dice

noun
\ˈdīs \
plural dice

Definition of dice 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : die sense 1

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

dice

verb
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

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Other Words from dice

Verb

dicer noun

Synonyms for dice

Synonyms: Noun

bones, die

Synonyms: Verb

chop, hash, mince

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Diallo is still very much worth a dice roll in a low-risk situation, but his actual offensive ceiling will be a bit capped without significant improvement. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Final Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 18 June 2018 But not rolling the dice can have far greater consequences, and this year, the Cardinals don’t have a choice. Dan Bickley, azcentral, "Bickley: Cardinals must take the plunge and move up to get their next impact quarterback," 22 Mar. 2018 Beginning just after midnight Tuesday, as many as 50,000 people who cannot afford to pay the going rate for a rental home or apartment in Sacramento County will start rolling the dice in a lottery for subsidized housing. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Want a spot on Sacramento’s subsidized housing waiting list? Get in line Tuesday," 15 Jan. 2018 In the climactic finale of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker (or some Force apparition of Luke Skywalker) reunites with Leia and hands her the iconic dice from the Millennium Falcon. Matt Miller, Esquire, "This Is Why Han's Dice Were Such an Important Part of The Last Jedi," 11 Jan. 2018 But this isn’t your usual roll-the-dice sensation of far-flung adventuring. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 9-15," 9 July 2015 Lyman: Avenged Sevenfold always liked to gamble -- dice and poker. Chris Payne, Billboard, "The Summer Punk Went Pop: Oral History of the 2005 Warped Tour," 21 June 2018 There is a school of thought that thinks Trump should roll the dice anyway: still a real push in some GOP circles today to go w Barrett. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court Countdown: Who’s Got the Inside Track?," 8 July 2018 Merkley is an enticing pick for a team willing to roll the dice. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Will the Flyers roll the draft dice on Ryan Merkley, a talented defenseman prospect with attitude concerns?," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner diced up Oklahoma for 332 yards and five touchdowns in the 2005 Orange Bowl. Ben Ladner, SI.com, "The 10 Best National Championship Game Performances of the BCS Era," 13 July 2018 Alvarez cooks a box of cellentani pasta al dente and then dices a medium red onion and mixes it with the pasta and two jars of pesto. Veronica Hinke, chicagotribune.com, "Tips to put together the perfect picnic this summer," 20 June 2018 Patriarchy is being sliced and diced, and possibly reconceived. New York Times, "Signs of the Apocalypse at the Hammer Museum," 3 June 2018 Charged for action, the work of preparing the first recipe got underway and students got busy chopping, dicing, measuring, whisking and all that was needed to achieve mis en place before sauteing and baking. Maria Brown, Philly.com, "Prepwork produces a '5-star burrito breakfast'," 8 Mar. 2018 The razor clams, diced into tender discs and sautéed warm with guanciale before being stuffed back into their slender shells, were an adventure bite worth ordering. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 Meanwhile, dice the onion, cucumber, garlic cloves and bell pepper. Chris Ross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Blender gazpacho has umami flavors," 9 July 2018 Prepare fillings by dicing red bell pepper into 1/4-inch cubes and shredding Gruyere. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "How to make Starbucks-inspired egg bites at home," 27 Feb. 2018 Use cooked and crumbled bacon or diced and cooked pancetta. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Asparagus still rolling in — so many reasons to love it," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of dice

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for dice

Noun

Middle English dyce, from dees, dyce, plural of dee die — more at die

Verb

Middle English dycen, from dyce

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dice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small cube that is made of plastic, wood, etc., that has one to six dots on each side, and that is used usually in pairs in various games

: a gambling game played with dice

: a small cube

dice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut (food) into small cubes

dice

noun
\ˈdīs \
plural dice

Kids Definition of dice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

dice

verb
diced; dicing

Kids Definition of dice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut into small cubes dice carrots

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