Definition of pice
1. piece [ n ] a separate part of a whole
Examples: : "an important piece of the evidence"
Another piece of evidence appears in a dispatch from Bonn in the Observer ( London ) .
A British writer , Richard_Haestier , in a book , Dead_Men_Tell_Tales , recalls that in the turmoil preceding French_Revolution the body of Henry_/4 , , who had died nearly 180 years earlier , was torn to pieces by a mob .
(Raymond C. Binder et al., editors, Proceedings...)
The total heat loss through the anode holder included also the heat conducted through the base of the cylindrical piece into the adjacent metal parts .
(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)
It was for this reason , and no other that I can see , that in September 1912 , Braque took the radical and revolutionary step of pasting actual pieces of imitation woodgrain wallpaper to a drawing on paper , instead of trying to simulate its texture in paint .
Picasso says that he himself had already made his first collage toward the end of 1911 , when he glued a piece of imitation caning oilcloth to a painting on canvas .Synonyms piece Related Terms part shard snip piece_of_leather piece_of_cloth scrap fag_end
2. piece [ n ] an item that is an instance of some type
Examples: "he designed a new piece of equipment" or "she bought a lovely piece of china"
(Bern Dibner, "Oerstad and the Discovery of Electro...)
Beccaria had almost stumbled on a lead to the relationship between electricity and magnetism when a discharge from a Leyden_jar was sent transversally through a piece of watch spring steel making its ends magnetic .
(Orlin J. Scoville, Part-Time Farming...)
If an expensive and specialized piece of machinery is needed - such_as a spray rig , a combine , or a binder - it is better to pay someone with a machine to do the work .
(Peter J. White, "Report on Laos"...)
The preparations were elaborate : flowers , candles , incense sticks , rice wine , dozens of delicacies , and pieces of white cotton string .
(Newton Stallknecht, "Ideas and Literature," in Newton S...)
We need not , to_be_sure , expect to find such ideas in every piece of literature .
`` History has this in_common with every other science : that the historian is not allowed to claim any single piece of knowledge , except where he can justify his claim by exhibiting to himself in_the_first_place , and secondly to any one else who is both able and willing to follow his demonstration , the grounds upon which it is based .Synonyms piece Related Terms item
3. piece [ n ] a portion of a natural object
Examples: "they analyzed the river into three parts" "he needed a piece of granite"
(Richard I. McCosh, "Recreation Site Selection"...)
A site may be a rundown slum or a desolate piece of desert in appearance today but have excellent potentials for the future with a_little development or water .
(B. J. D. Meeuse, The Story of Pollination....)
Still Andrena will do a reasonably good job , so that an animal with a full pollen load looks_like a gay little piece of yellow down floating in the wind .
(Clifford H. Pope, The Giant Snakes....)
The argument against this last approach is comparable_to that which rejects stories about hoop_snakes , about snakes that break themselves into many pieces and join up again , or even of ghosts that chase people out of graveyards ; the mere piling_up of testimony does not prove , to the scientific mind , the existence of hoop_snakes , joint_snakes , or ghosts .Synonyms part piece Related Terms entity thing world strip fragment body_part base hunk corner craton acicula cutting corpus slice segment nub unit
4. piece [ n ] a musical work that has been created
Examples: "the composition is written in four movements"
(High Fidelity, 11:10...)
Moreover , the piece is written in five movements , rather_than the conventional four of most quintets , and this gives the opus a serenade or divertimento flavor .
(Guy Endore, Voltaire! Voltaire!...)
Still , just for the ladies , and just for this once , for this one weekend in the country , he would make a little piece out of his melodies .
How titillating it was to go among people who did not know him as the composer , but who talked in the most glowing terms of the promise of the piece after having heard the first rehearsals .
Now , if you do n't mind , I should_like to hear my own piece performed '' .
