1a portion of an object or of material, produced by cutting, tearing, or breaking the whole:a piece of cheese the dish lay in pieces on the floor an item used in constructing something:take a car to pieces an item forming part of a set:a piece of luggage a financial share:each employee owns a piece of the company 2a written, musical, or artistic creation:a haunting piece of music 3an instance or example:a crucial piece of evidence 4 [with modifier] a coin of specified value:a 10p piece 5a figure or token used to make moves in a board game: a chess piece Chess a king, queen, bishop, knight, or rook, as opposed to a pawn: indicate which piece or pawn is taken 6 informal
, chiefly North American a firearm.
, offensive a woman.
8Scottish a sandwich or other item of food taken as a snack. 1
(piece something together
) assemble something from parts or pieces:the dinosaur was pieced together from 119 bones
slowly make sense of something from separate pieces of evidence:Daniel had pieced the story together from the radio 2
(piece something out
) archaic extend something: his coming and assisting them was like a cordial given to a dying man, which doth piece out his life
3 archaic patch (something): if it be broken it must be pieced