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English definition of “piece”

piece

noun [C] (PART)    /piːs/
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).Words meaning small pieces and amounts in one piece as a single thing and not divided into smaller pieces: We want to sell the business in one piece.Complete and wholeVery and extreme 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.Tearing and breaking into pieces Grammar:Piece words and group wordsSee moreGrammar:Piece wordsPiece words make it possible to talk about a single unit or units of something which is seen as uncountable. Piece words include words such as piece, bit, item, article. We normally use them with of. We can use them in the singular or the plural.See more
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