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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 The arrest affidavit quoted the confidential informant as saying Gonzales was seen in line to enter the hall and participating with a large crowd in a restroom in a dice game. USA TODAY, "Man held in Texas Halloween party shooting is freed as case crumbles," 6 Nov. 2019 Butler was visiting an acquaintance who was playing a dice game in the backyard of the residence, according to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "He was convicted of fatally shooting a man when he was 17. Now he will serve 75 years.," 17 Oct. 2019 Any major festival’s Oscar-predictive track record is largely a matter of luck, like Nathan Detroit’s dice game. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Venice Film Festival preview: Can ‘Joker,’ Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson and ‘Birth of a Nation’'s Nate Parker continue the festival’s hot streak?," 22 Aug. 2019 The sites also featured roulette and the Chinese dice game sic bo. Alice Su, latimes.com, "China has a new casino: the Philippines," 1 July 2019 Paul recalls dice games, men drinking, people singing, prostitution, drugs, kids playing ball in the street—but Little Rich was mostly about collecting trophies in schoolboy football and basketball. SI.com, "The King Maker: Why Rich Paul Will Own the NBA Summer," 12 June 2019 But Volocopter’s VoloDrone design has a whopping 18 rotors, capping off a Dungeons & Dragons’ dice bag of hexacopters (six rotors), octocopters (eight rotors), and more. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Here's John Deere's Cropdusting Drone," 7 Nov. 2019 The Caesars Palace Grand Prix may have a roll of the dice but the 79-year-old still believes Las Vegas deserves another shot at F1. Sarah Holt, CNN, "When the US Grand Prix was staged in a Las Vegas parking lot," 31 Oct. 2019 Students have found dozens of artifacts including toy guns and bone dice that can be used to learn more about the history of each site. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Lone Star College students searching for artifacts in Freedmen’s Town," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The original recall included an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat poultry products including frozen cooked, diced, or shredded chicken distributed by brands including Butterball, Perdue, and Sysco. Elizabeth Wolfe And Brian Ries, CNN, "Chicken processing company Tip Top Poultry recalls its meat from stores over Listeria fears," 10 Oct. 2019 Argentina sliced and diced the United States 47-17 in rugby-mad Kumagaya, completing its World Cup campaign and reaffirming its supremacy in the Americas. Foster Niumata, Houston Chronicle, "Argentina qualifies for 2023 Rugby World Cup with win over US," 9 Oct. 2019 Instead of dicing the apples, Claire went with halves. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Claire Saffitz Made the Apple Cake of Our Dreams," 23 Sep. 2019 Running back Chuba Hubbard diced the Beavers with 221 rushing yards and three scores. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "McNeese State vs. Oklahoma State Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Time," 7 Sep. 2019 Most of the work involved in preparing the soup goes into simply dicing the vegetables to a uniform size — 1/4 to 1/2 inch — that will cook evenly and quickly. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Are you enjoying an overabundant summer harvest? Put it in your soup pot!," 31 July 2019 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

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

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Last Updated

26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dice.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diced. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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dice

noun
How to pronounce dice (audio)

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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