cubic

adjective
cu·​bic | \ˈkyü-bik \

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 : isometric sense 1

3a : three-dimensional

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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That's more than, say, an Alfa Romeo Stelvio but several cubic feet shy of a Q5 or X3. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Luxury on a budget: The Lexus NX 300h hybrid reviewed," 14 Oct. 2018 The car is equipped with the 300 hp 327 cubic-inch V8 and a 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. Fox News, "1963 Chevrolet Corvette parked in a garage for 45 years could be worth a small fortune," 18 June 2018 But even with the Model 3’s front trunk, the Bolt has more vertical space and cubic volume. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Tesla Model 3 just may be worth the wait," 19 Apr. 2018 The yellow 2008 Dirico bike with a Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle 103 cubic-inch engine is being donated by Mike Dirico of Dirico Motors. BostonGlobe.com, "Tea by the sea, Korean peace medals, and $2,000 to fight hunger," 13 July 2018 With more than 70 per cent of the Earth covered by oceans, a 3-inch increase means about 6,500 cubic miles (27,150 cubic km) of extra water. Fox News, "NASA's chilling 30-year-old warning," 19 June 2018 With more than 70 percent of the Earth is covered by oceans, a 3-inch increase means about 6,500 cubic miles (27,150 cubic km) of extra water. Washington Post, "Global warming cooks up ‘a different world’ over 3 decades," 18 June 2018 With more than 70 percent of the Earth covered by oceans, a 3-inch increase means about 6,500 cubic miles (27,150 cubic km) of extra water. Seth Borenstein And Nicky Forster, Cincinnati.com, "Warned 30 years ago, global warming 'is in our living room'," 18 June 2018 Compared with the present, Albrecht calculates, West Antarctica contributed roughly 30,000 cubic miles of ice to sea level rise— equal to 130 trillion tons. National Geographic, "The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Seems to Be Good at Collapsing," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The charge for compost loading is $10 per cubic yard, payment by check or money order only. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Neighbors calendar," 29 May 2017 Their namesake cubic frames contain up to 15 tentacles at the corners, with each growing as much as 10 feet long, all lined with thousands of stinging cells— Daniel Jameson, CNT, "The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in the World," 10 July 2017 The charge for compost loading is $10 per cubic yard, payment by check or money order only. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Neighbors calendar," 29 May 2017 The charge for compost loading is $10 per cubic yard, payment by check or money order only. Post-Tribune, "Community calendar," 13 May 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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cubic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cubic

: in the shape of a cube

cubic

adjective
cu·​bic | \ˈkyü-bik \

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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