piece - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    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
    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