- one of the figures, disks, blocks, or the like, of wood, ivory, or other material, used in playing, as on a board or table.
- (in chess) a superior man, as distinguished from a pawn: to take a rook, a bishop, and other pieces.
- a soldier's rifle, pistol, etc.
- a cannon or other unit of ordnance: field piece.
- Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a person, usually a woman, considered as a sexual partner: He finally got himself a piece of ass.
- sexual intercourse: He's always looking for piece of ass.
verb (used with object), pieced, piec·ing.
verb (used without object), pieced, piec·ing.
- to break into fragments.
- to lose control of oneself; become emotionally or physically upset: When he flunked out of medical school he went to pieces.
Origin of piece
SYNONYMS FOR piece
Related formsmul·ti·piece, adjectiveun·pieced, adjective
Can be confusedpeace piece
The American colloquialism wanna get a piece of me? (a challenge to a fight) dates back to 1953; piece in the derogatory sense “girl or woman (regarded as a sex object)” dates back to the 16th century; piece of ass to 1857; and (nasty) piece of work dates from the 18th century.
Examples from the Web for pieces
There were a lot of little pieces, pieces of lead and stuff.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The pieces are near-identical, excepting the signature buttons on the Chanel suit and a few small tailoring details.
Just because two pieces of malware share a common ancestry, it obviously does not mean they share a common operator.
Think Afghanistan and pieces of all the countries that surround it, including and especially Iran.
This happens in the art world as well, where it can be more profitable to parcel off pieces of ancient vases.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts|Candida Moss|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In Saugor the marriage-post is often a four-sided wooden frame or a pillar with four pieces of wood suspended from it.
But after you went away she seemed to go all to pieces like.Kent Knowles: Quahaug|Joseph C. Lincoln
When nearly done, add some pieces of butter rolled in flour.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book|Eliza Leslie
His end shall be ‘pieces,’ as Punch says, if he deserves it.St. Winifred's|Frederic W. Farrar
The room was furnished with a bed, a chair that was always threatening to come to pieces and a desk with weak carved legs.Marching Men|Sherwood Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for pieces
- a firearm or cannon
- (in combination)fowling-piece
- a slice of bread or a sandwich
- a packed lunch taken to work, school, etc
- (of a person) to lose control of oneself; have a breakdown
- (of a building, organization, etc) to disintegrate
Word Origin for piece
Idioms and Phrases with pieces
In addition to the idioms beginning with piece
- piece by piece
- piece of ass
- piece of cake
- piece of change
- piece of one's mind
- piece of the action
- piece together
- all in one piece
- conversation piece
- go to pieces
- museum piece
- of a piece
- pick apart (to pieces)
- pick up the pieces
- puff piece
- say one's piece
- think piece
- thrill to pieces
- to pieces
- villain of the piece