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English noun: piece

1. piece (artifact) a separate part of a whole

SamplesAn important piece of the evidence.

Broader (hypernym)part, portion

Narrower (hyponym)beam, fragment, piece of cloth, piece of leather, piece of material, scrap, shard, sherd, snip, snippet, snipping, spindle

2. piece (artifact) an item that is an instance of some type

SamplesHe designed a new piece of equipment.
She bought a lovely piece of china.

Broader (hypernym)item

3. piece (object) a portion of a natural object

SamplesThey analyzed the river into three parts.
He needed a piece of granite.


Broader (hypernym)thing

Narrower (hyponym)acicula, base, body part, corner, corpus, craton, cutting, fragment, hunk, lump, nub, segment, slice, strip, stub, world

Instance hyponymNorth Atlantic, North Pacific, South Atlantic, South Pacific

Part meronymbuilding block, unit

4. piece (communication) a musical work that has been created

SamplesThe composition is written in four movements.

Synonymscomposition, musical composition, opus, piece of music

Broader (hypernym)music

Narrower (hyponym)adagio, allegretto, allegro, andante, arrangement, bagatelle, canon, capriccio, divertimento, duet, duette, duo, etude, fantasia, idyl, idyll, incidental music, intermezzo, introit, larghetto, largo, medley, morceau, motet, movement, musical arrangement, musical passage, nocturne, notturno, octet, octette, passage, pastiche, pastoral, pastorale, potpourri, program music, programme music, quartet, quartette, quintet, quintette, realisation, realization, septet, septette, serenade, sestet, sextet, sextette, sheet music, solo, song, study, suite, symphonic poem, toccata, tone poem, trio, vocal

Part holonymcoda, finale

5. piece (event) an instance of some kind

SamplesIt was a nice piece of work.
He had a bit of good luck.


Broader (hypernym)case, example, instance

6. piece (communication) an artistic or literary composition

SamplesHe wrote an interesting piece on Iran.
The children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests.

Broader (hypernym)creation

Narrower (hyponym)afterpiece, article, fragment, hiatus, morceau

7. piece (artifact) a portable gun

SamplesHe wore his firearm in a shoulder holster.

Synonymsfirearm, small-arm

Broader (hypernym)gun

Narrower (hyponym).22, autoloader, handgun, muzzle loader, pistol, repeater, repeating firearm, rifle, riot gun, scattergun, self-loader, shooting iron, shotgun, side arm, smoothbore, twenty-two

Part holonymfiring pin, lock, sights

8. piece (food) a serving that has been cut from a larger portion

SamplesA piece of pie.
A slice of bread.


Broader (hypernym)helping, portion, serving

Narrower (hyponym)cutlet, escallop, filet, fillet, fish filet, fish fillet, scallop, scollop

9. piece (attribute) a distance

SamplesIt is down the road a piece.

Broader (hypernym)distance

10. piece (artifact) a work of art of some artistic value

SamplesThis store sells only objets d'art.
It is not known who created this piece.

Synonymsart object, objet d'art

Broader (hypernym)work of art

Narrower (hyponym)virtu

11. piece (time) a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition

SamplesHe was here for a little while.
I need to rest for a piece.
A spell of good weather.
A patch of bad weather.

Synonymspatch, spell, while

Broader (hypernym)time

Narrower (hyponym)cold snap, cold spell, hot spell, snap

12. piece (possession) a share of something

SamplesA slice of the company's revenue.


Broader (hypernym)part, percentage, portion, share

13. piece (artifact) game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games

SamplesHe taught me to set up the men on the chess board.
He sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage.


Broader (hypernym)game equipment

Narrower (hyponym)black, checker, chequer, chess piece, chessman, tile, white

English verb: piece

1. piece (contact) to join or unite the pieces of

SamplesPatch the skirt.

ExamplesThey piece the cape


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)conjoin, join

Narrower (hyponym)vamp, vamp up

2. piece (creation) create by putting components or members together

SamplesShe pieced a quilt.
He tacked together some verses.
They set up a committee.

Synonymsassemble, put together, set up, tack, tack together

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring together, create, join, make

Narrower (hyponym)comfit, compound, confect, confection, configure, confuse, jumble, mix up, reassemble, rig up

Antonymsbreak apart, disassemble, take apart, dismantle, break up

3. piece (contact) join during spinning

SamplesPiece the broken pieces of thread, slivers, and rovings.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)splice

4. piece (consumption) eat intermittently; take small bites of

SamplesHe pieced at the sandwich all morning.
She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles.

Synonymsnibble, pick

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)eat

5. piece (change) repair by adding pieces

SamplesShe pieced the china cup.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on

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