\ ˈdīs How to pronounce dice (audio) \
plural dice

Definition of dice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

b : a gambling game played with dice
2 plural also dices : a small cubical piece (as of food)
3 : a close contest between two racing-car drivers for position during a race
no dice
1 : of no avail : no use : futile
2 : no entry 1 sense 3 said no dice to my request


diced; dicing

Definition of dice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cut into small cubes diced onions
b : to ornament with square markings diced leather
2a : to bring by playing dice dice himself into debt
b : to lose by dicing dice her money away

intransitive verb

1 : to play games with dice dice for drinks in the bar— Malcolm Lowry
2 : to take a chance the temptation to dice with deathNewsweek

Other Words from dice


dicer noun

Synonyms for dice

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of dice in a Sentence

Noun In this game, each player rolls the dice to see who plays first. They were shooting dice in one of the bar's back rooms. Verb Dice the potatoes and add them to the soup. quickly diced some peppers and onions and threw them into the stew
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So place your bets, roll the dice, and check it out, but remember- what happeneth in the theater, stayeth in the theater. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 25 Apr. 2022 Amid that crisis, Ferrari and his team of drivers roll the dice on one race — 1,000 miles across Italy, the infamous Mille Miglia. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2022 The Falcons, Rams, Vikings, and Steelers are all organizations that could, and should, roll the dice on bringing Rosen in, because there’s absolutely no risk. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 19 Aug. 2021 Grate zest from lemon and place in a small bowl and squeeze juice into bowl; mince or grate garlic and add to lemon zest and juice; chop fresh herbs; dice or crumble feta and grate Parm, if using. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2022 Since the mid-’90s, cellulite MVP treatments have all incorporated some form of subcision: a slice-and-dice of the tough collagen fibers, aka septae, that create dimpling by pulling down on skin. Emily Dougherty, Town & Country, 27 Apr. 2022 Ages 7+ Take the electronic version of the classic game on the go without worrying about losing dice. Abigail Bailey, Good Housekeeping, 27 Apr. 2022 Costume jewelry inspired by dangling pink N˚5 dice is a nod to the city's high-stakes gambling culture. Roxanne Robinson, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 These wooden dice can make that indecision a little bit easier — or at least help settle on a genre. Thomas Hindle, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For a salad with no awkward size differential, dice the vegetables in your salad to be about the same size as the pasta. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Also, make sure there is flexibility in the filters so users can slice and dice the data in the way that’s most useful for them. Dan Mallin, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Just dice it up into ¼-inch pieces and slowly sizzle it over a medium flame until deeply browned and most of the fat has rendered out. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2022 There are probably a million ways to slice and dice economic and cost-of-living data, so OJO’s survey isn’t the last word. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2022 The 2022 Porsche Macan can dice it up with sports sedans on a racetrack and carry a reasonable cartful of groceries home from Costco. Car and Driver, 4 Feb. 2022 To dispose of them safely, farmers dice them with a snowblower, spread them across their fields and let the winter elements degrade them. Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2022 Rather than having to dice and slice veggies when your hands are still numb from outside, a frozen soup will be ready to eat (and heat you up) after just a quick spin in the microwave. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 29 Dec. 2021 With five minutes left, peel, core and dice the apple. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dice


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for dice


Middle English dyce, from dees, dyce, plural of dee die entry 2


Middle English dycen, from dyce dice entry 1

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“Dice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dice. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for dice


\ ˈdīs How to pronounce dice (audio) \
plural dice

Kids Definition of dice

 (Entry 1 of 2)


diced; dicing

Kids Definition of dice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut into small cubes

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