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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.

    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

  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. 7
    [singular] American informal a short distance

    You carry on up the river a piece.



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