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pieces, piecing, pieced

  1. N-COUNT: usu N of n A piece of something is an amount of it that has been broken off, torn off, or cut off.

  2. N-COUNT A piece of an object is one of the individual parts or sections which it is made of, especially a part that can be removed.

  3. N-COUNT: usu N of n A piece of land is an area of land.

  4. N-COUNT: N of n You can use piece of with many uncount nouns to refer to an individual thing of a particular kind. For example, you can refer to some advice as a piece of advice.

  5. N-COUNT You can refer to an article in a newspaper or magazine, some music written by someone, a broadcast, or a play as a piece.

  6. N-COUNT You can refer to a work of art as a piece. [FORMAL]

  7. N-COUNT: supp N You can refer to specific coins as pieces. For example, a 10p piece is a coin that is worth 10p.

  8. N-COUNT The pieces which you use when you play a board game such as chess are the specially made objects which you move around on the board.

  9. QUANT: QUANT of def-n A piece of something is part of it or a share of it. [AM]

  10. See also museum piece, party piece, set piece

  11. PHRASE: V inflects If you give someone a piece of your mind, you tell them very clearly that you think they have behaved badly. [INFORMAL]

  12. PHRASE: v-link PHR, oft PHR with n If something with several different parts is all of a piece, each part is consistent with the others. If one thing is of a piece with another, it is consistent with it.

  13. PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v If someone or something is still in one piece after a dangerous journey or experience, they are safe and not damaged or hurt.

  14. PHRASE: V inflects If you say your piece, you say everything you want to say about a particular matter without being interrupted, although people may be wanting to express opposing views.

  15. PHRASE: PHR after v You use to pieces in expressions such as `smash to pieces', and mainly in British English `fall to pieces' or `take something to pieces', when you are describing how something is broken or comes apart so that it is in separate pieces.

  16. PHRASE: V inflects If you go to pieces, you are so upset or nervous that you lose control of yourself and cannot do what you should do. [INFORMAL]

  17. PHRASE: V inflects If someone tears you to pieces, pulls your work to pieces, or picks your work to pieces, they criticize you or your work very severely. [INFORMAL]

  18. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR (disapproval) If you say that someone is a nasty piece of work, you mean that they are very unkind or unpleasant. [BRIT, INFORMAL]

  19. a piece of the action see action

    bits and pieces see bit

    a piece of cake see cake

    to pick up the pieces see pick up

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pi͟ːsNeuter nounusu N of A piece of something is an amount of it that has been broken off, torn off, or cut off.Examples

a piece of cake.
...a piece of wood.
...a few words scrawled on a piece of paper...
Cut the ham into pieces...
Do you want another piece?

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Basic forms
Present Participle (Participle I)piecing
Past Participle (Participle II)pieced
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I piecewe piece
you pieceyou piece
he/she/it piecesthey piece
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am piecingwe are piecing
you are piecingyou are piecing
he/she/it is piecingthey are piecing
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have piecedwe have pieced
you have piecedyou have pieced
he/she/it has piecedthey have pieced
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been piecingwe have been piecing
you have been piecingyou have been piecing
he/she/it has been piecingthey have been piecing
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I piecedwe pieced
you piecedyou pieced
he/she/it piecedthey pieced
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was piecingwe were piecing
you were piecingyou were piecing
he/she/it was piecingthey were piecing
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had piecedwe had pieced
you had piecedyou had pieced
he/she/it had piecedthey had pieced
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been piecingwe had been piecing
you had been piecingyou had been piecing
he/she/it had been piecingthey had been piecing
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will piecewe shall/will piece
you will pieceyou will piece
he/she/it will piecethey will piece
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be piecingwe shall/will be piecing
you will be piecingyou will be piecing
he/she/it will be piecingthey will be piecing
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have piecedwe shall/will have pieced
you will have piecedyou will have pieced
he/she/it will have piecedthey will have pieced
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been piecingwe shall/will have been piecing
you will have been piecingyou will have been piecing
he/she/it will have been piecingthey will have been piecing
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would piecewe should/would piece
you would pieceyou would piece
he/she/it would piecethey would piece
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be piecingwe should/would be piecing
you would be piecingyou would be piecing
he/she/it would be piecingthey would be piecing
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have piecedwe should/would have pieced
you would have piecedyou would have pieced
he/she/it would have piecedthey would have pieced
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been piecingwe should/would have been piecing
you would have been piecingyou would have been piecing
he/she/it would have been piecingthey would have been piecing
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am piecedwe are pieced
you are piecedyou are pieced
he/she/it is piecedthey are pieced
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being piecedwe are being pieced
you are being piecedyou are being pieced
he/she/it is being piecedthey are being pieced
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been piecedwe have been pieced
you have been piecedyou have been pieced
he/she/it has been piecedthey have been pieced
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was piecedwe were pieced
you were piecedyou were pieced
he/she/it was piecedthey were pieced
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being piecedwe were being pieced
you were being piecedyou were being pieced
he/she/it was being piecedthey were being pieced
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been piecedwe had been pieced
you had been piecedyou had been pieced
he/she/it had been piecedthey had been pieced
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be piecedwe shall/will be pieced
you will be piecedyou will be pieced
he/she/it will be piecedthey will be pieced
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been piecedwe shall/will have been pieced
you will have been piecedyou will have been pieced
he/she/it will have been piecedthey will have been pieced


Common casepiecepieces
Possessive casepiece'spieces'