself; become emotionally or physically upset.

2. of a piece, of the same kind; harmonious; consistent. Also, of one piece.

3. piece of cake, Informal. something easily done.

4. piece of one’s mind, a sharp rebuke or scolding.

5. piece of the action, Informal. a share of the profits.

[1175–1225; Middle English pece < Old French < Gaulish *pettia; akin to Breton pez piece, Welsh, Cornish peth thing]

piec′er, n.

usage: Definitions 21a and 21b are vulgar slang. Definition 21b is usually perceived as insulting.

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