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Piece appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • One last piece receipts ale, no?
  • Now, one last piece retailored loftily lit folderol I ate: receipt sale now on!
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Usage statistics for the noun piece:

spoken English54.55%written English45.45% conversational speech54.65%task-oriented speech45.35%

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Piece is sometimes a misspelling of pieces.

The word piece is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun piece

What does piece mean as a name of something?

Piece is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: pieces

  1. a separate part of a whole
    • example: an important piece of the evidence
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: part / portion = something less than the whole of a human artifact
    • more specific terms:
  2. an item that is an instance of some type
    • examples: he designed a new piece of equipment | she bought a lovely piece of china
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of piece: part
    • more generic word: item = a whole individual unit
  3. a portion of a natural object
    • example: he needed a piece of granite
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of piece: part
    • more generic word: thing = a separate and self-contained entity
    • more specific terms:
      • body part = any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
      • corpus = the main part of an organ or other bodily structure
      • acicula = a needlelike part or structure of a plant or animal or crystal
      • base = the bottom or lowest part
      • corner = a projecting part where two sides or edges meet
      • craton = the part of a continent that is stable and forms the central mass of the continent
      • cutting = a piece cut off from the main part of something
      • fragment = a piece broken off or cut off of something else
      • hunk / lump = a large piece of something without definite shape
      • stub / nub = a small piece
      • segment = one of the parts into which something naturally divides
      • slice = a thin flat piece cut off of some object
      • strip = a relatively long narrow piece of something
      • world = a part of the earth that can be considered separately
    • instances:
      • North Atlantic = that part of the Atlantic Ocean to the north of the equator
      • North Pacific = that part of the Pacific Ocean to the north of the equator
      • South Atlantic = that part of the Atlantic Ocean to the south of the equator
      • South Pacific = that part of the Pacific Ocean to the south of the equator
    • part of: building block / unit = a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else
  4. a musical work that has been created
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of piece: composition / musical composition / opus / piece of music
    • more generic word: music = an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
    • more specific terms:
      • morceau = a short literary or musical composition
      • sheet music = a musical composition in printed or written form
      • musical arrangement / arrangement = a piece of music that has been adapted for performance by a particular set of voices or instruments
      • realisation / realization = a musical composition that has been completed or enriched by someone other than the composer
      • intermezzo = a short piece of instrumental music composed for performance between acts of a drama or opera
      • allegro = a musical composition or musical passage to be performed quickly in a brisk lively manner
      • allegretto = a musical composition or musical passage to be performed at a somewhat quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
      • andante = a musical composition or musical passage to be performed moderately slow
      • introit = a composition of vocal music that is appropriate for opening church services
      • solo = a musical composition for one voice or instrument
      • duette / duet / duo = a musical composition for two performers
      • trio = a musical composition for three performers
      • quartette / quartet = a musical composition for four performers
      • quintette / quintet = a musical composition for five performers
      • sextette / sestet / sextet = a musical composition written for six performers
      • septette / septet = a musical composition written for seven performers
      • octette / octet = a musical composition written for eight performers
      • bagatelle = a light piece of music for piano
      • divertimento / serenade = a musical composition in several movements
      • canon = a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
      • etude = a short composition for a solo instrument
      • pastorale / pastoral / idyll / idyl = a musical composition that evokes rural life
      • toccata = a baroque musical composition (usually for a keyboard instrument) with full chords and rapid elaborate runs in a rhythmically free style
      • fantasia = a musical composition of a free form usually incorporating several familiar themes
      • musical passage / passage = a short section of a musical composition
      • movement = a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata
      • largo = a composition or passage that is to be performed in a slow and dignified manner
      • larghetto = a composition or passage played in a slow tempo slightly faster than largo but slower than adagio
      • suite = a musical composition of several movements only loosely connected
      • symphonic poem / tone poem = an orchestral composition based on literature or folk tales
      • potpourri / pastiche / medley = a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
      • nocturne / notturno = a pensive lyrical piece of music
      • adagio = a composition played in adagio tempo
      • vocal / song = a short musical composition with words
      • study = a composition intended to develop one aspect of the performer's technique
      • capriccio = an instrumental composition that doesn't adhere to rules for any specific musical form and is played with improvisation
      • motet = an unaccompanied choral composition with sacred lyrics; intended to be sung as part of a church service
      • programme music / program music = musical compositions intended to evoke images or remind the listener of events
      • incidental music = music composed to accompany the action of a drama or to fill intervals between scenes
    • part: finale / coda = the closing section of a musical composition
  5. an instance of some kind
    • example: it was a nice piece of work
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of piece: bit
    • more generic words: case / example / instance = an occurrence of something
  6. an artistic or literary composition
    • examples: he wrote an interesting piece on Iran | the children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: creation = an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone
    • more specific words:
      • article = nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication
      • morceau = a short literary or musical composition
      • afterpiece = a brief dramatic piece (usually comic) presented after a play
      • fragment = an incomplete piece
      • hiatus = a missing piece
  7. a portable gun
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of piece: firearm / small-arm
    • more generic word: gun = a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity
    • more specific terms:
    • parts:
      • firing pin = striker that ignites the charge by striking the primer
      • lock = a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun
      • sights = an optical instrument for aiding the eye in aiming, as on a firearm or surveying instrument
  8. a serving that has been cut from a larger portion
  9. a distance
    • example: it is down the road a piece
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: distance = the property created by the space between two objects or points
  10. a work of art of some artistic value
    • example: it is not known who created this piece
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of piece: art object / objet d'art
    • more generic term: work of art = art that is a product of one of the fine arts
    • more specific word: virtu = objet d'art collectively
  11. a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
    • example: I need to rest for a piece
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonyms of piece: patch / spell / while
    • more generic word: time = an indefinite period
    • more specific terms:
  12. a share of something
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of piece: slice
    • more generic words: part / percentage / portion / share = assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
  13. game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games
    • example: he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of piece: man
    • more generic term: game equipment = equipment or apparatus used in playing a game
    • more specific terms:
      • black = the darker pieces
      • checker / chequer = one of the flat round pieces used in playing the game of checkers
      • chess piece / chessman = any of 16 white and 16 black pieces used in playing the game of chess
      • tile = game equipment consisting of a flat thin piece marked with characters and used in board games like Mah-Jong, Scrabble, etc.
      • white = the lighter pieces

