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piece

noun [C] uk   /piːs/ us  

piece noun [C] (PART)

A2 a part of something: a piece of cloth torn from her coat He cut the cake into six pieces. This jigsaw puzzle has two pieces missing. The vase lay on the floor in pieces (= broken into small parts). She tried to break/tear a small piece off the edge. The building was taken apart and reassembled piece by piece (= one part after another).in one piece as a single thing and not divided into smaller pieces: We want to sell the business in one piece.come/fall to pieces to break apart into smaller parts: The glass must have been cracked - it just fell to pieces in my hand. His clothes were dirty and falling to pieces.
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piece noun [C] (THING)

A2 a single object of a particular type: a piece of furniture/clothing/equipment a piece of paper (= a whole sheet) a piece of china (= an object made of china) a piece of information/adviceB2 something that has been created by an artist, musician, or writer: an orchestral/piano/instrumental piece a skilful piece of work/research Did you read that piece (= article) in the newspaper? a single thing that forms part of a set: a chess piece a coin with a stated value: Could you swap me a 20p piece for two tens?
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piece noun [C] (GUN)

old-fashioned a gun: an artillery piece US slang He was carrying a piece when he was arrested.
(Definition of piece noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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