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

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 Mundane objects — weights and scales, fishhooks, playing dice, lamps and cookware — bring the verses of the New Testament to life. Fox News, "Franciscan museum in Jerusalem shows life in Jesus' time," 7 July 2018 Their pockets of downtime are spent working out, catching part of a movie, or playing a dice and marbles game called Aggravation. Robert Scheer, Indianapolis Star, "Firefighters can’t be surprised. But I was shocked by people smoking roach spray.," 18 Mar. 2018 There is also a dot or sometimes a star on the dice. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Try This Pair of Clever Family Holiday Traditions," 18 Dec. 2018 The Bucks roll the dice on the one-time top prospect who left Western Kentucky two weeks into his freshman year. 18. David Murphy, Philly.com, "NBA mock draft: If he's there, Wendell Carter is an option for Sixers at No. 10 | David Murphy," 19 June 2018 The first reason, believe it or not, is because playing even the simplest game teaches some basic skills: matching pairs, taking turns, counting the dots on dice. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, "The grand adventure: Gamesmanship essential to grandparenting," 12 Feb. 2018 The route began at Red Rock Canyon, where players needed to land snake eyes on fuzzy dice before setting off, and ended with sushi dinner along the Strip. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Viva Las Vegas: The Golden Knights Have Become the Hottest Act in Hockey," 6 Feb. 2018 With huge game boards, tons of figurines, and dice galore, Rebellion plays like Risk meets Twilight Imperium: 4th Edition in a galaxy far, far away. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Star Wars Toys for Any Aspiring Jedi," 27 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab tested how evenly food processors were able to dice onions, mince parsley, grind parmesan cheese, slice tomatoes, shred carrots and mozzarella, and knead dough. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Food Processors to Buy, According to Kitchen Appliance Experts," 1 Feb. 2019 To drippings in skillet, over medium-high heat, add garlic mixture, tomato, ground and diced red pepper; cook and stir until tomatoes are slightly dry, 4 to 5 minutes. Grace Young, ELLE Decor, "Spanish Culinary Ambassador," 5 July 2012 Lunch Top 1 large baked potato with 1/4 cup grated cheese, 3 tablespoons diced avocado, and 1/4 cup salsa. Delia A. Hammock, M.s., Good Housekeeping, "A 7-Day, 1,300-Calorie Meal Plan," 10 Nov. 2014 Senior attacker Ben Reeves proved a nightmare matchup for Albany (16-3), dicing up the Great Dane ranks in a scorching performance that featured five goals and four assists. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "Yale, Duke reach Division 1 lacrosse title game," 26 May 2018 The pancetta should be diced by hand, the mushrooms are best chopped with a knife, and the tomatoes crushed with a fork. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "2014 Barbarescos: Triumphs and Question Marks," 8 Feb. 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 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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