Alternative definition of the noun piece


  1. A part of a larger whole, usually in such a form that it is able to be separated from other parts.
  2. A single item belonging to a class of similar items: as, for example, a piece of machinery, a piece of software.
  3. One of the small objects played in board games, e.g. a pawn or a draught.
  4. A coin, especially one valued at less than the principal unit of currency.
  5. An artistic creation, such as a painting, sculpture, musical composition, literary work, etc.
  6. An artillery gun.
  7. [US, Canada, colloquial] (short for hairpiece); a toupee or wig, usually when worn by a man.
  8. [context: Scotland, Ireland, UK dialectal, US dialectal] A slice or other quantity of bread, eaten on its own; a sandwich or light snack.
  9. [US, colloquial] A gun.
  10. [US, colloquial, vulgar] A sexual encounter; from piece of ass or piece of tail
  11. [US, colloquial, mildly vulgar] (short for "piece of crap") a shoddy or worthless object, usually applied to consumer products like vehicles or appliances.
  12. [US, slang] A cannabis pipe.
  13. [baseball] Used to describe a pitch that has been hit but not well, usually either being caught by the opposing team or going foul. Usually used in the past tense with got, and never used in the plural.

Definition of the verb piece

What does piece mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: pieced | piecing | pieces

  1. to join or unite the pieces of
    • example: They piece the cape
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of piece: patch
    • more generic words: conjoin / join = make contact or come together
    • more specific terms: vamp up / vamp = piece (something old) with a new part
  2. create by putting components or members together
  3. join during spinning
    • example: piece the broken pieces of thread, slivers, and rovings
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: splice = join by interweaving strands
  4. eat intermittently; take small bites of
    • example: He pieced at the sandwich all morning
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of piece: nibble / pick
    • more generic word: eat = take in solid food
  5. repair by adding pieces

Alternative definition of the verb piece


  1. (usually with "together"): To reassemble something (real or metaphorically.)


Who is Piece?

Piece a.k.a. Carl Craig is a Detroit-based producer of techno music, and is considered to be one of the most important names in the Detroit second generation of techno producers and DJs. According to an article about Craig, "Of this group, Craig was often recognised as being the most artful and the most willing to engage the rapidly growing shape of techno outside Detroit." Craig has approached techno using inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including jazz and soul.


Piece is a fictional character from the 2000 film Spanish Judges.


