ETYM Old Fren. cantel, chantel, corner, side, piece, French chanteau a piece cut from a larger piece, dim. of Old Fren. cant edge, corner. Related to Cant.
The back of a saddle seat.
Corner, edge or slice of anything. Slice; hinder saddle-bow.
1. A small fragment; a piece broken off from a larger object; SYN. bit, piece, fragmen, shard.
2. The act of chipping something; SYN. chipping, splintering.
3. A thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat; SYN. crisp, potato chip, Saratoga chip.
4. A small disk-shaped counter used to represent money when gambling; SYN. poker chip.
5. A small crystal of a silicon semiconductor fabricated to carry out a number of electronic functions in an integrated circuit; SYN. microchip, micro chip, silicon chip.
6. (Golf) A low running approach shot; SYN. chip shot.
7. A piece of dried dung; SYN. cow chip, buffalo chip.
8. (Nautical) A triangular piece of wood attached to the end of a log line.
A passage selected from a larger work; SYN. extract, selection.
1. That which is extracted or drawn out.
2. A portion of a book or document, separately transcribed; a citation; a quotation.
3. A solution, or infusion made by drawing out from any substance that which gives it its essential and characteristic virtue; essence.
4. A solid preparation obtained by evaporating a solution of a solution, etc., or the fresh juice of a plant.
5. Extraction; descent.
6. (Law) A draft or copy of writing; certified copy of the proceedings in an action and the judgment therein, with an order for execution.
ETYM French fraction, Latin fractio a breaking, from frangere, fractum, to break. Related to Break.
1. A component of a mixture that has been separated by a fractional process.
2. A small piece or item forming part of a whole.
3. The quotient of two rational numbers.
ETYM Latin fragmentum, from frangere to break: cf. French fragment. Related to Break.
A piece broken off of something else.
ETYM French paragraphe, Late Lat. paragraphus, from Greek paragraphos (sc. grammh) a line or stroke drawn in the margin, from paragrafein to write beside; para beside + graphein to write. Related to Para-, and Graphic, Paraph.
One of several distinct subdivisions of a text intended to separate ideas; the beginning is usually marked by a new indented line.
ETYM Old Eng. pece, French pičce, Late Lat. pecia, petia, petium, probably of Celtic origin; cf. w. peth a thing, a part, portion, a little, Armor. pez, Gael. and Irish cuid part, share. Related to Petty.
1. A separate part of a whole.
2. A serving that has been cut from a larger portion; SYN. slice.
3. An instance of some kind; SYN. bit.
4. An item that is an instance of some type; or.
5. An artistic or literary composition.
6. A distance.
7. An object created by a sculptor.
ETYM Old Eng. scrappe, from Icel. skrap trifle, cracking. Related to Scrape.
1. A small piece; a bit; a fragment; a detached, incomplete portion.
2. A fragment of something written or printed; a brief excerpt; an unconnected extract.
3. A remnant; any part or piece not needed in the completion of a task.
ETYM Latin sectio, from secare, sectum, to cut; akin to Eng. saw a cutting instrument: cf. French section. Related to Saw, Scion, Dissect, Insect, Secant, Segment.
1. A self-contained part of a larger composition; SYN. subdivision.
2. A very thin slice (of tissue or mineral or other substance) for examination under a microscope.
3. One of several pieces or parts that fit with others to constitute a whole object; SYN. segment.
4. A distinct region or subdivision of a territorial or political area or community or group of people.
5. A division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class.
6. A segment of a citrus fruit.
7. A land unit of 1 square mile measuring 1 mile on a side.
8. A small army unit usually having a special function.
9. A small team of policemen working as part of a police platoon.
10. (Geometry) The area created by a plane cutting through a solid; SYN. plane section.
ETYM Old Eng. schivere, from shive; cf. German schifer a splinter, slate, Old High Germ. scivere a splinter, Dan. and Swed. skifer a slate. Related to Shive, Skever.
1. Trembling or shaking.
2. A small fragment or shard.
ETYM Old Eng. shrede, schrede, as. screáde; akin to od. schroode, German schrot a piece cut off, Icel. skrjothr a shred, and to Eng. shroud. Related to Screed, Scroll, Scrutiny.
A tiny or scarcely detectable amount; SYN. scintilla, whit, iota, tittle, smidgen, smidgeon, smidgin, smidge.
(Irregular plural: snatches).
1. A brief period; a brief, fragmentary, or hurried part; bit.
2. A snatching at or of something; an act or instance of kidnapping.
3. A block that can be opened on one side to receive the bight of a rope.
1. A small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal; SYN. sliver, flinders.
2. A group or faction broken away from a parent body