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



Definition of cubic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a cubic curve, equation, or polynomial

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Even before the fracking boom transformed the American energy landscape in the last decade, though, a trillion cubic feet of natural gas laying ready to send to customers wasn’t all that much. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Low Storage, Prices Equals Bad News for U.S. Gas Producers," 6 Apr. 2019 On 4Motion models, there is 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the second seat, opening up to 73.5 cubic feet with the second seat folded. star-telegram, "VW’s second-generation Tiguan crossover starts at $24,595, has room for up to seven," 23 June 2018 Energy companies already discovered a jackpot of natural gas roughly 30 years ago -- at least 700 billion cubic feet and as much as 3 trillion cubic feet -- in the Destin Dome, located about 25 miles south of Pensacola, Florida., "Trump Yanks Florida From Offshore Drilling Plan After Objections," 10 Jan. 2018 Engine size are usually 452 cubic inches, estimated from 12 hp to 25 hp. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Lawn Mower Buyer's Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy the Right Mower," 22 Feb. 2019 My interest in maximum cubic capacities and automatic defrost cycles was not precipitated by a craving for Hungryman dinners or initiation into a doomsday cult. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, "Why Serious Cooks Are In Love With Frozen Food," 1 Feb. 2019 At the end of 2018, Pennsylvania drillers were producing about 18 billion cubic feet of gas a day. Robert Bryce, WSJ, "Gas Shortages Give New York an Early Taste of the Green New Deal," 15 Feb. 2019 Small-town life in Brumadinho was shattered Friday afternoon when the 40-year-old dam failed, releasing almost 12 million cubic meters of mining waste. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Death Toll in Brazilian Mining-Dam Disaster Jumps to 34," 26 Jan. 2019 With the highest level of cubic feet per minute of airflow and highest moisture vapor transmission rate of any waterproof fabric ever tested. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The North Face's New Fabric Is Waterproof, Breathable, and Brought to You by Science," 8 Jan. 2019

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,, "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,, "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,, "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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1799, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cubic

: in the shape of a cube


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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