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 That just leaves one mystery: why wombats evolved cubic poop in the first place. Tess Joosse, Science | AAAS, "How do wombats poop cubes? Scientists get to the bottom of the mystery," 27 Jan. 2021 The United States’ standard is below that of the World Health Organization, which recommends a limit of 10 micrograms per cubic meter as an annual average. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Cracking down on soot pollution could save thousands of lives—but the EPA won’t do it," 10 Dec. 2020 In mid-September, the ventilation system will be turned on to start to filter the air until the room is much cleaner than an operating room, aiming for a standard of a single micron-sized particle per cubic foot. Evan Ramstad, Star Tribune, "Minnesota chipmaker SkyWater finishes addition construction, equipment going in sooner than planned," 8 Sep. 2020 Wayne County charges 16 cents per cubic yard, or 48 cents per ton, at its landfills. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan sucks at recycling. Blame plentiful and cheap landfills," 5 Jan. 2021 The search for a cubic polynomial with integer coefficients that has three non-real roots will teach you about the importance of complex conjugates — pairs of complex numbers whose product and sum are always real. Quanta Magazine, "Some Math Problems Seem Impossible. That Can Be a Good Thing.," 18 Nov. 2020 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler has decided to retain current standards for soot pollution, keeping fine-particle pollution limits adopted in 2012 that set the bar at 12 micrograms per cubic meter of air. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "EPA to Retain Existing Soot Standards After Review," 7 Dec. 2020 Emissions on specific days are allowed to be as high as 35 per cubic meter, a standard set 14 years ago. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration rejects tougher standards on soot, a deadly air pollutant," 7 Dec. 2020 One distinctively non-cubic rock formation lies on the coast of Northern Ireland, where waves lap against tens of thousands of basalt columns. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology," 19 Nov. 2020 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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“Cubic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cubic. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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cubic

adjective

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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