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"piece" in British English

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piecenoun [C]

uk   /piːs/  us   /piːs/
  • 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/advice
B2 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 two quarters for a 50 cent piece?

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  • piece noun [C] (GUN)

old-fashioned a gun: an artillery pieceUS slang He was carrying a piece when he was arrested.

-piecesuffix

uk   / -piːs/  us   / -piːs/
(Definition of piece from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"piece" in American English

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piecenoun [C]

 us   /pis/
  • piece noun [C] (PART)

a part of something: a piece of cake/chicken/pizza The vase lay on the floor in pieces (= broken into small parts). She was so mad that she ripped the letter to pieces (= into small parts).
  • piece noun [C] (ITEM)

a single item that is one of other similar items: a piece of furniture/equipment/luggage/paper I have an important piece of information for you.
A piece can be something created by an artist, writer, or musician: He’s written a new piece of music.
(Definition of piece from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"piece" in Business English

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piecenoun [C]

uk   us   /piːs/
a single thing of a particular type, especially one of many: a piece of sth A faulty piece of software caused the bank's online facility to shut down for three hours. He produced an excellent piece of work. a piece of data/evidence/information
a coin that has a value below 100 pence, cents, etc.: a fifty-pence/fifty-cent piece
pay/buy/sell by the piece
COMMERCE to pay for, buy, or sell something in single units rather than in groups: The stitchers are paid a salary rather than by the piece. In those days stores sold candy by the piece for a penny.
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(Definition of piece from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“piece” in American English

“piece” in Business English

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