American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A realistic piece of stage scenery constructed to stand by itself.
- n. An often brilliantly executed artistic or literary work characterized by a formal pattern.
- n. A carefully planned and executed military operation.
- n. A situation, activity, or speech planned beforehand and carried out according to a prescribed pattern or formula.
- n. a piece of freestanding stage scenery
- n. any carefully planned sequence of operations, especially as part of a military operation
- n. an elaborate action scene in a movie or video game
- n. soccer any planned strategy that a team uses after play is restarted with a free kick, penalty kick, corner kick, goal kick, throw-in or kickoff.
- n. a piece of scenery intended to stand alone as part of the stage setting
“The house was white, three stories with an oriel window on the top floor at the center, flowers in the window, like a set piece in marzipan.”
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