dice

noun
\ 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

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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even the back tires are there to help by adding rear-axle steering to your all-wheel-drive slice and dice. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Brings Effortless Performance," 12 Feb. 2021 Soth and King found common inspiration in the work of composer John Cage, and having the rules for an improvisation driven by tumbling dice is the kind of thing that Cage would do with the dance company of his partner, Merce Cunningham. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Sound meets vision as Dave King and Alec Soth square off in an artistic pingpong match," 1 Feb. 2021 Images of Malcolm X baptizing Tupac, or Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shooting dice in an alleyway with rappers who have died are more of a troll, Desus said. New York Times, "These Images Tell the Stories of American Blackness," 27 Jan. 2021 The replacement election could be a roll of the dice, however. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Barbara Bry presses recall, seeks to organize neighborhood groups," 23 Dec. 2020 One British official characterized the resumption of negotiations as the last throw of the dice. Ian Wishart, Bloomberg.com, "Brexit Talks Resume as Officials Seek to Hammer Out Solution," 6 Dec. 2020 To enter a fugu restaurant is cast as a daredevil feat akin to skydiving, with each bite a roll of the dice. New York Times, "The Appealing and Potentially Lethal Delicacy That Is Fugu," 4 Dec. 2020 Nothing has brought this reality home to me more than the coronavirus pandemic, a roll of the dice for us all. Bob Brody, WSJ, "It’s Thanksgiving, as Luck Would Have It," 24 Nov. 2020 In a last desperate throw of the dice, Hitler has intensified the Third Reich’s V2 rocket program. Robert Harris, Star Tribune, "Review: 'V2,' by Robert Harris," 20 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Next, dice the potatoes and add them and broth to the pot, then simmer until tender. Washington Post, "Loaded baked potato soup is the simple, luscious bowl of comfort I crave in colder months," 4 Jan. 2021 When liquid comes to a low boil, tear greens and finely dice the stems, if desired, and add to the pot. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Give your new year an auspicious start with a warming soup full of a black-eyed peas and winter greens," 31 Dec. 2020 On one hand, Dak Prescott can slice and dice any defense with a dominant receiver group and a surprisingly effective tight end. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Browns, including a silver lining hidden within the loss to Cleveland," 5 Oct. 2020 Cohan was freed up to slice and dice more zombies due to the untimely demise of her other show, Whiskey Cavalier. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Lamenting the loss of Whiskey Cavalier with Lauren Cohan," 2 Oct. 2020 Mahomes can slice and dice an opponent, delivering the ball from whatever arm angle necessary. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs prove they're in separate class from Ravens, rest of NFL," 29 Sep. 2020 Do not peel the poblanos, but remove the stem and seeds and dice the peppers. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Fire-Roasted Corn and Poblano Chile Salad," 23 Sep. 2020 The latest edition Saturday saw Louisville dice up the Indy defense early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead by the 44th minute on goals from Speedy Williams, Corben Bone and Napo Matsoso. Kevin Johnston, The Indianapolis Star, "Rival Louisville City continues to have Indy Eleven’s number," 6 Sep. 2020 Very finely dice the celery and bell pepper; tumble into a bowl. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Ease the chore of stay-at-home lunches with make-ahead treasures you can mine later," 26 Aug. 2020

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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 entry 2

Verb

Middle English dycen, from dyce dice entry 1

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The first known use of dice was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

19 Feb 2021

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“Dice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dice. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce dice (audio) \
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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