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

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

Many chose to roll the dice and bet on higher prices, Irwin said. John Muyskens, Washington Post, "Midwestern farmers’ struggles with extreme weather are visible from space," 2 July 2019 Yet given the high-profile nature of the case, and the severity of the charges, insiders predict that the prosecutor is unlikely to do so and would prefer to roll the dice in trial. The Economist, "Harvey Weinstein’s trials," 22 June 2019 After rolling the dice on Samanic, the Spurs used the second of their two first-round picks to nab another teenager. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs’ draft leads to teenage invasion," 21 June 2019 Draft Porter, bring back Udonis Haslem for another season as a locker-room mentor and roll the dice on talent. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Should Kevin Porter Jr. be Heat’s prime draft consideration?," 20 June 2019 Considering only a handful players stick in the Rule 5 draft each year, the roster would look quite different if the Orioles were able to roll the dice and see if those players made it through the draft before adding them to the major league roster. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles reset: How the 40-man roster situation is making this season harder than it should be," 17 June 2019 But, like Tyrion's pleas to Daenerys not to turn King's Landing into a backyard barbecue, no dice. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Literally No One Misses 'Game of Thrones' More Than the Jonas Brothers," 6 June 2019 Where other battle games rely on complicated systems of stats, charts, and dice-rolling combat, Wildlands boldly hacks away at any unnecessary complexity. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Wildlands may be the slickest, simplest fantasy skirmish game ever made," 1 Dec. 2018 Another roll of the dice didn’t pay off, either: Raptors forward Pascal Siakam got his fourth shortly after halftime, then got his fifth with 9:26 left in the third. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Halfway: Bucks top Raptors 125-103 for 2-0 East finals lead," 18 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Nature is fecund all around us, a season in full swing, wheeling, dicing spores so numerous that the air is thick with them. Melinda Stevens, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: On Savoring the Moment at Every Bend," 25 June 2019 Tater Tot Casserole from Bow & Arrow 1 medium onion, peeled and diced4 ounces butter 1 (12-ounce) can golden mushroom soup ¾ teaspoon salt 4 ounces shredded cheese, plus more for topping 1. al.com, "Barbecue tips from Auburn’s Bow & Arrow chefs," 12 June 2019 An Osakan specialty, takoyaki are fried balls of chopped or diced octopus with onions, pickled ginger, and an aioli sauce. Adam Rosenbaum, BostonGlobe.com, "Eating and drinking my way through Japan," 11 June 2019 Three people in black chef coats work attentively, shuttling sheet trays in and out of double-decker commercial ovens and dicing ingredients on plastic cutting boards. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "This cannabis kitchen serves up THC-infused pizza and burgers. Here's a look inside," 4 June 2019 Another person was seen dicing tomatoes with bare hands. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Indian restaurant in Cobb fails health inspection," 3 May 2018 Toronto sliced and diced the Dubs’ defense Wednesday. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Warriors’ Defense Needs More Help Than Their Offense," 5 June 2019 When cool, pull the chicken into large shreds (or dice with a knife). Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Hungry for salad season? Citrus salads will get you through | Charlotte Observer," 17 Apr. 2018 Her story has always been about revenge and murder, slicing and dicing her foes with the grace and ease of an infomercial chopping device. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Sorry, But I’m Not Here for Arya’s Sex Scene on Game of Thrones," 22 Apr. 2019

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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 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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