  1. "Piece": 《Piece》는 가수 박정현의 첫 정규 음반이다. 1998년 02월에 DMR에서 발매하였다.
    • artist: Lena Park
    • released on (17 years ago)
  2. "Piece" is a pop song by Japanese recording artist Yui Aragaki. It was released as her third single on February 25, 2009.
  3. "Piece" is a 2009 single album by Yui Aragaki.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  4. "Piece" is a musical single of Misuzu Togashi.
    • released on
  5. "Piece" is a musical album of Hair.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  6. "Piece" is a musical EP of PopNoName.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  7. "Piece" is a musical album of Danielle French.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  8. "Piece" is a musical album of Kelli Scarr.
    • released on (4 years ago)


  1. Piece a.k.a. Piece – Kanojo no Kioku: Piece - Kanojo no Kioku is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Hinako Ashihara. It is published in French by Kana. It is adapted into a television drama series that premiered on 6 October 2012 and ended on December 29, 2012.
  2. Piece a.k.a. Pièce is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Phrases with Piece

Phrases starting with the word Piece:

  1. piece out
  2. piece-dye
  3. piece rate
  4. Piece work
  5. piece goods

Phrases ending with the word Piece:

  1. End Piece
  2. fur-piece
  3. one-piece
  4. Sea Piece
  5. set piece
  6. two-piece
  7. gold piece
  8. knee piece
  9. Of a Piece
  10. Puff Piece
  11. chess piece
  12. Ghost Piece
  13. think piece
  14. three-piece
  15. by the piece

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Piece

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Google previewLooking for the Harp Quartet (2011)

An Investigation Into Musical Beauty by Markand Thakar

A piece is a set of unrealized suggestions for performance. D: And...

Google previewThe Packages (1914)

The picture piece is the head of a typical southern beauty. • • • Samuel J. Shimer & Sons, Milton, Pa., have...

The picture piece is a finely colored photogravure from a water color by A. Lamasure. • * • The beautiful calendar of the S. G. Holland ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Husserl's Philosophy (2007)

by John J. Drummond

PIECE. A piece is an independent ...

Google previewChristian Approaches to Other Faiths (2009)

A Reader by Paul Hedges, Alan Race

The first piece is a narrative account of an experiment in dialogue that has received a great deal of attention since its occurrence in 1984. M. Darrol Bryant ( Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Centre for Dialogue & Spirituality in the World's ...

Google previewThe Beauties of England and Wales (1813)

Or Delineations, Topographical, Historical, and Descriptive, of Each County... by John Britton, Edward Wedlake Brayley, James Norris Brewer, Joseph Nightingale, John Evans, John Hodgson, Francis Charles Laird, Frederic Shoberl, John Bigland, Thomas Rees, Thomas Hood, John Harris

Over the chimney piece is a large painting of dead game by Wenix ; and there are two landscapes by Zuccarelli. If Clumber possessed no other paintings than those of this apartment, the time and attention of the tourist, or artist, would be ...

Google previewThe American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology (1915)

by Casey Albert Wood

piece is designed to diminish the effects of spherical aberration as much as possible; wherefore, the focal lengths and the positions of the field and eye lenses are so chosen that each lens shall produce an equal increment of deviation in a ray ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1842)

Halbe copf, or 10 creutzer piece.... BADEN .

Google previewEnglish-Spoken Khmer Dictionary (2012)

by Keesee,

Кит noo; mental picture -- roob pheap noch k'nong kuni'nut; moving picture ~ gkun; or , pheap yun; take a picture - tawt roob piece n. a piece of s. th. -- The choice ofthe ...

Google previewThe Edinburgh encyclopaedia, conducted by D. Brewster (1830)

by Edinburgh encyclopaedia

t Grain, piece goods, tobacco, woollens. Grain, tobacco, blue cloths, rum , indigo. Fort St. George. Metals, grain, liquors, drugs, spices, timber, naval Grain, piece goods, tobacco, cotton, pepper, jaghery, stores, piece goods, fruits. fruits.

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Usage statistics about piece

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun piece:

spoken English54.55%written English45.45% conversational speech54.65%task-oriented speech45.35%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun piece:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb piece:


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Quotes about Piece

as he contemplates
on the miseries of
his friends
piece by piece
his own
finding out
theirs heavier
and harsher

he laughs
and then writes
piece by piece
what misery is

what happiness
really means (Ric S. Bastasa)
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Scrabble value of P3I1E1C3E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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