cubic

adjective
cu·​bic | \ ˈkyü-bik How to pronounce cubic (audio) \

Definition of cubic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having the form of a cube : cubical
2a : relating to the cube considered as a crystal form
b : being the volume of a cube whose edge is a specified unit cubic inch
4 : of third degree, order, or power a cubic polynomial

cubic

noun

Definition of cubic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a cubic curve, equation, or polynomial

Examples of cubic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The mouth bar is a build up of more than a million cubic yards of sand and sediment deposited into the river by Harvey and subsequent storms. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood BizCom focuses on flood mitigation, holiday safety," 6 Dec. 2019 The work involves removing about 1.6 million cubic yards of mud and silt from the bottom of the waterways, according to the plan. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco Bay dredging fuels an unexpected concern: climate change," 30 Nov. 2019 Natural gas and ethane production of 9 and 1 billion cubic feet priced at $8.50 and $10 per BOE, respectively. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Even With a Price Cut, Aramco Isn’t Cheap," 18 Nov. 2019 The fine for the civil infraction is not more than $800 if the litter is less than 1 cubic foot in volume, and up to $2,500 for 3 cubic feet or more of litter. Keith Matheny, Freep.com, "Plastics pollution? Course urged golfers to hit balls into Lake Michigan," 22 July 2019 This must-have seemed like a bargain at three or four times the price per cubic foot of most conifers. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: The things you think of — and cry about — when gardening," 13 July 2019 Calculating things out based on 7.48 gallons of water per cubic foot, Lake Erie is about 5.2 trillion gallons above normal. Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "How much extra water is in Lake Erie now at its record high? - 79 days of flow over Niagara Falls," 6 June 2019 That's because approximately 8 million cubic yards of dirt were excavated from the stadium bowl alone. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Take a sneak peek at construction of the Rams' stunning new stadium," 14 Nov. 2019 Last December, the Park District of Highland Park applied to IDNR and the Army Corps for a 10-year beach nourishment permit that would allow the park system to add up to 12,000 cubic yards of quarry sand annually for the next decade. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Park officials race against storm season with emergency Rosewood Beach sand," 3 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That leaves cubics, the stubborn holdouts of the polynomial universe. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Shed Light on Minimalist Conjecture," 9 July 2013 Its iconic cubic form created a modern version of a traditional Protestant meeting house. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including Chicago’s Robie House and Oak Park’s Unity Temple, named to World Heritage List," 7 July 2019 Mozgo acquires the boxes from a Bell Gardens company that imports ginger, paints them firetruck red, pays $120 per cubic yard for dirt and then uses a $900 trailer to haul it all back to his neighborhood on the south end of downtown Los Angeles. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Desperate to get rid of homeless people, some are using prickly plants, fences, barriers," 10 July 2019 Mozgo acquires the boxes from a Bell Gardens company that imports ginger, paints them firetruck red, pays $120 per cubic yard for dirt and then uses a $900 trailer to haul it all back to his neighborhood on the south end of downtown Los Angeles. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "Desperate to get rid of homeless people, some are using prickly plants, fences, barriers," 10 July 2019 Every 10-microgram-per-cubic-meter increase in the concentration of breathable particulate matter is associated with an increase of about 9 percent in infant mortality, an effect consistent over the 15-year study period, the study’s authors say. Washington Post, "Africa’s pollution killing thousands of infants, study says," 27 June 2018 The highest levels of microplastic found so far in the race was 357 particles per cubic metre recorded from the South China Sea, east of Taiwan. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Sailor sacrifices sleep for science to save the planet," 8 June 2018 Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Valparaiso Public Works employees will load compost and mulch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The charge for compost loading is $10 per cubic yard, payment by check or money order only. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 3 May 2018 Seminole County, which had a pre-storm contract to pay $7.49 per cubic yard to hauler Ceres Environmental, reworked the pact to pay the company 11 percent more — a raise of about 82 cents per cubic yard to $8.31, County Manager Nicole Guillet said. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Trump orders feds to pay more to help Florida cities, counties pay for Hurricane Irma debris," 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of cubic

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1799, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cubic was in the 15th century

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15 Dec 2019

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“Cubic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cubic. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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cubic

adjective
How to pronounce cubic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cubic

: in the shape of a cube

cubic

adjective
cu·​bic | \ ˈkyü-bik How to pronounce cubic (audio) \

Kids Definition of cubic

1 : having the shape of a cube
2 : being the volume of a cube whose edge has a specified length a cubic centimeter

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