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noun [countable] piece pronunciation in British English /piːs/
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  1. 1
    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
    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 four metres.
    Can I offer you 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 furniture to arrive in pieces.
      take something to pieces (=separate it into parts): We had to take the bed to pieces to get it down the stairs.
  3. 3
    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 programme
      My search began after reading a piece in the Daily Mirror.
      write/do a piece on/about something: He had previously written an investigative piece about the killings.
  4. 5
    American informal a gun



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