Piece vs Part - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between piece and part

is that piece is a part of a larger whole, usually in such a form that it is able to be separated from other parts while part is (label) a portion; a component .

As verbs the difference between piece and part

is that piece is (transitive|usually|with together) to assemble (something real or figurative) while part is (lb) to leave.

As an adjective part is

fractional; partial.

As an adverb part is

partly; partially; fractionally.

piece

English

Alternative forms

* peece (obsolete)

Noun

(en noun)
  • A part of a larger whole, usually in such a form that it is able to be separated from other parts.
  • A single item belonging to a class of similar items: as, for example, a piece of machinery, a piece of software.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=[The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, […].}}
  • (chess) One of the figures used in playing chess, specifically a higher-value figure as distinguished from a pawn; by extension, a similar counter etc. in other games.
  • * 1959 , (Hans Kmoch), Pawn Power in Chess , I:
  • Pawns, unlike pieces , move only in one direction: forward.
  • A coin, especially one valued at less than the principal unit of currency.
  • a sixpenny piece
  • An artistic creation, such as a painting, sculpture, musical composition, literary work, etc.
  • An artillery gun.
  • (US, Canada, colloquial) (short for hairpiece); a toupee or wig, usually when worn by a man.
  • A slice or other quantity of bread, eaten on its own; a sandwich or light snack.
  • * 2008 , (James Kelman), Kieron Smith, Boy , Penguin 2009, p. 46:
  • My grannie came and gived them all a piece and jam and cups of water then I was to bring them back out to the street and play a game.
  • (US, colloquial) A gun.
  • (US, colloquial, vulgar) A sexual encounter; from piece of ass or piece of tail
  • (US, colloquial, mildly, vulgar) (short for "piece of crap") a shoddy or worthless object, usually applied to consumer products like vehicles or appliances.
  • (US, slang) A cannabis pipe.
  • (baseball) Used to describe a pitch that has been hit but not well, usually either being caught by the opposing team or going foul. Usually used in the past tense with got, and never used in the plural.
  • (dated, sometimes, derogatory) An individual; a person.
  • * Sir Philip Sidney
  • If I had not been a piece of a logician before I came to him.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Thy mother was a piece of virtue.
  • * Coleridge
  • His own spirit is as unsettled a piece as there is in all the world.
  • (obsolete) A castle; a fortified building.
  • (Spenser)
  • (US) A pacifier.
  • Synonyms

    * See also * See also

    Usage notes

    When used as a baseball term, the term is idiomatic in that the baseball is almost never broken into pieces. It is rare in modern baseball for the cover of a baseball to even partially tear loose. In professional baseball, several new, not previously played baseballs are used in each game. It could be argued that the phrase was never meant (not even metaphorically) to refer to breaking the ball into pieces, and that "get a piece of the ball" means the bat contacts only a small area of the ball - in other words, that the ball is hit off-center. In that case "get" would mean "succeed in hitting", not "obtain".

    Derived terms

    * bits and pieces * piecemeal * piecen * piece of cake * piece of eight * piece of the action

    See also

    *

    See also

    * chunk * bit

    Verb

    (piec)
  • (transitive, usually, with together) To assemble (something real or figurative).
  • These clues allowed us to piece together the solution to the mystery.
  • * Fuller
  • His adversaries pieced themselves together in a joint opposition against him.
  • To make, enlarge, or repair, by the addition of a piece or pieces; to patch; often with out .
  • to piece a garment
    (Shakespeare)
  • (slang) To produce a work of graffiti more complex than a tag.
  • * 2009 , Gregory J. Snyder, Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Underground (page 40)
  • It is incorrect to say that toys tag and masters piece ; toys just do bad tags, bad throw-ups, and bad pieces.
  • * 2009 , Scape Martinez, GRAFF: The Art & Technique of Graffiti (page 124)
  • It is often used to collect other writer's tags, and future plans for bombing and piecing .

