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n. A fragment or part of anything separated from the whole, in any manner, as by cutting, splitting, breaking, or tearing; a part; a portion; as, a piece of sugar; to break in pieces. A definite portion or quantity, as of goods or work; as, a piece of broadcloth; a piece of wall paper. Any one thing conceived of as apart from other things of the same kind; an individual article; a distinct single effort of a series; a definite performance; especially: (a) A literary or artistic composition; as, a piece of poetry, music, or statuary. (b) A musket, gun, or cannon; as, a battery of six pieces; a following piece. A weapon, particularly a firearm. (c) A coin; as, a sixpenny piece; - formerly applied specifically to an English gold coin worth 22 shillings in 1910. (d) A fact; an item; as, a piece of news; a piece of knowledge. An individual; - applied to a person as being of a certain nature or quality; often, but not always, used slightingly or in contempt.


 - (Chess) One of the superior men, distinguished from a pawn. A castle; a fortified building. Of a piece, of the ...

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