dice

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noun

plural dice
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

dice

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verb

diced; dicing

transitive verb

1
a
: to cut into small cubes
diced onions
b
: to ornament with square markings
diced leather
2
a
: 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 barMalcolm Lowry
2
: to take a chance
the temptation to dice with deathNewsweek
dicer noun
Phrases
no dice
1
: of no avail : no use : futile
2
: no entry 1 sense 3
said no dice to my request

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
Upping the Ante An incomplete collection of some of the straight-up weirdest gambles in history By Teddy Brokaw Dice Hard Roman Emperor Nero gambled extravagantly during his first-century A.D. reign, often in games with four dice. Chris Carra, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 Shanahan had rolled the dice earlier in the game and won. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 12 Feb. 2024 Cunningham also used strategies of chance to determine, say, the structure of a dance by rolling dice or using the I-Ching. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 In the fall, Majors rolled the dice on a straight not-guilty verdict in what appeared to be an attempt to save his career, says entertainment attorney Tre Lovell, who is not connected to the case. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 One or two days before, start your prep and pre-cooking—dice up garnishes and veggies, put sauces in bowls, pre-mix a signature cocktail in batches, and make side dishes and appetizers that can easily warm in the oven. Charlottefive Staff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or casserole with cooking oil spray. Cut the shallot into small dice (to yield 1/3 to 1/2 cup). Bonnie S. Benwick, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 No dice — Saint John the Forerunner knows Clarence is an atheist. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2024 Fuzzy dice finally will be free to dangle in Illinois. CBS News, 30 Dec. 2023
Verb
Katherine Garr led the team in scoring with 23 points, hitting three 3-pointers and also dicing up the visitors on drives and cuts to the basket. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 4 Feb. 2024 To dice the tomato, cut it in half lengthwise, through the stem and down through its pert bottom. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2024 Finely dice the remaining stalk pieces and reserve. Fred Thompson, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Pico de gallo 2 small plum tomatoes, diced 1 tablespoon cilantro, minced 1 teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/4 small yellow or white onion, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt Chile flakes, to taste Mix all ingredients together in stainless steel bowl. Nina Lincoff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 When time is up, your chicken should be fall-off-the-bone tender and ready to dice. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 30 Dec. 2023 Shred your turkey instead of dicing it Shred the turkey by hand instead of chopping it with a knife. Shilpa Uskokovic, Bon Appétit, 22 Nov. 2023 Mildly oniony with a hint of garlic flavor, shallots are outstanding grated or diced and added to sauces or dressings. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Nov. 2023 Kourtney Kardashian Throws Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner for Husband Travis Barker’s 48th Birthday When the cosmetics entrepreneur came around with her cell phone to record, Kendall stopped dicing. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Verb

Middle English dycen, from dyce dice entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Dice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dice. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

dice

1 of 2 noun
plural dice
1
2
: a gambling game played with dice

dice

2 of 2 verb
diced; dicing
1
: to cut into small cubes
diced carrots
2
: to play games with dice
dicer noun

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