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

Then again, some teams made sure to make the trades to help define their destiny, unwilling to simply roll the dice and take their chances. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Here's how the MLB playoff races will shake out," 14 Aug. 2019 Rolling the dice Casino operators must secure a coveted license before breaking ground. Orla Mccaffrey, Dallas News, "Jerry Jones gets a step closer to building $225 million casino in Arkansas," 14 Aug. 2019 Each game comes equipped with four scenarios, memorable locations from the respective movie or TV title, and tons of accessories including maps, tokens, dice, and cards. Christina Butan, EW.com, "Funko Pop just released its first-ever board games, featuring Harry Potter, DC, and Rick and Morty characters," 8 Aug. 2019 Roll the dice Verstappen eventually forced his rival wide and off the track and emerged unscathed still leading the race. Matias Grez, CNN, "Lewis Hamilton storms from behind to win thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix," 4 Aug. 2019 As this year's draft has no real consensus outside the top five, the Suns should roll the dice on Hunter. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NBA mock draft: Darius Garland, Coby White, or De'Andre Hunter for Suns in 2019 NBA draft?," 5 June 2019 Red meat, family history among risk factors Some colorectal cancer risk factors can be controlled, while other factors are a roll of the genetic dice. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Newer guidelines call for colonoscopies 5 years earlier, many insurances cover costs," 28 July 2019 Remove from the grill and dice when cool enough to touch. Alexandra Hall, BostonGlobe.com, "Can you make a vegetarian meal on the grill? Let local chefs show you how," 17 July 2019 As with a spontaneous miscarriage or tough roll of the genetic dice, victims are said to assume the risk and forced to move on. Dov Fox, Vox, "The legal limbo of lost embryos," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The possibilities are limited only by one’s ability to slice and dice the American people. Jay Cost, National Review, "How Republicans Can Appeal to the White Working Class," 25 July 2019 As the Arctic warms, the once solitary home of indigenous peoples who lived off its wildness instead of trying to master it will be diced up and developed like the rest of the world to its south. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Nations Claim Large Overlapping Sections of Arctic Seafloor," 23 July 2019 The very first image released from season 10 of The Walking Dead showed a badass looking Michonne slicing and dicing zombies while fire raged in the background. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Danai Gurira confirms she is leaving The Walking Dead," 19 July 2019 Peel and dice one of the peaches and add to the filling. Carrie Knauer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrie’s Kitchen: July means peaches and cooking with peaches is delectable," 17 July 2019 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

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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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