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noun piece pronunciation in American English /pis/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an individual object of a particular type
    piece of: I’ve used four pieces of paper already.
    Power tools can be expensive pieces of equipment.
    1. a.
      a single instance of something of a particular type
      a piece of work/writing/research
      a piece of nonsense
      a piece of music
      a piece of information/advice/news
  2. 2
    [countable] a part that has been cut, broken, or separated from something larger
    He divided the dough into four pieces.
    piece of: The longest piece of wood was over fifteen feet.
    Would you like another piece of cake?
    a piece of land
    1. a.
      a part that you fit together with other parts to make something
      I didn’t expect the desk to arrive in pieces.
  3. 3
    [countable] a written, musical, or artistic work that someone has produced
    This vase is a particularly beautiful piece.
    piece of: a piece of music/sculpture/poetry
    1. a.
      an article in a newspaper or magazine, or a part of a television or radio program
      My search began after reading a piece in the New Yorker.
      write/do a piece on/about something: He had previously written an investigative piece about the killings.
  4. 5
    [countable] American informal a gun
  5. 6
    [countable] a coin that has a particular value
    a five-cent piece
  6. 7
    [singular] American informal a short distance
    You carry on up the river a piece.


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