a piece of work being machined.

1925–30; work + piece Unabridged
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workpiece (ˈwɜːkˌpiːs)
a piece of metal or other material that is in the process of being worked on or made or has actually been cut or shaped by a hand tool or machine

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Example sentences
They do not measure a length, then try to transfer that measurement to the
  workpiece, the piece to be cut to length.
Individually, each workpiece is unlikely to afford deductive phenomenon.
The roundness profile of the workpiece is transferred to the graph as the
  surface of the workpiece deflects the stylus.
The workpiece material can adhere to the cutting tool.
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