- To physically assemble (or reassemble) from fragments or pieces.
- The community pieced together a quilt using a square stitched in each household.
- It took years for the archeologist to piece together the fragments of the shattered vase.
- 2013, Tom Shone, "Oscar nominations pull a surprise by showing some taste – but will it last?", The Guardian, 11 January 2013:
- Perhaps the best news to come out of the nominations was the brightened box-office prospects for such films as Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild, a dazzling piece of magic realism pieced together from just $1.8m, some rusty bathtubs and whatever Louisiana bric-a-brac its youthful collective of film-makers could lay their hands on.
- (figuratively) To reconstruct an event or goal from incomplete or flawed elements.
- The detective painstakingly collected clues to piece together what happened that tragic night.
- 2011, Phil McNulty, "Chelsea 3 - 5 Arsenal", BBC Sport, 29 October 2011:
- Arsenal have been piecing their season back together after a poor start and the manner of this win will provide added reserves of confidence and self-belief.
to physically assemble from fragments or pieces