    Derived terms

    * piece together * repiece * unpiece 1000 English basic words ----

    part

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (label) A portion; a component.
  • #A fraction of a whole.
  • #:
  • #*
  • #*:Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate "closet taxonomist," Franz Stephani—a ghost whose shadow falls over us all.
  • #*{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=11, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Towards the end of poverty , passage=America’s poverty line is $63 a day for a family of four. In the richer parts of the emerging world $4 a day is the poverty barrier. But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 ([…]): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.}}
  • #A distinct element.
  • #:
  • #*
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=It had been arranged as part of the day's programme that Mr. Cooke was to drive those who wished to go over the Rise in his new brake.}}
  • #*{{quote-magazine, date=2012-12-01, volume=405, issue=8813, page=3 (Technology Quarterly), magazine=(The Economist), title= An internet of airborne things
  • , passage=A farmer could place an order for a new tractor part' by text message and pay for it by mobile money-transfer. A supplier many miles away would then take the ' part to the local matternet station for airborne dispatch via drone.}}
  • #A group inside a larger group.
  • #Share, especially of a profit.
  • #:
  • #A unit of relative proportion in a mixture.
  • #:
  • #3.5 centiliters of one ingredient in a mixed drink.
  • #A section of a document.
  • #:
  • #A section of land; an area of a country or other territory; region.
  • #*1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , II.vi:
  • #*:the Faery knight / Besought that Damzell suffer him depart, / And yield him readie passage to that other part .
  • # A factor.
  • #:
  • Duty; responsibility.
  • :
  • #Position or role (especially in a play).
  • #:
  • #*
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=We drove back to the office with some concern on my part at the prospect of so large a case. Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.}}
  • #*, chapter=5
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights,
  • #(label) The melody played or sung by a particular instrument, voice, or group of instruments or voices, within a polyphonic piece.
  • #:
  • #Each of two contrasting sides of an argument, debate etc.; "hand".
  • #*, II.15:
  • #*:the fruition of life cannot perfectly be pleasing unto us, if we stand in any feare to lose it. A man might nevertheless say on the contrary part , that we embrace and claspe this good so much the harder, and with more affection, as we perceive it to be less sure, and feare it should be taken from us.
  • #*Bible, (w), ix.40:
  • #*:He that is not against us is on our part .
  • #*(Edmund Waller) (1606-1687)
  • #*:Make whole kingdoms take her brother's part .
  • (US) The dividing line formed by combing the hair in different directions.
  • :
  • (label) In the Hebrew lunisolar calendar, a unit of time equivalent to 3? seconds. (jump)
  • A constituent of character or capacity; quality; faculty; talent; usually in the plural with a collective sense.
  • *(Edmund Burke) (1729-1797)
  • *:men of considerable parts
  • * (1800-1859)
  • *:great quickness of parts
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:which maintained so politic a state of evil, that they will not admit any good part to intermingle with them.
  • Synonyms

    * portion, component, element * faction, party * position, role * parting (UK), (l), (l)/(l) * (jump) chelek * See also

    Holonyms

    * whole

    Derived terms

    * part and parcel * part of speech

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (lb) To leave.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:He wrung Bassanio's hand, and so they parted .
  • *(Anthony Trollope) (1815-1882)
  • *:It was strange to him that a father should feel no tenderness at parting with an only son.
  • *(George Eliot) (1819-1880)
  • *:his precious bag, which he would by no means part from
  • To cut hair with a parting; shed.
  • (lb) To divide in two.
  • :
  • *1884 , (Mark Twain), (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), Chapter VII
  • *:I run the canoe into a deep dent in the bank that I knowed about; I had to part the willow branches to get in; and when I made fast nobody could a seen the canoe from the outside.
  • (lb) To be divided in two or separated; shed.
  • :
  • To divide up; to share.
  • *1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. (Bible) , (w) III:
  • *:He that hath ij. cootes, lett hym parte with hym that hath none: And he that hath meate, let him do lyke wyse.
  • *(Bible), (w) xix. 24
  • *:They parted my raiment among them.
  • *(Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • *:to part his throne, and share his heaven with thee
  • *, II.x:
  • *:He left three sonnes, his famous progeny, / Borne of faire Inogene of Italy; / Mongst whom he parted his imperiall state
  • (lb) To have a part or share; to partake.
  • *(Bible), 1 (w) xxx. 24
  • *:They shall part alike.
  • To separate or disunite; to remove from contact or contiguity; to sunder.
  • *(Bible), (w) xxiv. 51
  • *:While he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:The narrow seas that part / The French and English.
  • *
  • *:"A fine man, that Dunwody, yonder," commented the young captain, as they parted , and as he turned to his prisoner. "We'll see him on in Washington some day. He is strengthening his forces now against Mr. Benton out there.."
  • (lb) To hold apart; to stand or intervene between.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:The stumbling night did part our weary powers.
  • To separate by a process of extraction, elimination, or secretion.
  • :
  • *(Matthew Prior) (1664-1721)
  • *:The liver minds his own affair,/ And parts and strains the vital juices.
  • To leave; to quit.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:since presently your souls must part your bodies
  • To leave (an IRC channel).
  • *2000 , "Phantom", Re: Uhm... hi... I guess...'' (on newsgroup ''alt.support.boy-lovers )
  • *:He parted the channel saying "SHUTUP!"since then, I've been seeing him on IRC every day (really can't imagine him not being on IRC anymore actually).
  • Derived terms

    * part ways * part with

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Fractional; partial.
  • Fred was part owner of the car.

    Adverb

    (-)
  • Partly; partially; fractionally.
  • Derived terms

    * part-finance * take part

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