1. Having spots and patches of black and white, or other colors; mottled; pied. "A piebald steed of Thracian
2. Fig.: Mixed. "Piebald languages." Hudibras.
(Piece) n. [OE. pece, F. pièce, LL. pecia, petia, petium, probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. peth a
thing, a part, portion, a little, Armor. pez, Gael. & Ir. cuid part, share. Cf. Petty.]
1. 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.
Bring it out piece by piece.Ezek. xxiv. 6.
2. A definite portion or quantity, as of goods or work; as, a piece of broadcloth; a piece of wall paper.
3. 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.
(c) A coin; as, a sixpenny piece; formerly applied specifically to an English gold coin worth 22 shillings.
(d) A fact; an item; as, a piece of news; a piece of knowledge.
4. An individual; applied to a person as being of a certain nature or quality; often, but not always, used
slightingly or in contempt. "If I had not been a piece of a logician before I came to him." Sir P. Sidney.
Thy mother was a piece of virtue.Shak.
His own spirit is as unsettled a piece as there is in all the world.Coleridge.
5. (Chess) One of the superior men, distinguished from a pawn.
6. A castle; a fortified building. [Obs.] Spenser.
Of a piece, of the same sort, as if taken from the same whole; like; sometimes followed by with.
Dryden. Piece of eight, the Spanish piaster, formerly divided into eight reals. To give a piece
of one's mind to, to speak plainly, bluntly, or severely to Thackeray. Piece broker, one who buys
shreds and remnants of cloth to sell again. Piece goods, goods usually sold by pieces or fixed
portions, as shirtings, calicoes, sheetings, and the like.
(Piece), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pieced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Piecing ]
1. To make, enlarge, or repair, by the addition of a piece or pieces; to patch; as, to piece a garment;
often with out. Shak.
2. To unite; to join; to combine. Fuller.
His adversaries . . . pieced themselves together in a joint opposition against him.Fuller.
(Piece) v. i. To unite by a coalescence of parts; to fit together; to join. "It pieced better." Bacon.