- 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
Antonyms for piece
Related Words for piecesslice, specimen, fragment, chunk, example, sample, item, portion, hunk, lot, scrap, bit, segment, section, quantity, photograph, work, sketch, paper, theme
Examples from the Web for pieces
Contemporary Examples of pieces
There were a lot of little pieces, pieces of lead and stuff.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
The pieces are near-identical, excepting the signature buttons on the Chanel suit and a few small tailoring details.The Big Business of Fashion Counterfeits
December 24, 2014
Just because two pieces of malware share a common ancestry, it obviously does not mean they share a common operator.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
Think Afghanistan and pieces of all the countries that surround it, including and especially Iran.ISIS Targets Afghanistan Just as the U.S. Quits
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 19, 2014
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
November 23, 2014
Historical Examples of pieces
They ruled only a few years and then their domains fell to pieces.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
What could a heart then do but tear itself to pieces, think-thinking?Weighed and Wanting
Cook until tender, but not so long that it will fall to pieces.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The body of the French squire had been dragged out by them and hacked to pieces.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The bond was delivered to Fox, who tore it up and flung the pieces into the fire.De Libris: Prose and Verse
- 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
c.1200, "fixed amount, measure, portion," from Old French piece "piece, bit portion; item; coin" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *pettia, probably from Gaulish *pettsi (cf. Welsh peth "thing," Breton pez "piece, a little"), perhaps from an Old Celtic base *kwezd-i-, from PIE root *kwezd- "a part, piece" (cf. Russian chast' "part"). Related: Pieces.
Sense of "portable firearm" first recorded 1580s; that of "chessman" is from 1560s. Meaning "person regarded as a sex object" is first recorded 1785 (cf. piece of ass, human beings colloquially called piece of flesh from 1590s; cf. also Latin scortum "bimbo, anyone available for a price," literally "skin"). Meaning "a portion of a distance" is from 1610s; that of "literary composition" dates from 1530s. Piece of (one's) mind is from 1570s. Piece of work "remarkable person" echoes Hamlet. Piece as "a coin" is attested in English from 1570s, hence Piece of eight, old name for the Spanish dollar (c.1600) of the value of 8 reals.
PIECE. A wench. A damned good or bad piece; a girl who is more or less active and skilful in the amorous congress. Hence the (Cambridge) toast, may we never have a PIECE (peace) that will injure the constitution. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
"to mend by adding pieces," late 14c., from piece (n.). Sense of "to join, unite, put together" is from late 15c. Related: Pieced; piecing.
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