cubic

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adjective

cu·​bic ˈkyü-bik How to pronounce cubic (audio)
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: having the form of a cube : cubical
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a
: relating to the cube considered as a crystal form
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b
: being the volume of a cube whose edge is a specified unit
cubic inch
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: of third degree, order, or power
a cubic polynomial

cubic

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noun

: a cubic curve, equation, or polynomial

Examples of cubic in a Sentence

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Adjective
Water is being released at nearly 260 cubic feet per second to draw down the reservoir below the crack. CBS News, 11 Apr. 2024 The cargo area offers 20 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up, 55 cubic feet. James Raia, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 The average dryer uses around 2,000 cubic feet of natural gas a year, with CO2 emissions roughly equivalent to driving about 300 miles. Tik Root, WIRED, 30 Mar. 2024 Blum’s team figures that if gas fuels 40% of the incremental AI load, that will require a dedicated supply of 7 billion cubic feet per day, up to 16 bcfd in a high-case scenario. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Between 2010 and 2020, total volumes of natural gas lost to venting and flaring on federal and tribal lands averaged about 44.2 billion cubic feet per year — enough to serve roughly 675,000 homes, the Interior said. Matthew Daly, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2024 This new eruption has dumped over 20 million cubic meters (700 million cubic feet) of basaltic lava onto the surface ... Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 Rescue teams had already cleared 41 cubic meters of rubble. Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN, 23 Mar. 2024 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has primary annual average standards of 12.0 micrograms per cubic meter. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 20 Mar. 2024
Noun
Before long, Cardano could solve any depressed cubic. Quanta Magazine, 30 June 2022 That leaves cubics, the stubborn holdouts of the polynomial universe. Quanta Magazine, 9 July 2013 Its iconic cubic form created a modern version of a traditional Protestant meeting house. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, 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. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, 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, 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, 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, 3 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1799, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Cubic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cubic. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

cubic

adjective
cu·​bic
ˈkyü-bik
variants also cubical
-bi-kəl
1
: having the form of a cube
2
a
: having length, width, and height
b
: relating to volume
3
: being or having the volume of a cube whose edge is a specified unit
cubic centimeter
cubic inch
cubically
-bi-k(ə-)lē
adverb

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