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

Kilroy said no dice and found space on the piers instead. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF on verge of banning sales of new fur clothes," 19 Mar. 2018 The game starts with throwing dice to pick a dealer, who then shuffles the tiles, with each player getting 13. Jeff Seidel, baltimoresun.com, "Tile guile: Mahjong, senior center form cross-cultural bond in Arbutus," 9 Sep. 2019 Inherited privilege or a random roll of the dice weren’t sufficient to make today’s business titans or their predecessors successful. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Who ‘Deserves’ to Go to Harvard?," 13 June 2019 Run line: The Cards (-1.5, -110) are worth a roll of the dice on the run line, too. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies odds, picks and betting tips," 10 Sep. 2019 RB Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins Drake was another RB that people have been rolling the dice on for upside. Mark Deming, SI.com, "Fantasy Football Week 1 Start ’Em, Sit ’Em," 5 Sep. 2019 Playing the Knock-Out board game are Ana Barragan, library volunteer Verna Silvia and Curren Lamont, shown rolling the dice. Ramona Sentinel, "Children sharpen skills in Summer Math Land," 22 July 2019 The former Broncos legend has rolled the dice with Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Chad Kelly and Case Keenum. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "“Cautiously optimistic”: Broncos Country welcomes change as 2019 team debuts at training camp," 18 July 2019 Reds: Roll the dice on the second half and don’t trade Yasiel Puig. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "One thing every MLB team needs to do in the second half," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Since late May, Biden’s support has never gone below 26% — his nadir after getting sliced and diced by Harris in the first debate — and no other candidate has climbed as high as 19%. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: It’s still Biden’s race to lose," 3 Sep. 2019 But Cerebras uses the whole wafer for its chips, rather than slicing and dicing chips out from the silicon. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the World's Largest Computer Chip," 27 Aug. 2019 Step 2 Holding mango in the palm of your hand, slice or dice the flesh with a paring knife, being sure not to cut all the way through the skin. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Here's Your Step-by-Step Guide on How to Cut a Mango," 2 Aug. 2019 The issue may raise concerns with consumers who are wary of sharing their data, especially at a time when tech giants such as Google and Facebook are earning billions by slicing and dicing the personal information of its customers. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Amazon offers Prime Day shoppers $10 to track their web data," 16 July 2019 So off the two ran to Loxy’s den, where Loxy began to speed-read his handy-dandy cookbook about slicing and dicing sweetmeat and Tex Mex green beans and chugalugging them down with mai tais, Tia Marias, pale ale and near beer. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Once upon a rhyme time: the tale of Chicken Licken," 6 July 2019 After several minutes of probing the backline, Orlando City strung together a series of quick passes to slice and dice the defense, with Nani feeding Ruan, who sent a bullet to Higuita deep in the box. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City battle for a 2-2 home draw against LAFC," 8 Sep. 2019 With its reliance on the running game and tight ends on short-and middle-distance routes, Stanford is built for grinding opponents on second-and-six, not slicing and dicing them on second-and-12. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Stanford preview: Make-or-break season for the Cardinal as a North division heavyweight," 22 Aug. 2019 Finely dice enough of the remaining mango to fill 1 cup; cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Los Angeles Times, "Make these mangonada bars for the best chill treat during the hot summer," 13 Aug. 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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