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piece

  

      n  
1    an amount or portion forming a separate mass or structure; bit  
a piece of wood     
2    a small part, item, or amount forming part of a whole, esp. when broken off or separated  
a piece of bread     
3    a length by which a commodity is sold, esp. cloth, wallpaper, etc.  
4    an instance or occurrence  
a piece of luck     
5    Slang   a girl or woman regarded as an object of sexual attraction  
a nice piece     
6    an example or specimen of a style or type, such as an article of furniture  
a beautiful piece of Dresden china     
7    Informal   an opinion or point of view  
to state one's piece     
8    a literary, musical, or artistic composition  
9    a coin having a value as specified  
fifty-pence piece     
10    a small object, often individually shaped and designed, used in playing certain games, esp. board games  
chess pieces     
11   
a    a firearm or cannon  
b    (in combination)  
fowling-piece     
12    any chessman other than a pawn  
13      (U.S. and Canadian)   a short time or distance  
down the road a piece     
14      (Scot. and English)  
dialect  
a    a slice of bread or a sandwich  
b    a packed lunch taken to work, school, etc.  
15    usually pl     (Austral. and N.Z.)   fragments of fleece wool  
   See also       oddment       2  
16    give someone a piece of one's mind  
Informal   to criticize or censure someone frankly or vehemently  
17    go to pieces  
a    (of a person) to lose control of oneself; have a breakdown  
b    (of a building, organization, etc.) to disintegrate  
18    nasty piece of work     (Brit)  
informal   a cruel or mean person  
19    of a piece   of the same kind; alike  
20    piece of cake  
Informal   something easily obtained or achieved  
      vb   tr  
21    often foll by: together   to fit or assemble piece by piece  
22    often foll by: up   to patch or make up (a garment) by adding pieces  
23      (Textiles)   to join (broken threads) during spinning,   (See also)        piece out  
     (C13 pece, from Old French, of Gaulish origin; compare Breton pez piece, Welsh peth portion)  


cane piece  
      n   (in the Caribbean) a field of sugar cane, esp. a peasant's isolated field  
conversation piece  
      n  
1    something, esp. an unusual object, that provokes conversation  
2    (esp. in 18th-century Britain) a group portrait in a landscape or domestic setting  
3    a play emphasizing dialogue  
costume piece  
      n   any theatrical production, film, television presentation, etc., in which the performers wear the costumes of a former age,   (Also called)    costume drama  
hand-piece  
      n     (Austral. and N.Z)   hand-held, power-operated shears used by a shearer  
   See also       comb       3  
museum piece  
      n  
1    an object of sufficient age or interest to be kept in a museum  
2    Informal   a person or thing regarded as antiquated or decrepit  
one-piece  
      adj  
1    (of a garment, esp. a bathing costume) made in one piece  
      n  
2    a garment, esp. a bathing costume, made in one piece  
period piece  
      n   an object, a piece of music, a play, etc., valued for its quality of evoking a particular historical period: often one regarded as of little except historical interest  
pièce de résistance     (French)  
      n  
1    the principal or most outstanding item in a series or creative artist's work  
2    the main dish of a meal  
     (lit: piece of resistance)  
piece-dyed  
      adj   (of fabric) dyed after weaving  
   Compare       yarn-dyed  
piece goods  
      pl n   goods, esp. fabrics, made in standard widths and lengths,   (Also called)    yard goods  
piece of eight  
      n   pl   , pieces of eight   a former Spanish coin worth eight reals; peso  
piece out  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to extend by adding pieces  
2    to cause to last longer by using only a small amount at a time  
to piece out rations     
piece rate  
      n   a fixed rate paid according to the quantity produced  
pole piece  
      n     (Electrical engineering)   a piece of ferromagnetic material forming an extension of the magnetic circuit in an electric motor, etc., used to concentrate the magnetic field where it will be most effective  
set piece  
      n  
1    a work of literature, music, etc., often having a conventional or prescribed theme, intended to create an impressive effect  
2    a piece of scenery built to stand independently as part of a stage set  
3    a display of fireworks  
4      (Sport)   a rehearsed team manoeuvre, usually attempted in continuous games at a restart of play, esp. when the other side has been penalized for improper play  
straining piece   , beam  
      n   a horizontal tie beam that connects the top of two queen posts of a roof truss  
tee-piece  
      n      a variant spelling of       T-piece  
three-piece  
      adj  
1    having three pieces, esp. (of a suit, suite, etc.) consisting of three matching parts  
      n  
2    a three-piece suite, suit, etc.  
T-piece  
      n   a strut or part shaped like a T  
two-piece  
      adj  
1    consisting of two separate parts, usually matching, as of a garment  
      n  
2    such an outfit  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
something is easy to do
n.
the skillful art of eyeing and identifying employment arrangements, by either job seekers or the publishers of staffing vacancies.
[Bus.] Ex.: Jack was adept at employerism and thus was able to fill most of the job openings in his department in a relatively short period of time.
adj.
. The art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized.
n.
hin, often tapered piece of material, such as wood, stone, or metal, used to fill gaps, make something level, or adjust something to fit properly
n.
1. using copyright law to make a piece of work freely available and allowing its free distribution and modification (as long as its derivate versions follow the same copyright rules)

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