He trembled lest his piece should fail .Synonyms piece opus musical_composition composition piece_of_music Related Terms music creation song movement passage suite fantasia trio quintet sheet_music sextet medley divertimento musical_arrangement study capriccio bagatelle program_music etude canon duet pastorale toccata quartet solo symphonic_poem largo nocturne septet adagio octet allegro intermezzo motet morceau realisation larghetto bravura finale compose
5. piece [ n ] an instance of some kind
Examples: "it was a nice piece of work" "he had a bit of good luck"
(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)
But it is characteristic of him , we are told , `` his little artifice '' , to be able to introduce `` into a fairly vulgar and humorous piece of hackwork a sudden phrase of genuine creative art '' .
(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)
It took a piece of bad_luck to show Michelangelo that the boy was devoted to him .Synonyms piece bit Related Terms case
6. piece [ n ] an artistic or literary composition
Examples: "he wrote an interesting piece on Iran" "the children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests"
(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)
During the decade that followed , the common_man , as that piece put it , grew uncomfortable as the Voice of God and fled from behind Saint_Woodrow_(_Wilson ) only to learn from Science , to his shocked relief that after_all there was no God he had to speak_for and that he was just an animal anyhow - that there was a chemical_formula for him , and that too much could n't be expected of him .
I saw a piece the other day assailing William_Buckley , author of Man_And_God_At_Yale and publisher of the National_Review , as no conservative at_all , but an old liberal .Synonyms piece Related Terms creation article afterpiece fragment hiatus morceau
7. piece [ n ] a portable gun
Examples: "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
(John Harnsberger and Robert P. Wilkins,...)
On Big_Stone_Lake near the headwaters of the Red_River , Robert_Dickson , Superintendent of the Western Indian_Department of Canada , had a trading_post and planned in 1818 to build a fort to be defended by twenty men and two small artillery pieces .Synonyms firearm small-arm piece Related Terms gun rifle pistol machine_gun shotgun autoloader muzzle_loader repeating_firearm riot_gun twenty-two sight lock firing_pin
8. piece [ v ] to join or unite the pieces of
Examples: "patch the skirt"
(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)
But by the tracing procedure , he could , in a strange obviously kinesthetic manner , find the unseen form ; could piece , as_it_were , the jumbled mass together into an organized whole and_then recognize it as a man or a triangle or whatever it turned_out to be .Synonyms patch piece Related Terms join vamp patching
9. piece [ n ] an object created by a sculptor
Examples: "it was not known who created the piece"
(Leo Lemon, "Catch Up With" and "Something to...)
After a_few tortuous moments of wondering who `` he '' is , the camera pans across the room to the plaster statue , and we realize that Neitzbohr is trying to redeem himself in_the_eyes_of a mute piece of sculpture .Synonyms piece Related Terms sculpture
10. piece [ n ] a serving that has been cut from a larger portion
Examples: "a piece of pie" "a slice of bread"
(Tristram Coffin, Not to the Swift....)
Human nature was not a piece of meat you could tell was bad by its smell .Synonyms slice piece Related Terms helping cutlet fillet slice
11. piece [ n ] a distance
Examples: "it is down the road a piece"
(Howard Fast, April Morning....)
The gunfire , which was so near that it seemed just a piece up the road now , stopped for long enough to count to twenty ; and in that brief interval , a redcoat officer came tearing down the road , whipping his horse fit to kill .Synonyms piece Related Terms distance
12. piece [ n ] a work of art of some artistic value
Examples: "this store sells only objets d'art" "it is not known who created this piece"
13. piece [ v ] make by putting pieces together
Examples: "She pieced a quilt" "He tacked together some verses"
14. piece [ v ] eat intermittently; take small bites of
Examples: "He pieced at the sandwich all morning" "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"
15. piece [ v ] join during spinning, as of broken pieces of thread, slivers, or rovingsSynonyms piece Related Terms splice
16. piece [ n ] a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
Examples: "he was here for a little while" "I need to rest for a piece" "a spell of good weather" "a patch of bad weather"
17. piece [ v ] eat intermittently; take small bites of
Examples: "He pieced at the sandwich all morning" "She never eats a full meal--she just picks at the food"
18. piece [ v ] repair by adding pieces
Examples: "She pieced the china cup"
19. piece [ n ] a share of something
Examples: "a slice of the company's revenue"
20. piece [ n ] game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games
Examples: "he taught me to set up the men on the chess board" "he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage"
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